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Yuletide Cherry Cookies Recipe

Yuletide Cherry Cookies Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 72 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

Reviews for Yuletide Cherry Cookies

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_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 225969
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"

trishina User ID: 5661912 75114
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!"

lois1555 User ID: 6596966 104285
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"

katzpawz User ID: 856911 104284
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!"

myrojisa User ID: 4987248 75111
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!!"

Ron07 User ID: 5239194 74751
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Oh ! so good,i would roll them in pinioli nuts ."

katzzz User ID: 4210778 74748
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2009

"I love these cookies and make them every year at Christmas. I go exactly by the recipe given and would not change a thing. Simply Delicious.


corky collis User ID: 3198400 149486
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2009

"Good cookie base,I also skipped the rice crispies...and my Grand children prefer halved gum drops instead of cherries!


sbuffman User ID: 1497756 155785
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"Good flavored cookie, but would skip the rice cereal next time and maybe use ground nuts of some sort or nothing at all as the cereal tasted stale the next day."

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