Christmas Cherries

Total Time:
1 hr 50 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
1 hr 15 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
32 to 36 cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks, stirred
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted twice
  • Green and red candied cherries, for topping
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the vanilla, egg yolks, lemon zest and juice and orange zest and mix until combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl, then mix again. Add the sifted flour and mix until combined. Transfer the dough to a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

  • When ready to make the cookies, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Cut about 18 candied cherries in half.

  • Roll the dough into small balls and set on the prepared baking sheets. Gently press 1 cherry half cut-side down into each ball. Bake about 20 minutes, removing the cookies from the oven before they brown. Cool on a wire rack.


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