Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Cherry Cookies

July 28, 2017Teresa

Cherry Cookies are awesome….I mean incredibly awesome. I used fresh cherries and almond extract in an easy sugar cookie dough. The result? Absolutely mouthwatering. Everyone knows that cherries and almonds work spectacularly together. This cookie had everything going for it. Except for pitting and dicing the cherries, the recipe is extremely easy.

I love fresh cherries and they are plentiful in the grocery stores right now. So these are the perfect cookies to make during the summer vacation schedule. However, if you really want to make these for Christmas you can substitute maraschino cherries as long as you rinse, drain and pat them really dry before using.

I purchase fresh cherries almost weekly during the summer once they start appearing in stores. I eat them by the handfuls for snacks during the day or night. But I had so many at one time, I decided to use up a bunch of them in some cookies last month. I was exceptionally pleased with how these turned out. I believe you will be too. 🙂

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Cherry Cookies are awesome!

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

If you have an abundance of fresh cherries on your hands, this is a delicious way to use them up!

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

If you want to make these cookies for the Christmas holidays, I recommend using maraschino cherries. But be sure to rinse, drain and pat the cherries dry before adding to cookie dough.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients. While I used unsalted butter, you can also use salted butter in this recipe.

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Soften butter. Cream with an electric mixer until smooth.

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Add sugar and almond extract.

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Mix again with an electric mixer until smooth.

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Pit cherries. Dice and place on towel. Pat cherries dry. This step is important. Otherwise your cookies will turn pink!

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add pitted, diced cherries.

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Grease cookie sheets. Roll dough into balls and place on prepared cookie sheets. Very gently press cookies in criss-cross fashion with a fork. 

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until done.

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Cherries and almond extract flavor these cookies in an amazing way.

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

I love the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of these Cherry Cookies.

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Every bite will have you licking your lips.

Here’s the recipe.

CHERRY COOKIES

(My own concoction)

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These amazing sugar cookies use fresh cherries and almond extract for extraordinary flavor. Perfect summer holiday dessert when cherries are in season. Substitute maraschino cherries during the Christmas baking season.
Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert
Instructions
  1. Pit cherries.
  2. Cut into small pieces and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Blend butter to a peak with an electric mixer.
  5. Add sugar, and almond extract and cream again until smooth.
  6. Stir in flour and cherries.
  7. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.
  8. Roll cookies into balls and place on prepared cookie sheets.
  9. Press cookies down lightly with fork in a criss-cross fashion.
  10. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until done.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Salted butter can also be used.

NOTE: Be sure to pat the cherries dry after pitting and dicing and before adding to the cookie dough. Otherwise the cookies may turn out pink!

NOTE: If you want to make these cookies during the Christmas holiday season, substitute maraschino cherries. Rinse, drain, pat dry and dice like above.

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Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

If you love cherries, you’ve got to try this delicious sugar cookie.

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Cherry Cookies are perfect for the Fourth of July holiday when fresh cherries are plentiful.

Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert

Be prepared to salivate over these luscious Cherry Cookies.

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Print Recipe
Cherry Cookies BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
These amazing sugar cookies use fresh cherries and almond extract for extraordinary flavor. Perfect summer holiday dessert when cherries are in season. Substitute maraschino cherries during the Christmas baking season.
Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cherry Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen| these fantastic #cookies use fresh #cherries & #almond extract in a #sugarcookie dough. Perfect for summer treats when cherries are in season. #dessert
Instructions
  1. Pit cherries.
  2. Cut into small pieces and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Blend butter to a peak with an electric mixer.
  5. Add sugar, and almond extract and cream again until smooth.
  6. Stir in flour and cherries.
  7. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.
  8. Roll cookies into balls and place on prepared cookie sheets.
  9. Press cookies down lightly with fork in a criss-cross fashion.
  10. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until done.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Salted butter can also be used.

NOTE: Be sure to pat the cherries dry after pitting and dicing and before adding to the cookie dough. Otherwise the cookies may turn out pink!

NOTE: If you want to make these cookies during the Christmas holiday season, substitute maraschino cherries. Rinse, drain, pat dry and dice like above.

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9 Comments

  • Anonymous

    June 12, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Not a fan sorry. Kinda dry and tasteless.

    1. Teresa

      June 13, 2019 at 7:03 am

      Sorry you didn’t like them. Not sure how they could be dry with all the cherries in them, though. Enjoy your week.

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  • Denise

    December 21, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I want to add chocolate chunks to the cookies. Do I have to alter the recipe in any way?

    1. Teresa

      December 21, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Hi, Denise. I think that’s a fantastic recipe. I don’t think you need to alter the recipe at all.

  • Ron

    December 8, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Hi Teresa,

    These cookies look amazing! It’s cherry season here in SA, so I figured I’d make some cookies. How long would these last on the shelf? I would like to make and send some off to my family for Christmas.

    Kind regards,
    Ron

    1. Teresa

      December 8, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Hi, Ron. They should last a week or so, but if you bag them individually or wrap each in plastic wrap that will extend the length of time. Now if you wanted to bake them, wrap them and freeze them that would work also. Even though they don’t normally need refrigeration, any length of time in the refrigerator will also extend shelf life. They may want to microwave the cookies a little though, to soften them up a little before eating. I’m sure they’ll enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

  • Dennis Nichols-Faber

    August 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I made the cherry butter cookies and they melted in my mouth. I did not add n the extra flour she sa I d to add.

    1. Teresa

      August 11, 2017 at 10:52 am

      So glad they melted in your mouth Dennis. We loved the recipe too. But then, I like fresh cherries in everything! Have a great weekend.

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