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Dipped Cherry Cookies Recipe

Dipped Cherry Cookies Recipe

Our seven children and four grandkids voted this festive, flavorful cookie a “keeper.” We gave a batch to our mail carrier, in thanks for trudging through so much snow, and she asked for the recipe. —Ruth Anne Dale, Titusville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + standing YIELD:51 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries, patted dry
  • 12 ounces white baking chocolate, finely chopped, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • Coarse sugar and red edible glitter


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine flour and 1/2 cup sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Knead in the cherries, 2/3 cup white chocolate and extract until dough forms a ball.
  • 2. Shape into 3/4-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a glass dipped in remaining sugar. Bake at 325° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. In a microwave, melt shortening and remaining white chocolate; stir until smooth.
  • 4. Dip half of each cookie into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; sprinkle with coarse sugar and edible glitter. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: Edible glitter is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 108 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 34mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0g fiber), 1g protein .

Reviews for Dipped Cherry Cookies

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Brenda2772 219497
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"Nice, subtle cherry flavor. Tried dipped in white chocolate & dark chocolate, not sure which we liked better, but the white ones were prettier. Mixed everything in the food processor. Super easy, but my cookies were a uniform pink color. Might try them again with a glaze or icing instead."

happycat20 140065
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

"question making for a wedding can these cookies be frozen."

sugarcrystal 170949
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"These are really good & look so pretty on a cookie tray! I made them for Christmas & then again for Valentine's day!"

Shaysh 170311
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"I made these with Brown Rice Flour (gluten free). Needed to add 1/2 Cup more flour. Turned out delicious!! I'll make them again!!"

allykat84 111005
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"These came out great! I made them for a cookie exchange and everyone loved them! They were a little time consuming but not overly so. I liked the limited ingredients. I will attempt these as glutton-free and post my results."

bpavlock 84467
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"Just made these, they are excellent couldn't keep everyone from eating them lol"

msearls04 140064
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2013

"LOVE it! It's a must have for Christmas baking list. I also like to make it for Valentines day as well.

I use a food processor for the white chocolate and cherries to help the flavor mix throughout the dough a little better and I keep a little of the marachino liquid and add it in for a little more coloring and cherry flavor."

jfernandez0013 111000
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2011

"My family makes this every year for Christmas. We get a lot of requests for this cookie."

Cindy Lee G 81612
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"I've been making this recipe at Christmas for years, its super delicious and beautiful on the cookie platter! The flavors of white chocolate and cherry are a great combo"

brighton1224 84466
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"It's a little bit of an assembly with the chopping and dipping, etc. but worth the effort."

joniotto 170303
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"These are delicious and well worth the effort! I dipped half of my cookies in the white chocolate and the others in dark chocolate - they turned out beautiful! The sanding sugar and glitter really added a special touch!"

beccaod 140063
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"I'd add a little more flavoring next time, they were good and looked pretty, but didn't have a lot of flavor to them. Maybe some maraschino juice?"

Mrs_T 209544
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"I tried these last year for the first time. Absolutely delicious and so pretty! I didn't have edible glitter so used red sugar and white sugar. These are on my baking list again this year."

jenschlegel 172707
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"These cookies are great! I don't dip the cookies in additional white chocolate and think I get more of the shortbread and cherry flavor."

playercookrs1 110990
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"followed receipe as wrote but didn't have enough white chocolate to dip so used dark chocolate and dipped in fine coconut delicious"

skbyron 84465
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"The cookies actually remind me of shortbread, only with a cherry and almond flavor. I love them! They are good dipped in White chocolate OR white bark."

ashleyk1982 171283
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"You have to keep working the dough, as you knead the dough the butter softens and it will form a ball! don't add liquid bc then they will flatten out. Just try it again :) It's a new favorite in my home...if you like cherries you will love these cookies!!!"

thanet1 172705
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009

"I, too, had trouble with the original mixture, as made up following the recipe. With a lack of liquid, there was no way that the dough would stick together so that you could roll the little balls. I first tried melting some of the chocolate but that was not enough so then I added a little milk and that seems to be working. (I'm baking as I write.) But it would be interesting to know what the originator of the recipe did to make a dough that would form a ball."

love_my_life 81604
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"I do not understand how this recipe is supposed to work at all! First off, the batter was so dry there was absolutely NO way to form balls. Secondly, after I finally was able to manage some sort of balls, they flattened in the oven to paper thin, mushy cookies that would not even come off the pan. I have no idea how these would ever look like the picture does. The only thing I can imagine is that the recipe is incorrect, as I read it and reread it and know that I followed the directions exactly.

This is crazy- I had such high hopes for these!"

yolie8174 110989
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"very good recipe, I made these cookies last year for part of my Christmas cookie platter and they went fast."

October13 209543
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2008

"These were so good! I should have made more, they went fast!!"

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