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Glazed Cherry Bon Bon Cookies Recipe

Glazed Cherry Bon Bon Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD:36 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 6330173 258956
Reviewed 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 User ID: 107780 240048
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

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

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 84379
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5709757 171216
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3386142 84370
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012

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

cookingjenna User ID: 6368711 102391
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

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

amusick911 User ID: 527494 170292
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011 Edited Jan. 5, 2017

"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 User ID: 4770386 155446
Reviewed 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!"

[email protected] User ID: 3140971 172644
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

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

bmbadgley User ID: 3904867 171214
Reviewed 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....)"

MicheleMH User ID: 4978484 102390
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"Very good. Definitely a cookie to have help with. My husband took the stems off and put a chocolate chip into each cherry, while I made the dough. These were a big hit at our church Christmas play. I am making some more tonight. Just because."

mainsqueez User ID: 3538605 158974
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"Not only is this a pretty cookie, but very good, and the surprise cherry inside adds a nice "pop" of flavor. Definitely will make again."

scrapit User ID: 4158630 102388
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"Not a fan of these cookies...tasted somewhat good, but too time consuming to roll all those balls."

grannymouse User ID: 1656595 209536
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010 Edited Jan. 5, 2017

"I was surprised and pleased to see the bon bon cookie recipe! My family has also been making these at Christmas for years and years, but have never known anyone else to have the recipe. They are also good to make for events like showers or weddings. Just make a powedered sugar frosting using fresh lemon juice to flavor for a fresh version of this great cookie. Then tint the frosting to pastel colors."

jbc549 User ID: 4448303 102158
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"I made these today. The cookies came out looking like sunny side eggs. The dough just melted around the cherry. They look very nice in the picture, nothing like mine. These were the only cookies that I had trouble with and I made six different cookies today."

lauracoder User ID: 3841550 158973
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010 Edited Jan. 5, 2017

"These are very easy to make and very tasty.I did some with melted chocolate for a topping and those were also very good.This is a nice addition for your cookie tray!"

anl7914 User ID: 2685612 157313
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"These are amazing! My mom used to make these when I was a kid only she used peanut butter in them, they were to die for!! She has since lost the recipe so we haven't had them for a few years. These are the replacements! Still wish I could find a recipe for some made with p.b."

maggie710 User ID: 4533711 110969
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"Have made these for years, I use the candied cherries tho, red or green. I hate to share them, they're so good, also decorate w/coconut or ground pecans."

LouannPearson User ID: 4534435 170927
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"My Neighbor gives me these cookies every year! Christmas would not be the same."

lsdteacat User ID: 3329960 81457
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"I haven't actually tried this recipe yet but it sounds fun and tasty! I love maraschino cherries!"

denijane User ID: 5616315 158972
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"Inside of each cherry, I place a sem-sweet chocolate chip. Extra yummy!"

Jellybean01 User ID: 4617184 158971
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"I loved it but did not all flour only used 2 cups and instead of the cherries I used chocolate chips. I did not ice them but rolled them in icing sugar."

ddivon User ID: 5907 155440
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"My mother has been making these bonbon cookies for many years and they have been a hit for all of her childen. These are the requested "Christmas Gift" now that all children have grown and left the nest."

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