Posted by: Schmitty 11-11-99 2:53 AM


3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup almonds finely chopped
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
20 candied red cherries quartered
Cinnamon sugar: 1/4 cup granulated sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon ground

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets

Mix flour, almonds, baking powder and salt in large bowl.

In a medium size bowl, beat eggs with a fork to blend. Stir in oil, sugar and vanilla. Stir into flour mixture along with cherries until blended. Divide dough in four pieces.

Place 2 pieces dough on each cookie sheet. Shape each into a 12 inch long log spaced 6 inches apart. Bake both sheets at one time rearranging sheets after 11 minutes. Bake 22 to 26 minutes until a pick inserted in center of logs come out clean.

Cool on sheets on wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen logs with large spatula and slide onto a cutting board. With serrated knife, cut each log in twenty four 1/2 inch thick slices. Roll browned tops and bottoms in cinnamon sugar.

Reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees. Stand slices on cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer until crisp. Remove to wire rack to cool. Store airtight up to 2 weeks or freeze.

Makes 96

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