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Cherry Icebox Cookies Recipe

Cherry Icebox Cookies Recipe

As a home economics teacher, I often supplied treats for school functions. These delectable cookies were always popular.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:192 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, cherry and lemon juices and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts and cherries.
  • 2. Shape into four 12-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.
  • 3. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 16 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 66 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 37mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .

Reviews for Cherry Icebox Cookies

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jetluvs2cook 238560
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"very delicious cherry cookie! my cookies turned out more 'cakelike' cookies....kinda like the Amish sugar cookies, only cherry!"

whistlefairy 46882
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2014

"There used to be a bakery in the town I grew up in that had these wonderful "pink cookies". I am trying to find a recipe that reminds me of those dense, crumbly cookies, and this one is not it. They turned out somewhat cakey, and sticky once they cooled. The taste is alright, but I agree with the person who said they're not really worth the time."

pltyler72 94050
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"Very disappointed...not worth the effort"

whispurr 30346
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"The only trouble I had with these was getting them formed into some sort of log shape to put in the refrigerator. The flavor is excellent even if they aren't perfect little round things. :)"

janalamar 72501
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"They are very good and look nice the first time I baked them was 3years ago because my daughter wanted pink cookies and they were so tasty and I never had any problem with the dough"

sparklingpurple 77819
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"These were yummy the second time around, I added a liittle more juice. It gave it more flavor."

JustKate 30324
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"Yummy! These cookies are soft and sweet, just like they look. I used black walnuts that my brother collected and added a teaspoon of vanilla. The dough was very loose and hard to roll into a log, but firmed up nicely. I sliced a little more than a quarted inch thick, so I didn't get quite as many as suggested. Only baked them for 7 minutes. Delish! I will definitely make these cookies again!"

wagondorfer 30323
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"I thought they were floury tasting although the people I made them for really liked them."

JenniHusker 78843
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2008

"Stetz gives this two thumbs up!"

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