3 cups butter, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups cornstarch
Nonpareils and/or halved candied cherries
1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Gradually add flour and cornstarch, beating until well blended.
2. With hands lightly dusted with additional cornstarch, roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press lightly with a floured fork. Top with nonpareils or cherry halves.
3. Bake at 300° until bottoms are lightly browned, 20 to 22 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min./batch
YIELD: 8 dozen.