1 cup Gold Medal flour (if using self-rising flour, omit baking powder, baking soda, and salt)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 egg
1 1/2 tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup raisins or cut-up dates
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 1/2 cups Wheaties cereal, crushed
Candied or maraschino cherry halves

Heat oven to 375F. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, shortening, egg, milk, and vanilla. Stir in raisins and nuts. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into cereal; roll gently until completely coated. Place balls 2" apart on greased baking sheet. Top each with a piece of cherry. Bake 10 to 12 minutes.

3 dozen cookies