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Dipped Cherry Cookies

Our seven children and four grandkids voted this festive, flavorful cookie a “keeper.” We gave a batch to our mail carrier, in thanks for trudging through so much snow, and she asked for the recipe. —Ruth Anne Dale, Titusville, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + standing
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries, patted dry
  • 12 ounces white baking chocolate, finely chopped, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • Coarse sugar and red edible glitter


  • In a large bowl, combine flour and 1/2 cup sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Knead in the cherries, 2/3 cup white chocolate and extract until dough forms a ball.
  • Shape into 3/4-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a glass dipped in remaining sugar. Bake at 325° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a microwave, melt shortening and remaining white chocolate; stir until smooth.
  • Dip half of each cookie into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; sprinkle with coarse sugar and edible glitter. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.
Editor's Note
Edible glitter is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 108 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 34mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • shelleyd
    Nov 29, 2020

    I have made these several times and they are delicious! First time for cousin's daughters cookie table at her wedding. I always like to incorporate colors of the bridal party and hers were a very pretty pink. Pretty cookie and very tasty!

  • PageRD
    Dec 17, 2019

    These cookies are very pretty and taste delicious. It definitely requires patience to form the dough into a ball, but worth the effort. I'll definitely make them again.

  • shawnba
    Feb 26, 2018

    This is a really nice shortbread cookie, with just a slight cherry/almond taste. Perfect when you need something impressive but very easy

  • bltrittin
    Jan 1, 2018

    Delicious recipe! It takes a little bit of work to incorporate all of the flour, but they are worth it. Instead of dipping, I drizzled the white chocolate on top- they looked great and were a bit less sweet.

  • Brenda2772
    Feb 2, 2015

    Nice, subtle cherry flavor. Tried dipped in white chocolate & dark chocolate, not sure which we liked better, but the white ones were prettier. Mixed everything in the food processor. Super easy, but my cookies were a uniform pink color. Might try them again with a glaze or icing instead.

  • happycat20
    Jul 21, 2014

    question making for a wedding can these cookies be frozen.

  • sugarcrystal
    Feb 23, 2014

    These are really good & look so pretty on a cookie tray! I made them for Christmas & then again for Valentine's day!

  • Shaysh
    Dec 17, 2013

    I made these with Brown Rice Flour (gluten free). Needed to add 1/2 Cup more flour. Turned out delicious!! I'll make them again!!

  • allykat84
    Dec 8, 2013

    These came out great! I made them for a cookie exchange and everyone loved them! They were a little time consuming but not overly so. I liked the limited ingredients. I will attempt these as glutton-free and post my results.

  • bpavlock
    Dec 7, 2013

    Just made these, they are excellent couldn't keep everyone from eating them lol