Honey Macaroonies

1½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats
½ cup flaked coconut
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup butter or margarine
2 tablespoons honey
36 red or green candied cherries

In large mixing bowl stir together first 4 ingredients. In heavy saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, and honey; bring to boiling, stirring frequently. Pour over dry ingredients; blend well. For each cookie, press one level tablespoon mixture into greased 1¾-inch muffin pan. (For flatter, crisper cookie, place dough in 2-inch muffin pan.) Top each with candied cherry. Bake in 350° oven for 15 to 20 minutes or till well browned. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove from pans to rack. Cool completely. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

JAM THUMBPRINTS

In mixing bowl cream ¾ cup butter and ½ cup sugar till light and fluffy. Add 2 eggs and 1½ teaspoons vanilla; beat well. Thoroughly stir together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1½ teaspoons baking powder, and &Frac14; teaspoon salt. Stir into creamed mixture. Chill at least 1 hour. Shape dough into 48 balls. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. With moistened finger, make indentation in each cookie. Combine ½ cup red raspberry, boysenberry, or currant jam; ⅓ cup chopped filberts; and 1 teaspoon grated orange or lemon peel. Place ½ teaspoon jam filling in center of each cookie. Beat 2 egg whites with ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar till soft peaks form. Gradually add ½ cup sugar, beating to stiff peaks. Pipe a wreath of meringue around jam atop each cookie. Bake in a 350° oven 10 to 13 minutes. Remove to rack; cool. Makes 48.


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