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Cherry Bonbon Cookies Recipe

Cherry Bonbon Cookies Recipe

This is a very old recipe from my grandma. The sweet cherry filling surprises folks trying them for the first time. —Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:48 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 24 maraschino cherries
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  • 2. Divide dough into 24 portions; shape each portion around a cherry, forming a ball. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. For glaze, combine sugar, butter and cherry juice until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 225 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 113mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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LisaxB User ID: 8172968 215442
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"I make 2 batches. Use red food coloring and put cherries in the center and green food coloring with chocolate chips in the center. For the top I melt chocolate chips and dip the tops refrigerate and they travel very well."

annedovel User ID: 6363205 82238
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"Great taste. easy to make. At first my dough was crumbly, but I'm never terribly exact measuring flour or powdered sugar. I added about a teaspoon of water and that made the dough stick together."

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 75157
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"These were great, but I did change them up a bit. I only used 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar in the dough, and added a few drops of red food coloring to tint the dough pink. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. I was worried that these cookies wouldn't travel well with the frosting so I rolled them in additional confectioners' sugar."

DG Chalmers User ID: 4135541 75156
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"those who had trouble with crumbling maybe did not measure exactly, maybe too much flour. thought they were great."

bobobearzoe User ID: 1943623 33769
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"Did not have a problem with the dough being too dry & not holding together at all! I made the icing & put into a plunger type decorating tube, so that it would come out like the picture. Ended up with about double the icing I would have needed. Other than that, they are REALLY good."

old gramma User ID: 5779386 90168
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Sorry wil try these again trying to make the dough a little bit more so it is moister than it was. Will try that. Even though they did not turn out pretty they did taste good."

old gramma User ID: 5779386 94351
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"I found the cookiee dough was to crumble would not form into a ball around the cherry"

vlhunsberger User ID: 4426504 94350
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"I have a similar recipe froma very old betty crocker cookbook that my mom passed on to me. She made her bon bons with a hershey kiss inside too and topped with some chocolate ganache type icing. They are amazing!"

beccaod User ID: 5469288 75155
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

"These were amazing! I'm not a fan of maraschino cherries by themselves by this was a great recipe! Everyone loved them!"

Pollydoll User ID: 5651879 129792
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"I'm decreasing the flour next time. They came together O.K. to bake but there was a flour aftertaste. The Mexican wedding cookie recipe I usually make uses 1 cup of butter to 2 cups of flour. Next time I will add a little cherry extract and use jumbo maraschino cherries. I don't even like cherry that much but these cookies are worth a second go around."

mobbs User ID: 2501900 33768
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"definitely a repeat recipe"

blueberry chaser User ID: 5292041 81938
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Dough was very dry had to add several tablespoons of milk to get dough to stick, cookies ended up turning out great. Maybe next time will add bit of the cherry juice to the dough for nice pink color. We cut the cherries in half and those made nice bite sized cookies. On a few, we even tucked chocolate chip inside the cherry for a chocolate surprise, those were ok. We really liked the ones with just the halved cherry inside and there were not many left to even frost as everyone kept eating them. The ones we did have left over for frosting, we dipped in some melted chocolate and sprinkled with ground pecans. Wow, that made it taste like chocolate covered cherry. Will make again."

Joy2Bake User ID: 2335231 94181
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"These are delicious, and SO easy to make! My kids love them! Will definitely make them again!"

KathryninIndia User ID: 5670793 100640
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2010

"I was thrilled to find this recipe. My mother made these in the 1960s and I lost her recipe. I am making them for a Christmas Party tomorrow. SO happy!"

lacyrp User ID: 3127075 81816
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"This is my new favorite cookie! They are so good! I have company coming soon, but I'm not sure the cookies will still be here when they arrive!"

harv614 User ID: 107350 115617
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"This is one of my daughters favorite cookies!! I leave the stems on my cherries when I make these cookies.. they look so darn cute on the cookie tray. I also make a very thin glaze with just the cherry juice & 10x sugar to dip each cookie into, making sure to set them on a wire rack to drip dry or they will get soggy on the bottom. This is one of those cookies that tastes better after it sits a couple of days.. it really is a hit!!!"

Lesl1e User ID: 2055729 100639
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"I forgot to rate this, of course it is a 5!"

Lesl1e User ID: 2055729 90167
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"My Aunt Jeanette made this last year and they were a great hit. She has made them a few times since. I think I will buy her 1 gallon of cherries this year. A great thank you gift, too!"

JYN455 User ID: 2510721 82560
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2010

"I love this cookie!!! My mother in law gave me another version of this recipe which taste good but i often had problems making them. I now use this recipe and have great results every time. My family and friends request these cookies every year at Christmas time."

tpholland User ID: 1855887 33251
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2010

"These were not only very simple to make, but quite attractive for serving & oh so delicious!!"

boogurr User ID: 4730752 81815
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

"These are just tooo cute! However, the dough kinda flattened around the cherries a little :/ Did that happen for anyone else? PLUS the frosting is easy and tasty! Mmm!"

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 34038
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"Delicious cookies!! They aren't too sweet but have just enough flavor to make them a GREAT tea cookie or cookie to go with your coffee in the morning. I also love how quick and easy these cookies are to make. I will definitely make these often!"

hotpinkbox User ID: 4119053 33248
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I made this last year for my childrens teachers, but I dipped the tops in dark and white chocolate. They were a huge hit. I'm making them again this year."

Herkyhawk User ID: 991122 33764
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"I made these last year for Christmas, they were delicious and so easy to make. Will make again this year."

hahymen User ID: 3888769 51893
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2009

"These cookies were so easy to make. I made two batches for Christmas. They were the first to go. They would make good Easter and Valetine cookies too."

AnnMarie R User ID: 1036144 75153
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2008

"These are wonderful cookies! The recipe was easy to make as well as eat! I made two batches and wanted to try them in chocolate. I used the same recipe and added 1/4 cup of Hershey cocoa and frosed them with a chocolate frosting. They are wonderful too!"

Flenner User ID: 2160342 115583
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2008

"Everyone loved these cookies at Christmas!"

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