Stir together flour,salt and baking powder;set aside.In a large mixing bowl,beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Add eggs;beat well.Stir in milk and vanilla extract.
Add flour mixture;thoroughly combine.Stir in nuts,dates and 1/3 cup chopped cherries.
Portion dough using a level measuring tablespoon.Shape into balls.Roll in crushed corn flakes.
Place about 2" apart on greased baking sheets.Top each cookie with a cherry quarter.
Bake in a 375 degree oven about 10 minutes or until lightly browned.Remove immediately from baking sheets and cool on wire racks.