1/2cupmaraschino cherries,chopped small and dried with paper towel
Cream butter and 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Add pudding and flour and continue mixing until combined. Add almond extract and a few drops of green food coloring (makes them more festive!) and continue mixing until blended.
Add chopped nuts and cherries and stir gently with spoon.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets by lining with [easyazon_link identifier="B00D461W5E" locale="US" tag="2coomam-20" popups="n"]silpat[/easyazon_link] (I love these from Amazon & they're a great price) or parchment paper.
Roll dough into 24 1" balls and place on cookie sheet. Press down slightly. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on cookie sheets placed on wire racks.
To finish, sprinkle generously with confectioner's sugar. Store in airtight cookie tin.
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