Almond Cherry Snowball Cookies

1 lb. butter, softened

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese

1 c. sugar

1 t. almond extract

4 cups flour

pinch of salt

1 jar maraschino cherries, drained and halved

Powdered sugar


Cream butter and cream cheese.  Add sugar and almond extract and beat until light and fluffy.  Sift together flour and salt. Gradually add to creamed butter using lowest setting on a stand mixer until combined.  Refrigerate for an hour or two.  Roll a rounded tablespoon of dough into a ball, make an indentation with your thumb or finger and place a maraschino cherry inside. Wrap and roll the dough around the cherry.  Place on a parchment lined sheet of paper and bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes.  Let cool completely and then sprinkle generously with sifted powdered sugar.