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Cherry No-Bake Cookies

I've always loved my no-bake cookie recipe, but I was never able to place at the fair with it. So I mixed in some maraschino cherries, added a few drops of almond extract, and voila! We won a blue ribbon at the county fair in 2010. —Denise Wheeler, Newaygo, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 5-1/2 dozen


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, well drained and finely chopped


  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar, butter, milk and cocoa. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter and extracts until blended. Stir in oats and cherries. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until set. Store in airtight containers.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cherries are jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are good for your health. To sweeten the deal, they’re low in calories, too.
  • Check out more winning recipes that took home the blue ribbon.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 81 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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    • Karen8inWorcester
      Jul 26, 2020

      Cherries aren't on the ingredient list. Marachino? How much should be used? Thanks.

    • soonrzfan
      Apr 27, 2020

      The photo makes them look like meatballs!

    • Carol
      Dec 16, 2019

      I add a half cup coconut shredded. And used chunky peanut butter. But you can leave out peanut butter.

    • Rhiannon
      Aug 11, 2019

      The ingredients and the recipe do not match...this is supposed to be a cherry no bake cookie, but the instructions say to mix peanut butter in? Can someone help as I'd really like to make the cherry cookies! Both versions sound great by the way.

    • Donna
      Aug 11, 2019

      Maraschino cherries are full of high fructose corn syrup! I used healthy fresh blueberries instead

    • Krista
      Jun 24, 2019

      Would it be possible to make with something else besides peanut butter?

    • Nolcha
      Feb 5, 2019


    • Heather
      Jan 17, 2019

      These are delicious! The only other no bake cookies I've tried have always had chocolate and peanut butter, but nothing else to make them stand out. But these definitely stand out. :) They actually taste a lot like the cherry flavor Mountain candy bars!

    • menkens
      Dec 23, 2018

      UPDATE: I have made these several times with "sugar"

    • LirCat
      Jun 12, 2018

      I made some substitutions: I used Sunbutter, and omitted the almond extract to make the cookies nut-allergy safe. They are slightly gooey-er, probably the consistency of the Sunbutter, but they are very tasty! When I'm not "baking" for kids that aren't mine, I'm going to try it the original way and I'm really excited to try them that way, too!