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Cherry Ice Box Cookies

(5 Votes)
MAKES
48 cookies
COOK TIME
10 Min

These nutty slice 'n' bake cookies are perfect for any occasion. They're great for an after-school snack or drop-in guests.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup red decorator sugar (optional)

What to Do

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric beater until creamy. Gradually add 1 cup granulated sugar, beating well. Add egg and vanilla, beating well.
     
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture, beating well. Pat cherries between paper towels to remove excess moisture. Stir cherries and nuts into dough; cover dough, and chill 2 hours.
     
  3. Shape dough into 2 (1-1/2-inch by 8-inch) logs. Roll in red decorator sugar, if desired. Wrap logs in wax paper, and freeze 2 hours or until firm. (Store in freezer up to 6 months, if desired.)
     
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Unwrap frozen dough, and slice into 1/4-inch-thick slices, using a sharp knife. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets. (Do not let thaw.)
     
  5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Let cool 1 minute on cookie sheets. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


     

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Will definitely make these. So happy there is NO chocolate. My granddaughter can't have chocolate and I always look for something different and special for her. It is not fun for a kid to have to miss out on cookies!!

I was wondering if you could use pie filling cherries instead of the maraschino cherries?

How about rolling in chocolate sprinkles? Not holiday festive, but might give a chocolate touch

when i add a chocolate 'touch' i melt milk chocolate chips, dip fork in smooth melted chips & run across cookie , u can use as much or little as u like

Have any of you made these? They'd be great to make ahead and freeze for holiday cookie days. Is there a way to get chocolate in there? I'm guessing that mini-chips or chocolate chips would work, but maybe they'd create difficulty with the slicing?

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