1 1/2 cup Light corn syrup
2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Water
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/4 cup Soft butter or margarine
1 cup toasted chopped almonds
Mix first 4 ingredients in heavy saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved.Cook,withoutstirring, until a small amount of the mixture dropped in cold water forms a hard ball(205-F).
Beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry, in large bowl of electric mixer. Gradually beat in about one fourth (not more)of the syrup,and and continue beating until mixture holds its shape.
Cook remaining syrup until a small amount of mixture separates into hard and brittle threads when dropped in cold water(300-F).Gradually beat into first mixture, and continue beating until the mixture begins to hold its shape.
Add flavoring and food coloring to tint a delicate shade.
Beat in the butter,continue beating until very thick and satiny. Stir in nuts and cherries.Press into a buttered 8x8x2 inch pan, smoothing top. Let stand until firm. Turn out of pan, and cut in 1 1/2\" by 1\" pieces. Wrap each piece individually in waxed paper.