Cherry Red Nose Holiday Cookies

5 from 3 votes

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Cherry Red Nose Holiday Cookies – The countdown to Christmas is underway, with the big guy’s anticipated arrival to our rooftops less than a week away, now.   We are all wrapping gifts.  Indeed, many of us are still shopping for gifts, and if I had to venture a guess I would say that many of us are inadvertently heating our kitchens with our ovens. 

a few cherry holiday cookies.

A close up of a cherry holiday cookie.

We’ve been making cookies like there’s no tomorrow, it’s as if a bunch of Keebler elves took over the place; only we like to think we do a better job – not to mention the fact that our elves are infinitely cuter.

boys unwrapping Hershey kisses.

I’m no elf but last night I came up with a cookie idea.   With so many cookies in production around our kitchen, there are scraps of dough and bits and pieces of other ingredients all over the place.

A close up of a couple cherry holiday cookies.

Last night as I was finishing up another batch of cookies,  I found a bit of extra dough left over, not much more than a handful. I had enough for a half dozen cookies or so but I didn’t know what kind.  As the ideas started rolling in this little head of mine, so did the dough.

three cherry holiday cookies.

Cherry Red Nose Holiday Cookies – In case you missed Scott’s beautifully nostalgic post featuring his grandmother’s Cherry Christmas Cookies, this is a good time to take a look at it.  With the leftover cherries from that recipe and the leftover dough of another cookie, our elves and I rolled these out and used a regular coffee mug to cut the shapes.  The result was a festive-looking and easy-to-make-cookie.  Perfect for elves, moms, dads, and even Santa himself.

A close up of a cherry cookie.



Cherry Red Nose Cookies

5 from 3 votes
These holiday Christmas cookies are a great way to teach kids how to bake cookies for Santa!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 1 hour 27 minutes
Yield: 24 Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup candied cherries, halved
  • Colored sprinkles
  • Powdered sugar, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and eggs until light and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; stir to blend.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Beat until just blended.
  • Cover dough and refrigerate for 1 hour
  • Lightly flour a clean, hard surface area to roll dough out.
  • Roll chilled dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Use coffee mug to cut score dough.
  • Place cookie circles on non-greased cookie sheet or baking stone.
  • Place on cherry half in center of each cut out. Dust with colored sprinkles.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown and firm.
  • Place cookies on cooling rack to cool and lightly sprinkle with powdered sugar.


Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 138mg, Potassium: 60mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 256IU, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Christmas, Holiday
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  1. G’day Thx for stopping by and sharing this at our #SayGdayParty Pinned Dan
    Please make sure to return if you haven’t already to G’day to the hosts and someone at the party! Cheers!
    Joanne @ What’s On The List

  2. Love both of the cherry Christmas cookie posts here on Platter Talk, Dan! We used to enjoy cookies like this on my aunt’s cookie tray. She called them Cherry Winks. Such kitschy names cookies had back in Mid-Century America, no? Your Keebler-like Elves are definitely cute. I could use their help in my kitchen right now! 😉 Best wishes to you and yours for a meaningful and joyous Christmas holiday! xo

    1. Aweee, Stacy. I love hearing from you! Thanks for the nice comments, I hope your holidays are as bright as these little cookies!

  3. Great idea to use extra dough to make these Dan! Elves, mom, dad, santa and even Rudolph would love these 🙂