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Almond Cherry Cookies Recipe

posted by Julie Evink on December 15, 2014

 Almond Cherry Cookies Recipe ~ Soft, Delicious Almond Cookies Glazed in Cherry Frosting with a Surprise Cherry in the Middle!

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Almond Cherry Cookies ~ Soft, Delicious Almond Cookies Glazed in Cherry Frosting with a Surprise Cherry in the Middle! Perfect Christmas Cookie to Treat Everyone!


This Sunday we got to play the role of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in church during the children’s Christmas program. When I was a little girl I always wanted to be Mary and I was always disappointed when someone else got picked to play her. I guess waiting patiently pays off in life sometimes huh? We were asked before we had Miss RJ and much to my husband’s dismay I agreed to partake in the Christmas program. My hubs is not one for public attention or any attention at all.

I’m not sure why he was so apprehensive of it considering all way did was show up, put on a costume and literally walk in and sit down in front then walk out. We didn’t have to speak or anything! Although I did almost wipe out when I was up front from stepping on the edge of my costume. Hope no one noticed that! Trying to get ready for church on Sunday morning also made me realize how long it takes our family to get ready to go anywhere now. Between waking everyone up, me nursing Miss RJ, feeding Miss K, figuring out outfits, rounding everyone up I was exhausted before we even got out the door. Wait, that could be from lack of sleep. Please tell me at some point this will change or I’ll be getting up at 5 am for work so I can simply get the girls out the door by 7:45!

Almond Cherry Cookies Landscape


I also have realized my love of sweatpants and yoga pants is somewhat unhealthy while I’m on maternity leave. I live in them. I cry when my favorite ones are dirty and I have to do laundry again. Like that’s ever a problem because I feel like I do at least three loads of laundry per day right now. The laundry pile never seems to shrink for some reason. It could be my hormones causing me to feel like this and the exhaustion again. Sigh.

Little Miss RJ was a rockstar for like two nights for sleeping and this Momma got her hopes up and thought this was going to be a snap this time. Then the last two nights happened and she likes to be up from 3:45 am to 5 am and that my friends is rough. Real rough. So please take a little time to say a prayer for me this passes quickly because I just can’t do it. I can’t.

Almond Cherry Cookies Bite

Not that you came here to here me whine about lack of sleep have you? Nah, you want cookies and I really don’t blame you for that at all. It is cookie season right now isn’t it? That time of year where everywhere you look you are seeing cookies and getting treats. Oh it’s a fabulous time of year! Not that your pants agree. Those pesky pants. Just get the fat pants out for the month and then no one will feel bad ok?

These Almond Cherry Cookies are impressive. The cookie is loaded with almond and I’m always a goner for anything almond then you bite into it and are surprised with a cherry. Top it off with a sweet cherry glaze and you’ll be swooning from now until Christmas. I promise these festive treats are not to be passed up!

Almond Cherry Cookies

Serves 36 cookies     adjust servings



  • 3/4 c. silvered almonds, ground
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8 oz jar maraschino cherries, halved, 1 Tsp juice reserved
  • Red Decorating Sugar


  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl mix together butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until blended.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and almonds. Blend dry into butter mixture.
  4. To form a cookie take a tablespoon of dough, make a pit in the middle and place a half of a cherry in pit then fold dough over the cherry to form a ball of cookie dough. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Flatten cookie dough slightly.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-9 minutes or until edges are just starting to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.
  6. In a small bowl mix together powdered sugar, cherry juice and almond extract for frosting. Add enough milk to make it dipping consistency. Dip tops of cookies in icing, flip over and place on wire rack. Sprinkle with red sugar.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 124kcal Calories from fat 56
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Carbohydrate 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 10g
Protein 1g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

Recipe from: Gooseberry Hometown Christmas

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  • Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    Well aren’t these just absolutely gorgeous!! That pink icing is seriously so pretty and I’m positive I would end up eating these before the end of the first day. Whooops…;)

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    It sucks to be exhausted, I know. Hopefully she will let you more sleep soon. These cookies would make an awesome pick me up. I’m dying over the filling!

  • Danielle | Krafted Koch

    These are so pretty and look delicious! And who doesn’t have an unhealthy love of yoga pants?!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    These look so cute. I bet they would make really good homemade Christmas gifts.


    You had me at almond!

  • Nora @ Savory Nothings

    Oooh Julie, I always wanted to be Mary too and the one year I actually took part in a big christmas play at our local church I was just assigned to be a nomad woman and I was SO sad, haha! Your cookies look delicious – LOVE the surprise in the middle!

  • Beth

    I was never a sweat pants lover… until I started blogging! My husband actually came home yesterday and said “where are your sweat pants” because I was wearing jeans.. oh gosh! I’m a sucker for almond and cherry too!

  • cathy

    It says to combine dry ingredients with butter mixture. I don’ see where you made a butter mixture. Did iI miss it?

  • Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    These are gorgeous cookies!!

  • Sharon Johnson

    Julie, I am the baker who created this recipe for Gooseberry Patch. Imagine my surprise to see them on Pinterest with a different name, and yet the exact recipe. I know it’s mine because it took me years to get this recipe to be “mine” and not just another teacake cookie. And, I can confirm that, for the person who love shortbread, cherries and almonds, this is the perfect cookie. It tastes wonderful but it is also pretty and makes a great gift. I would have appreciated getting the credit for something that is mine on your blog, but for the person who gets the cookbook, you’ll find it on page 139. Thanks for letting me have a voice. Wishing you well in all you do with your life.

    • Julie Evink

      Hi Sharon! I sent you an email 🙂 Please let me know if you have any questions!

  • carol

    Hi, the way I read the recipe is to have 3/4 C of slivered almonds, then ground them up. Do you know by any chance what the measurement would be for almonds already ground? I’m afraid if I use 3/4 C it will be too much. Thanks!

    • Julie Evink

      I would guess more like a 1/2 c. !

  • Diane

    These look delicious! Can you tell me if these freeze well?

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