Mom’s Almond Cherry Cookies

almond cookies

cherry almond cookie recipeThis almond cookie recipe has been a Christmas tradition in my family ever since I can remember.  My mom made these every year at Christmas time and I have to say they are to this day one of my favorite cookies ever!  She handed down her recipe to me on a 3×5 card that I still have to this day.  It has yellowed and the writing has faded but I consider it a treasure!  Christmas truly is a time where you can bring loved ones back into your memories as you enjoy the special treats that you grew up on.  I have made these now myself every year, and I hope that my children, and hopefully someday grandchildren, will also enjoy these for many Christmas’s to come!  You might also like to add Mom’s Almond Cookies to your Christmas cookie list!

Mom's Almond Cherry Cookies
Recipe type: cookies
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter
  • Maraschino Cherries
  1. Cream together butter and sugar
  2. Add egg and extracts and beat well
  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Cover and chill for 1 hour
  5. Form small balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  6. Cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, depending big you roll the balls. Smaller ones might only take about 8 minutes)
  7. While the cookies are cooking, take your maraschino cherries, dry them off with a paper towel, and cut them in half.
  8. After cookies come out of oven, put on rack to cool and place a cherry in the middle of the cookie.
Another option for these cookies that my mom would do was to roll the cookie into powdered sugar, and instead of putting a cherry on, she would but a blanched almond slice on top before cooking.

My mother’s original recipe

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  1. says

    That is so fun that this is a Christmas tradition for your family! These look delicious! I am definitely going to have to try these! I am loving your cute blog!!!

  2. says

    Thanks for posting these recipes that grandma made! I’d love to see more from her if you have more. I don’t think my dad has made recipes from her, that I’m aware of, so nothing from her has been passed to me! He doesn’t cook much though. Have you posted other recipes from her besides this and the reindeer pear salad?

  3. says

    Hi! These look delicious! Almond extract and cherries are a huge hit at my house. I love recipes that are passed down through a family and how precious that you have it in your mother’s handwriting. Do these cookies bake up soft and chewy or slightly crunchy? Looking forward to trying them!
    ~ Johanna

    • says

      I agree that almond and cherries are delicious! These cookies can either be soft or a little more crispy depending on how long you cook them. If you cook them just a little less, they will be soft. I love them a little more soft. You may just have to play with the time on cooking them to get them how you like. I hope you enjoy them!

    • says

      I made two batches of these for a cookie exchange, but I was so tempted to keep them all!!! Seriously, my new favorite cookie and will become a regular on my Christmas cookie baking list. They are so soft, full of flavor, and just melt in your mouth! Thanks so much for sharing!!
      ~ Johanna

    • says

      That makes me really excited to hear! My mom seriously has been making these since I was a little girl and they have always been my favorite cookie at Christmas time. I get so excited when I can smell the almond extract from the kitchen. Happy to hear that they were a hit at your home too :) Wahoo

  4. says

    I love recipes that are passed down through the family. What a treasure. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays. This post will be FEATURED this week. The party will be live tonight. I have also liked you on FB. Thanks, Nichi

  5. says

    Oh these look so good! My mom always used betty crocker recipes, and my grandma cooked by sight – no recipes :( I wish they had written more down for me.
    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday, I’ve featured you on today’s link up.

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