I have no idea who Aunt Holly is, and I'm quite sure I never met her....maybe a great aunt on Mark's side. Mark doesn't know either, but we have always thought it was a family recipe. I do know she left us a legacy of great cookies. We've been making these for at least twenty years.
This year Mark came home from the store with only red cherries, they were out of the green.....oh no I said, we need to find green, there really is no choice, it's not Aunt Holly's until there are red and green cherries!
Cream together 3/4 pound of butter and 1 cup of sugar.
Add 3 egg yolks and 1 tsp vanilla
Mix in 4 cups of flour
Shape into small balls by rolling in your hands. Roll the finished ball in sugar and place on a cookie sheet. Use your thumb to form an indent and place one half of a dried maraschino cherry on top (1/2 red and 1/2 green!).
Cook in a 350 oven for ten minutes or until lightly golden on the bottom.
Makes 3 to 4 dozen depending on how large you roll them.
Merry Christmas, Happy holidays, and may the season be kind to you however you celebrate it.