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Yuletide Cherry Cookies

Crispy on the outside, these eye-catching cherry-topped cookies are chewy and tender on the inside. They're a big hit whenever I take them to holiday parties or cookie exchanges! —Verna Hofer, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup crushed crisp rice cereal
  • 15 red and/or green maraschino cherries, halved and patted dry


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar. Beat in almond extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in crushed cereal. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a cherry half into the center of each cookie. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 72 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • PenelopeWin
    Jan 6, 2018

    These cookies were so unbelievably delicious. Super cute and festive as the name said. They were soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. Don't make too far ahead because they get soft on the outside and they are super delicious when they are crispy. I will make these again and again.

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 11, 2017

    These crisp cherry cookies taste great and look elegant on a Christmas cookie tray!!

  • _nlfPA
    May 6, 2015

    Even though the name of the cookies are Yuletide Cherry Cookies, I make these all year long. In my family cookies are one of the favorite desserts and I make all kinds. This is particularly good because of the crunchiness of the crispy rice cereal. We love them!Nancy Foust (_nlfPA)Field Editor PA

  • trishina
    Dec 26, 2012

    This cookie has been a tradition in our house. Of course, kids are grown up now, but still make them with some substitutions I use bran flakes for rice cereal I add dates, chopped cherries, and raisins to the batter. So good!

  • lois1555
    Dec 14, 2012

    AWESOME!!!!!! I would not change a thing I have been making these cookies for Christmas for the last 4 years and I always end up making at least 3 recipes my family and I love love love them

  • katzpawz
    Sep 30, 2011

    Great cookies MINUS the rice cereal. I used colored sugars instead. Red with a green cherry and green with a red cherry. Festive and yummy!

  • myrojisa
    Jun 2, 2011

    I made these cookies for our church's High Tea. I replaced the maraschino cherries with the canned cherry pie filling. Make sure the rice cereal is crushed really fine and barely roll the balls in it. There were delightful!!

  • Ron07
    Jan 8, 2011

    Oh ! so good,i would roll them in pinioli nuts .

  • katzzz
    Jun 11, 2009

    I love these cookies and make them every year at Christmas. I go exactly by the recipe given and would not change a thing. Simply Delicious.Kathy

  • corky collis
    Jan 12, 2009

    Good cookie base,I also skipped the rice crispies...and my Grand children prefer halved gum drops instead of cherries!sccollis