Cherry-Pistachio Slices

1/4 c. shortening
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. baking soda
dash salt
1 egg yolk
2 Tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 c. maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped
1/2 c. finely chopped pistachios

A delicious holiday cookie

Beat shortening and butter with electric mixer, on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking soda and salt; beat until combined. Beat in egg yolk, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in cherries and remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Shape dough into a 10roll. Roll dough in nuts until covered. Wrap and chill at least 4 hours.

Cut dough into 1/4" thick slices. Place slices 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are light brown. Cool on wire rack.

Makes: about 36