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Gorgeously pink, sweet, and totally unique, these maraschino cherry cookies are always the first to disappear. Get the recipe to bake up a batch of our maraschino cherry cookies!

Maraschino Cherry Cookies Recipe

These maraschino cherry cookies are like no others! Ice them with our vanilla glaze that sets hard, add a Hershey's Kiss, or drizzle them with chocolate... there are so many amazing combinations!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cookies, Sweets
Keyword cherry recipe, cookie recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Refrigeration (at least) 1 hour
Servings 36 cookies
Cost -


Cookie Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup minced maraschino cherries (approx. 16 ounce jar)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cherry extract (can substitute almond or vanilla)

Glaze Ingredients

  • 2 cup2 powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water (as needed)
  • 8-10 drops red food coloring (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Drain maraschino cherries. Press out any excess liquid using paper towels. Transfer to a food processor and mince into small pieces.
  • Cream butter and sugar until no longer gritty. Add egg, cherries and extract to butter and mix until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add to butter mixture and begin stirring with a spoon and then begin using your hands to  combine well to form dough. Divide dough in two pucks and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least an hour, overnight is best.
  • Pinch off pieces of dough and roll to approximately the size of ping pong balls. Place on prepared cookie sheet and space as they will spread slightly. Keep dough in refrigerator in between baking batches.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden. Remove from oven and rest on cookie sheet 1-2 minutes before transferring to wire cookie racks to cool completely.
  • Prepare a wire cookie rack with something underneath to catch dripping glaze.
  • Mix together all glaze ingredients in a small bowl until color is uniform. Either dip cookies into glaze or spoon approximately a teaspoon full onto tops and place onto a wire rack. Allow time to fully set, approximately an hour and a half. Store in an air-tight container.


  • This cookie dough is very soft. The warmer the dough, the more the spread and you risk having crispy edges and an underdone center. Refrigerate the dough for as long as you can before baking and keep the dough in the fridge in between baking batches.
  • For a thinner, more pourable glaze, add 1 tablespoon of water. Clear vanilla extract will produce a pretty, white glaze. Brown vanilla extract will make a muddy color that can be easily remedied with a few drops of food coloring.