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Old Fashioned Cherry Winks - A Cherry Winks with Cornflakes Recipe

Old Fashioned Cherry Winks is a vintage recipe from Kellogg's back when cornflake cereal was commonly found in your pantry.  Making these Cherry Winks with Cornflakes Recipe is a welcome blast from the past. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry drop cookies, cherry winks, cherry winks with cornflakes recipe, kellogg's cherry winks, old fashioned cherry winks
Servings: 60 cookies
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup finely cut, dried dates
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries
  • 2 2/3 cups cornflakes, coarsely crushed
  • 15 maraschino cherries, cut into quarters

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
    Old Fashioned Cherry Winks is a vintage recipe from Kellogg's back when cornflake cereal was commonly found in your pantry.  Making these Cherry Winks with Cornflakes Recipe is a welcome blast from the past. 
  • Add eggs, and beat well.
    Old Fashioned Cherry Winks is a vintage recipe from Kellogg's back when cornflake cereal was commonly found in your pantry.  Making these Cherry Winks with Cornflakes Recipe is a welcome blast from the past. 
  • Mix in milk and vanilla until smooth.
    Old Fashioned Cherry Winks is a vintage recipe from Kellogg's back when cornflake cereal was commonly found in your pantry.  Making these Cherry Winks with Cornflakes Recipe is a welcome blast from the past. 
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture slowly to wet mixture, and mix until combined.
    Old Fashioned Cherry Winks is a vintage recipe from Kellogg's back when cornflake cereal was commonly found in your pantry.  Making these Cherry Winks with Cornflakes Recipe is a welcome blast from the past. 
  • Stir in chopped nuts, dates and cherries.
    Old Fashioned Cherry Winks is a vintage recipe from Kellogg's back when cornflake cereal was commonly found in your pantry.  Making these Cherry Winks with Cornflakes Recipe is a welcome blast from the past. 
  • Scoop approximately 1 tablespoon of dough for each cookie. Place in crushed cornflakes, and roll into balls.
    Old Fashioned Cherry Winks is a vintage recipe from Kellogg's back when cornflake cereal was commonly found in your pantry.  Making these Cherry Winks with Cornflakes Recipe is a welcome blast from the past. 
  • Place a quartered maraschino cherry in the center of each cookie, barely pressing down. Place on cookie sheet, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
    Old Fashioned Cherry Winks is a vintage recipe from Kellogg's back when cornflake cereal was commonly found in your pantry.  Making these Cherry Winks with Cornflakes Recipe is a welcome blast from the past. 
  • Remove from cookie tray immediately.
    Old Fashioned Cherry Winks is a vintage recipe from Kellogg's back when cornflake cereal was commonly found in your pantry.  Making these Cherry Winks with Cornflakes Recipe is a welcome blast from the past. 

Notes

  • Use stick margarine, not tub margarine. Let soften first.
  • Butter can be substituted for margarine; soften first.
  • Drain off the liquid from the maraschino cherries before using.
  • Save yourself trouble by purchasing your dates already cut fine. 
  • Chopped walnuts would be a good substitution for chopped pecans. 
  • The original cherry wink recipe called for coarsely chopped cornflakes.  Place the cornflakes in a zip lock bag, and crush with a rolling pin.
  • These cherry drop cookies can easily brown on the bottom. To prevent this, bake on a piece of parchment paper or be sure to use a cookie sheet pan that isn't darkened from use and time. 
  • Remove the baked cookies immediately from the pan after baking.
  • Have extra maraschino cherries?  Try this Cherry Rhubarb Crisp.