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Thomas Jefferson's Bachelor Buttons

Yield 4 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Maraschino cherry halves, well drained

How to Make It

  1. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl; add eggs and vanilla, beating well.

  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl; add to creamed mixture, mixing well.

  3. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls 3 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets; press a cherry half in center of each cookie. Bake at 375° for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets, and cool on wire racks.

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