My mom made these growing up and I like to make them once in a while, just to bring back those memories.
1 3/4 cups Wheaties cereal (can also use bran or corn flakes)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts
About 36 maraschino cherries
Heat oven to 375ºF. Crush cereal; set aside. In large bowl, mix sugar, shortening, milk, vanilla and egg. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in raisins and nuts.
Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into crushed cereal; roll gently until completely coated. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press cherry into each cookie.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or just until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
crushed bran flakes