Yuletide Cherry Cookies Recipe
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Yuletide Cherry Cookies Recipe

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Crispy on the outside, these eye-catching cherry-topped cookies are chewy and tender on the inside. They're a great hit whenever I take them to holiday parties or cookie exchanges!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup crushed crisp rice cereal
  • 15 red and/or green maraschino cherries, halved and patted dry

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 72 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar. Beat in almond extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in crushed cereal. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a cherry half into the center of each cookie. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Yuletide Cherry Cookies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2004, p42

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Reviewed May. 6, 2015

"Even though the name of the cookies are Yuletide Cherry Cookies, I make these all year long. In my family cookies are one of the favorite desserts and I make all kinds. This is particularly good because of the crunchiness of the crispy rice cereal. We love them!

Nancy Foust (_nlfPA)
Field Editor PA"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"This cookie has been a tradition in our house. Of course, kids are grown up now, but still make them with some substitutions I use bran flakes for rice cereal I add dates, chopped cherries, and raisins to the batter. So good!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"AWESOME!!!!!! I would not change a thing I have been making these cookies for Christmas for the last 4 years and I always end up making at least 3 recipes my family and I love love love them"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"Great cookies MINUS the rice cereal. I used colored sugars instead. Red with a green cherry and green with a red cherry. Festive and yummy!"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011

"I made these cookies for our church's High Tea. I replaced the maraschino cherries with the canned cherry pie filling. Make sure the rice cereal is crushed really fine and barely roll the balls in it. There were delightful!!"

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