Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love trimming the Christmas tree, decking the halls and enjoying time with family and friends. Like most of you, I will be spending time in my kitchen making treats to hand out as gifts. Let me share with you, a little a bit about the person that inspired this blog post and these cherry Christmas cookies, my grandma.
Cherry Christmas Cookies
My grandmother, my dad’s mom, was an incredible women. She was a kind and gentle woman who would be quite content watching her soaps and crocheting. As a boy growing up, she would come stay at our house for the summer. Her visits normally started with her arriving and saying that she was only be staying for a few days, but would end up with her leaving after a few weeks. We did not mind a bit, we all loved her being around.
I can give you every detail about her visits. She was a simple women with a daily routine. She would wake up in the morning, play solitaire and eat a half a grapefruit. If we were lucky enough to wake up early, we could join her and she would gladly interrupt her routine and play rummy with us.
Again, we loved having her around. After a heated game of cards, Grandma would quickly get back to her routine and get dressed. Part of her dressing routine was a particular fragrance that she wore, not actually a perfume but a powder, called Charlie. She would come out of her bedroom and I could smell it on her. As I sit here writing this, I can still smell it. I don’t know how to explain it to you, but she simply smelled as beautiful as the lady who wore it.
One of the many things that I remember about my grandma were the Cherry Christmas Cookies that she would make during the holidays. They were all delicious, but hands down my favorites were these cherry cookies that she would make. This is the recipe I am sharing with you today.
The cookie itself is delicate with a light buttery flavor. The recipe uses candied cherries, which add a little sweetness and a nice chewy texture. It is considered a refrigerator cookie, because once you assemble the dough, you roll it into a log and place it in the refrigerator to firm up so that you are able to cut the cookie before baking. They are a snap to put together and are sure to become one of your family’s favorite, just like mine.
I bake these Cherry Christmas Cookies every year for my family and friends. Each time I do, I remember my grandmother and feel blessed for everything that she did for me and everything that she taught me. Give these cookies a try and when you are in the kitchen baking them, maybe you will remember someone who is, or was, special to you and you too will feel blessed. Merry Christmas, all. Grandma, this one’s for you.
Cherry Christmas Cookies
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup powder sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- 2 cups candied cherries quartered. (Red, green, or a combination of the two.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cream butter and powder sugar together.
- Add egg and vanilla and slowly incorporate flour to mixture and mix well.
- Fold into the dough the quartered cherries and nuts.
- Continue folding the cherries in the dough so that the cherries are distributed evenly throughout.
- Place a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper on the counter and place approximately 1/3rd of the dough on the paper.
- Using your hands roll the dough into a log shape about 2 inches round.
- Once you have your shape, then roll the log in the paper and secure the ends of the parchment or waxed paper and place in the refrigerator.
- Continue 2 more times until all of the dough has been rolled and placed in the refrigerator.
- Allow the dough to stay in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
- Take out of the refrigerator and unroll the dough from the paper.
- Cut the dough with a knife into 1/4 inch slices and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for approximately 13-15 minutes or until the cookie is light golden in color. This recipe will yield approximately 4 dozen cookies.