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Glazed Cherry Bon Bon Cookies

These cookies have always been part of my Christmas cookie baking. They are sure to be a hit in your home like they are in mine. —Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 36 maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water
  • Red and green liquid food coloring
  • Colored sprinkles
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


  • Pat cherries dry with paper towels; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Shape a tablespoonful of dough around each cherry, forming a ball. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For Christmas glaze, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and enough water to achieve a dipping consistency. Transfer half of the glaze to another bowl; tint one bowl green and the other red. Dip the tops of nine cookies in green glaze and nine cookies in red glaze, then decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until set.
  • For chocolate glaze, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and enough water to achieve dipping consistency. Stir in chocolate and vanilla. Dip the tops of remaining cookies in glaze, then sprinkle with nuts. Let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 155 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 53mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • greatwithoutgluten
    Dec 31, 2016

    The dough was dry. The frosting was not what I expected either. The flavor was good. The cookie ended up being dry and crumbly. Would try again with modifications to the recipe.

  • chfeca
    Dec 23, 2015

    When I make the glaze I replace the water with cherry juice. So much more flavorful.

  • muffbear74
    Jan 30, 2014

    I had to add a little more water because the dough was too dry to shape. Also, the glaze turned out more like a frosting, so I had to spread it rather than dip the cookies. It is a cold, dry day, so that may have caused the dryness. Still, they taste good so I will probably make them again.

  • kramerstacey15
    Dec 20, 2012

    Quite tasty! I really like the juicy little cherry in the middle. For me this recipe made 56 cookies. I scooped the dough with my cookie scoop that is a shade less than a tablespoon. I had plenty to shape around the cherry. They baked up nice, didn't spread too much. Pretty easy to make.

  • Rikku
    Mar 29, 2012

    These were a bit on the dry side, but overall delicious. Will definitely make again!

  • cookingjenna
    Dec 24, 2011

    These cookies are fantastic. I would just make sure to chill the dough first.

  • amusick911
    Mar 2, 2011

    These are awesome cookies. I use a store-bought decorating cookie icing which sets up quickly, so you can stack the cookies for easier transporting. They are great for any holiday. Just change the icing color and the type of sprinkles you use. You can also use green marachino cherries for St. Patrick's Day.

  • Tess1919
    Dec 26, 2010

    delicious! very flavorful! I did have a problem with the first batch looking like fried eggs. I chilled the second batch before baking, they turned out a little better. Next time I will try adding a little more flour. (Not too much, or they will be dry). I will make again, even if they don't look perfect!

  • sweettart54
    Dec 26, 2010

    Easy enough to make but, they are very dry & crumble to pieces when you take a bite.

  • bmbadgley
    Dec 25, 2010

    I have an old recipe of my mom's that she used for years, but I could never get the same results she did. This recipe gives me the best little nuggets ever! I used cherries with a chocolate chip tucked inside, or just tuck 4 choc.chips inside the dough. I use a fruit scooper that give a consistent look and bake for 16 minutes. Very festive, light, tasty! So very glad to have this recipe! (I've made upwards of 8 batches so far....)