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Cherry Christmas Slices

Brilliant red and green candied cherries add extra sparkle to these delicious holiday delights. What I really like best is that this recipe's easy to mix up ahead of time. In fact, I've often made the dough in November and kept it in the freezer until I needed it in December! —Katie Koziolek, Hartland, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 11 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup red candied cherries, halved
  • 1 cup green candied cherries, halved
  • 1 cup pecan halves


  • Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; beat until fluffy. Add flour; mix well. Stir in cherries and pecans. Chill 1 hour.
  • Shape dough into three 10-in.-long logs; wrap securely and place in a freezer bag. Freeze until ready to bake, or up to 2 months.
  • To bake, cut frozen logs into 1/8-in. slices, and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° until edges are golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 37 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 14mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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  • Beth
    Dec 10, 2019

    Pretty, but Vapid This came together easily and produced cookies that look just like the picture that accompanies the recipe. Unfortunately, they don't have much flavor. Candied cherries aren't flavored. The vanilla is mild. Almost a bland cookie.

  • lynnkincaid
    Dec 2, 2019

    This is exactly the same recipe my grandmother made every Christmas. I have been doing the same each year since I have had my own kitchen. I am 61 now and plan to continue making them. These are so yummy. Even people that hate fruit cake love these.

  • PenelopeWin
    Jan 6, 2018

    These cookies were very festive looking and easy to make. They tasted good but not great. I will make them again but I will cut the recipe in half.

  • Linda
    Dec 8, 2017

    want to make them is 2 cups red and green cherries a cup of each?

  • Sue Zappa
    Nov 26, 2017

    Psalm 127-3: I have a recipe for Cherry Winks! If you'd like it, please let me know! These cookies might be ones my mom used to make; she called them "Icebox Cookies" & they were one of my favorites. I'm going to try them & hope that I've found a treasure!

  • Colleen
    Nov 25, 2017

    I made these last Christmas, and they will be on my bake list this year also, very good.Hagerstown Md

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 21, 2017

    Nothing says Christmas better than these cookies chocked full of nits and candied cherries!!

  • sg1728
    Dec 31, 2016

    These are a beautiful addition to my annual Christmas cookie menu. Very easy to make. I chopped the cherries into eighths and lightly chopped the pecans. I rolled the dough into two logs, not three. I suggest removing the log from the freezer about 15 minutes before baking to make slicing easier.

  • odaly
    Dec 4, 2016

    These are really great for Christmas...colorful and tasty.

  • Psalm127-3
    Nov 28, 2016

    I'm planning on making these when we return home from week away in RV. I hope&pray they are my mother in laws "cherry winks". one of my favo cookies of hers and one of her favs too. always loved them. she only did red cherries tho never green, I'll do the same. everything else about the recipe looks correct and always used pecans.I'll report results when finished.made the dough and it's getting it's chill on so I can take out/slice/bake. couple hrs from now I shud have results :)I took 1 of the logs out cut it in slices and baked. they are good, a bit temperamental though regarding baking time or temp and maybe that's just me not keeping a close eye. they aren't my mother in laws 'cherry winks' and I was in high hopes. they can probably be a good cookie but I probably won't make again. (unless I'm willing to fiddle around with the recipe/bake time/temp etc.) you never know but for now this will be my last batch.