Old Fashioned Christmas Cherry Cookies are sugary, buttery, shortbread cookies, topped with royal icing and a festive candied cherry center.
It’s day seven! I can’t believe that a whole week has gone by already. I’ve been having way too much fun with this so-called Christmas cookie advent adventure. I mean, really, who wouldn’t want to bake cookies every single day for 24 consecutive days?? (I could be completely alone here! Ha!)
Whenever I get myself into something like this, I always blame it on the blog. Like, baking all of these cookies and working so hard to get everything ready to publish, for example. I keep telling myself that it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for the people. You’re the people! And, besides, I get to eat more cookies. That’s a temporary win.
In a week or two, when I can’t fit into any of my clothes, I’ll convince myself once again that it’s something I have to do and I do it for you, my readers. I do it for Lord Byron’s Kitchen. Then, I’ll go out and buy bigger pants; maybe some with elastic in the waist. But, for now, I’m going to enjoy this roller coaster ride I decided to board back on December 1st when I posted my first 24 Cookies of Christmas recipe.
I love Christmas and I love cooking and baking. I can’t think of a better ride to be on than this back-to-back publishing extravaganza! I do hope, Dear Reader, that you are finding inspiration for your holiday baking in these recipe posts. And, I also hope that some of these recipes become Christmas traditions for you and your family like they have mine.
Speaking of traditions, do you have any that you must follow each and every holiday season? I have a few, most of which I have adopted from my childhood, but a few that we have started ourselves and that work well for our little family. Old Fashioned Christmas Cherry Cookies, unfortunately, were not one such tradition.
Remember back on day four when I talked about shortbread cookies? Well, unless they came in a can, my mom wasn’t making them. Old Fashioned Christmas Cherry Cookies is one of my new traditions. Every year I like to bake a cookie that I can fuss about.
I love to work with icing, but I’m really not good at it. Like decorating cakes with frosting, my cookie icing skills are also quite lackluster. That is why these cookies work so well for me. They are so easy to cover with icing and the royal icing recipe that I use for these cookies is not only foolproof, but extremely easy and forgiving to work with.
You can get all fancy and pipe the icing in any way you deem necessary, but I like to fill a Ziploc bag with the royal icing and drizzle the icing all over the top of the cookie, letting it ooze down over the edge.
If all else fails, and your icing skills are weak like mine, use a fork or a small spoon to pick up the icing with and drizzle the icing over the cookie in a random fashion. Just be sure to get enough icing in the middle of the cookie so that the candied cherry sticks to the top.
It’s worth mentioning that you don’t have to use cherries for this cookie recipe. If you prefer, you can use candy coated chocolate, like red and green M&Ms, or even candy sprinkles would work. I’ve seen similar cookies with crushed candy canes sprinkled over the top too. Or, if you prefer, just ice the cookie and let it be.
When it comes to these Old Fashioned Christmas Cherry Cookies, anything goes. I’ve even turned them into sandwich cookies before by icing the bottom of one cookie and sandwiching another cookie on top. The possibilities are endless, Dear Reader.
While you think about how you’re going to make your version of this cookie your own, of if you’re going to follow the step by step instructions in the recipe card below, I’m going to move onto the next cookie in the series for day eight. This next recipe leaves behind the world of cookies and squares and moves right into the world of balls!
Here’s a list of the previous recipes that have been published recently as a part of Lord Byron’s 24 Cookies of Christmas series. Simple click on the name of the cookie you want the recipe for to be redirected to that particular post.
Lord Byron’s 24 Cookies of Christmas
- Jumbo Marshmallow Balls
- Christmas Peanut Butter Rosettes
- Holiday Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Cookies
- Crispy Chocolate Cookie Cutter Cookies
- Newfoundland Five Star Cookie Bars
- Queen Anne Squares
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Old Fashioned Christmas Cherry Cookies
For the Cookie:
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 8 ounces candied cherries, halved
For the Icing:
- 2 cups confectioner's sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 3 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Cookie:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Add the vanilla and incorporate into the butter and sugar mixture.
- Add the flour and cornstarch. On low speed, mix into the butter and sugar until well incorporated.
- Divide the dough into two portions, wrap each portion completely in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 2 hours.
- When ready to bake, remove dough from fridge and let sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone liner. Set aside.
- Roll one portion of the dough to 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Use 1 1/2 inch round cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches of space between each cookie.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.
For the Icing:
- Once the cookie is completely cooled, whisk together the icing ingredients and pour into a small Ziploc bag. Set aside.
- Line the cookies up on the cooling rack so that they are evenly spaced. Place a layer of paper towels under the cooling rack for easy clean up.
- With the candied cherries close by, cut the the very tip of the Ziploc bag and drizzle the icing over the cookies in a back and forth motion. Only do a few cookies at a time.
- Top each cookie with a half a cherry and allow to sit undisturbed while the icing sets and hardens.
- Cookies can be stacked. Store in a food-safe container. Can be frozen up to 3 months.
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