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Cheery Cherry Cookies

With a tall glass of ice-cold milk, a couple of cherry cookies really hit the spot for dessert or as a snack. The coconut and bits of cherries provide a fun look and texture. —Judy Clark, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, well drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, cream brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. In another bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in the cherries, coconut and pecans.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 81 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • lmoreno
    Jul 17, 2019

    These cookies are delicious. Only thing I did differently is I used fresh cherries. Yum!

  • TrishtheDish1
    Jan 17, 2018

    These cookies reminded me so much of the typical lunch box cookies my mother used to make for us when we were children. I, too, made a quick cherry glaze to drizzle on them from the jarred juice of the maraschino cherries. Just another dimension to bring forth the cherry flavor. Don't omit the pecans, they add so much to this cookie. Now I'm really missing Mom.....

  • tmalia23
    Dec 8, 2015

    These are amazingly delicious! FYI - If you're a maraschino hater, they do sell dye free, artificial flavor free, high fructose corn syrup free maraschino cherries. Tillen Farms Northwest Fresh is the brand I buy and you will NEVER go back to anything else. Great recipe "as is" - perfect!

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    Oct 18, 2015


  • gramcayo
    Dec 16, 2014

    These are amazing. I have had my favorite Christmas cookies for 50 years with little variation but these are now a "keeper". Moist, soft, with just the right amount of cherries. I made the initial batch but then made again to have more. Thanks Judy!

  • lindalouk
    Apr 5, 2014

    I made these cookies as one of my Christmas cookies the family loved them. They stayed so nice and soft not a crumbly cookie. We loved the cherry taste I added more cherries than the recipe called for since cherries are a favorite of all the family members. We will continue to use it as a favorite Christmas cookie. You can also add green cherries for the Christmas season........

  • NancyBJRN
    Jul 31, 2013

    This is my favorite cookie from Taste of Home as well as my sister's! Every time I make it for any occasion I am asked to make it again. (Especially my sister and mother!)

  • DianeW74
    Jul 17, 2013

    Instead of using maraschino cherries, I use dried cherries (found next to dried cranberries) and I also added 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Excellent cookies!

  • msboop
    Jul 17, 2013

    REALLY GOOD. to dekranouhi and mullenpm, THEN DON'T MAKE THEM. don't get on here and tell people what they already know, PERSONAL CHOICES

  • x1x1
    Jul 17, 2013

    -very moist and a softer cookie