Sift flour with baking powder, soda, and salt. Set aside. Combine shortening and sugar; cream well. Blend in 2 eggs. Add milk and vanilla. Blend in sifted dry ingredients; mix well. Add pecans, dates, and maraschino cherries. Mx well. Shape into balls, using 1 Tbsp. (level) dough for each cookie. Roll each ball of dough in crushed corn flakes. Place on greased baking sheet. Top each cookie with 1/4 maraschino cherry. Bake in moderate 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.
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