Mama’s Cherry Hideaways

A holiday favorite from the chef-owner of Traverse City's Patisserie Amie.


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 ounces chopped almonds
  • 20 ounces candied cherries
  • White chocolate for dipping
  • Powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream sugar and butter. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Form 2 teaspoons of dough into a ball. Flatten ball and place a cherry in the center; roll dough around cherry. Bake at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes or until set and the edges are lightly browned. When cool, dip the balls in white chocolate (melted in a double boiler) and sprinkle with powdered sugar.