I found a recipe online back in 2001 and printed it off - but it always went into my one cookbook. Every Holiday Season I would go through the sack of recipes and decide which ones to make - this one always was put to the side - but I never had the heart to throw it away. I knew I wanted to make them some year.
Well, 9 years later - it finally happened - after a few personal tweaks of the recipe - the "Santa's Whiskers" came to life. The biggest challenge with the recipe is cutting up the candied cherries. Wow are they sticky, sticky, sticky! That was the most time consuming part of the entire process - but well worth all the effort.
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup chopped candied cherries
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Cream together butter and sugar
Blend in milk and vanilla
Stir in flour and mix well
Stir in Cherries, Pecans, and Coconut
Make into balls (walnut size) and flatten on ungreased cookie sheet