cherry pine nut cookies

by jani on February 13, 2013

Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d dedicate this post to my loving companion of almost 30 years, HB! This recipe is a team effort… my idea… HB makes it! It works for us.  We love cooking with toasted pine nuts and add them to many of our recipes;  they just enhance the flavors.

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  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts (toast in oven for 12 minutes at 325F degrees or until golden brown)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries
  • 2-4 Tbsp drained maraschino cherry syrup
  • 1  stick of unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In electric mixer beat butter, salt, sugar, honey, cherry juice, flour in that order. Fold in chilled toasted pine nuts and chopped cherries. Roll into balls (a little over an inch in diameter). Chill for 5 minutes in freezer. Dip fork into cold water and flatten each cookie. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

cherry pinenut cookies 1


cherry pinenut cookies 2


cherry pinenut cookies 3

HB was a bachelor in 1983 –  I was a widow with four young children. We met, fell in love and were engaged within three weeks of meeting. Three months later we were married. He became instant husband and daddy to four little munchkins! It truly is a fairy tale romance and we are more in love today than we were on our wedding day, May 28, 1983!

our wedding

I hope you enjoy these wonderful cookies. They are easy to make and taste scrump-dee-a-lishous!

This is for all you romantics in the world. Wishes do come true… and they can happen to you! Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my readers… and Honey Brent, I love you!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Marie February 21, 2013 at 8:16 am

I love that sweet photo of you all at the end. I’m not sure I’ve seen that one! These cookies look yum!


jani February 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

Marie, you probably haven’t. It was hidden among my many treasures. I’m sure it’s time for a treasure hunt in my house… want to join me? 🙂


Brit February 21, 2013 at 9:23 am

You’re Valentines cookies look simply delish!!!! And as for that sweet picture- no words to describe the sweet story. Mixed families are the most fun- hands down!


jani February 21, 2013 at 10:09 am

Brit, you are such a sweetheart. I would welcome your comments anyday! 🙂


Debbie February 14, 2016 at 2:46 am

I love this post, Jan. You two are amazing people in your own right, and as a couple- wow! These cookies look delicious!


jani March 4, 2016 at 2:22 am

Thank you Debbie – that’s so sweet of you! These cookies are really tasty and easy to make!


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