Cherry Christmas Slices Recipe
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Cherry Christmas Slices Recipe

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Brilliant red and green candied cherries add extra sparkle to these delicious holiday delights. What I really like best is that this recipe's easy to mix up ahead of time. In fact, I've often made the dough in November and kept it in the freezer until I needed it in December! —Katie Koziolek, Hartland, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:66 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 66 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup red candied cherries, halved
  • 1 cup green candied cherries, halved
  • 1 cup pecan halves

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 75 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 33mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; beat until fluffy. Add flour; mix well. Stir in cherries and pecans. Chill 1 hour.
  2. Shape dough into three 10-in. rolls; wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Freeze until ready to bake, or up to 2 months.
  3. To bake, cut frozen rolls into 1/8-in. slices, and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° until edges are golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Yield: about 11 dozen.
Originally published as Cherry Christmas Slices in Country Woman November/December 1995, p38

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Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"I made two batches of dough; one as above, the second I improvised and added grated orange, lemon, & lime zest, slivered almonds, & orange extract instead of vanilla. High altitude tips: make sure butter & eggs at room temp. Preheat oven to 350, and bake slightly less time. Good!!"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

"I have made these cookies every year for Christmas since 1975. They are by far my family's and friend's favorite cookies. They are so easy to make, the hardest part is making 3 logs from the dough to refrigerate and not to eat the dough!"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"These were very good and easy to make. However, cutting into 1/8" slices gives 20 doz cookies! I think that is an error. I sliced into 1/4" and that was just about perfect, giving me approx 10 doz cookies (4/inch x 10 inch = 40 cookies per roll for a total of 120 cookies or 10 doz.)."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"LOVED these!!! I used walnuts and slightly less cherries because that was what I had on hand. I used almond extract in place of vanilla because I love almond and cherry flavor together. They are great and I am making another batch for the weekend party we are going to. They were less sugary sweet and are more like a shortbread type cookie which I prefer anyway. The red and green is so festive and yummy and they slice up great once frozen. If you want to try something different these are for you."

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