Cheery Cherry Cookies

Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie edition – 2012

I adore this fabulous cookie. It’s filled with candied cherries, coconut, and pecans and tastes absolutely amazing. The smell of baking coconut filled my house with the most wonderful fragrance. This cookie is crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside–just what we like in a cookie. The original recipe calls for maraschino cherries although I always use candied cherries because they are cheaper. Because you can make this with maraschino cherries you can make this recipe all year round–not just during the holidays.

We have made this cookie each year for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza for about 15 years. We started making this cookie because my former father-in-law, who is now deceased, loved cherries. I was always trying to find recipes with cherries for him. When he and my mother-in-law got their annual popcorn tin filled with 80-100 homemade Christmas cookies and brownies, Mack would always dig out all the cherry cookies. They were his private stash!

We found this recipe in a Taste of Home cookbook years ago and it was so well-received that I started making it regularly. Except for using candied cherries instead of maraschino cherries I’ve left the recipe as is. It’s really an excellent recipe taste-wise along with being pretty. I highly recommend you consider this delicious cookie for your Christmas baking this year.

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This is a great cookie to take for Cookie Exchanges or other holiday parties.

Each bite is filled with luscious cherries, coconut, and pecans. Yum, yum!

Take a bucket of these to your office, church, or family dinners during the holidays and you won’t leave with a single cookie!

Here’s a box of these wonderful cookies.

Here’s a couple of these tasty treats. You can see the texture well in this photo.


Here’s a plate of these jewels for you. Have one!

Here’s what I did.


I wanted to use up 3 pounds of candied cherries. I cut each cherry into fourths and ended up with about 8 cups so I made 8 batches of these amazing cookies.

Cut each cherry in fourths and set aside.

Here I’ve finished cutting up one of the containers.

Here are all the cherries after they’ve been quartered.

Soften butter and place in large mixer bowl.

Add brown sugar.

Add eggs and vanilla.

Add salt and baking soda. Add these ingredients now rather than stirring in with flour. This helps them to get mixed thoroughly into the batter.

Add milk.

Mix all ingredients with an electric mixer.

Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens cookies and cakes.

Add cherries.

Add coconut.


Add chopped pecans.

Stir all ingredients together with wooden spoon. Don’t mix these last ingredients with a mixer or it will toughen the cookies.

Roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray. I found it helpful to keep my hands moist while rolling.

Bake about 12 minutes at 375 or until done. I took the cookies out while they were still raising and let them finish baking on cookie sheets.

Here’s a close up of what the cookies look like when finished.

Here’s a look at some of the baked cookies.

Here’s a close up of this delicious cookie. You can see the shredded coconut in the texture.

Here’s a closer look so you can see the texture. 

Each cookie has flakes of coconut, chopped pecans and candied cherries.


These are great for parties. Everyone will want one.

Here’s another close up of the baked cookies. They are a delight!

These tasty treats are well worth trying. I recommend you try these out this holiday season.

I’ve saved a few cookies for you!

You’d better try one of these fantastic cookies!

Here’s the recipe.


(Adapted from original recipe from Taste of Home Annual Recipes 1996, also included in the 50th Anniversary Taste of Home Cookbook)

1 cup packed brown sugar

¾ cup butter, softened

1 egg

2 tbsp. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. baking soda

1 cup chopped maraschino cherries, well drained (I use candied cherries)

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup coconut

In a large mixing bowl, cream brown sugar, butter, egg, milk, vanilla, salt and baking soda. Fold in flour, cherries, pecans and coconut with a wooden spoon. (Bleached flour toughens cookies, and mixing flour with an electric mixer will also toughen cookies). Roll mixture into balls and place onto baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. (I kept my hands moist while rolling). Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: a little over 2 dozen.

Treat your family to a batch of these marvelous goodies. 

Take a platter of these cookies to office parties or to give to your children’s school teachers. 

Don’t forget to leave a small plate under your Christmas tree for Santa!

Your kids will enjoy these tasty treats.

Try one!

These cookies have your name on them!


This is my stash!

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24 Responses to “Cheery Cherry Cookies”

  1. November 26, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    More cookie luv. Looks sooooo yummy.

    • November 26, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

      This is a GREAT cookie!

  2. November 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    This is definitely a Christmas cookie! Looks delicious and love the colouring : )

    • November 21, 2012 at 12:19 am #

      Yep, it’s pretty! It tastes fabulous too.

  3. November 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    You are going to make me jolly like Santa with these cookies! Can I substitute almonds or walnuts?

    • November 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

      Absolutely! Any kind of nuts will do. But if I was going to use almonds I would probably add at least 1 teaspoon almond flavoring to the batter as well. Yum! Great idea. Maybe I’ll try it like that next time!

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  4. November 20, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    oh my goodness, yum!

    • November 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

      Yes, they are delicious.

  5. November 20, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    I am really enjoying your Christmas cookies recipes !

    • November 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      Oh, I’m so glad! I’ve enjoyed making them!

  6. November 19, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    I haven’t had cherry cookies in such a long time, I think I’ll add these to my holiday baking list! They look scrumptuous Teresa!

    • November 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      Thanks.These really are scrumptious. I hope you enjoy them.

  7. November 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm #

    Another tempting cookie. Oh, sigh….

    • November 19, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

      They really are fantastic. When you get around to your holiday baking you need to try a few of these cookie recipes!


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