I don't know if it's true that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree, but I do know that his birthday is as good a reason as any to enjoy these cherry cookies.
2 1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1 C. butter, softened
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2/3 C. chopped maraschino cherries (reserve liquid)
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 C. coconut
In medium bowl, beat together flour, sugar and butter. Press mixture 10 X 13 pan. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
In a large bowl blend together eggs, brown sugar, salt, baking powder and vanilla. Stir in cherries, nuts and coconut. Pour over crust. Bake for an additional 25 minutes. Cool.
Frost with this icing:
2 Tbsp. butter
2 C. confectioners' sugar
enough cherry juice to make a smooth frosting.
Frost. Refrigerate and cut into squares.
It's the little things in life, like including one of these cookies in your children's lunchpails that make memories. When my grown sons reminisce about their childhood, they never mention expensive vacations or things that were purchased. It's always about the people or the common ordinary days that were made special by the little gestures, such as a cherry cookie on Washington's birthday or sandwiches made with green bread on Saint Patrick's day. Little gestures, I might add, that only cost a few pennies. Never miss an opportunity to make a memory.