1 cup sugar 3/4 cup shortening 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 2 1/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped pecans 1 cup chopped dates 1/3 cup maraschino cherries, chopped & drained 1 1/2 cup coarsely crushed corn flakes cereal 15 maraschino cherries, quartered
In large bowl, combine sugar and shortening; beat well. Add milk, vanilla and eggs; mix well.
Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in pecans, dates and 1/3 cup chopped cherries. If necessary, cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 15 minutes for easier handling.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into cereal; thoroughly coat. Shape into balls. Place 2-inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Lightly press maraschino cherry quarter into top of each ball.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheets.