Cherry Nut Delight: A Scrumptious Cookie Recipe

Are you ready to indulge in the sweet and nutty flavors of a classic dessert? Look no further than these irresistible cherry nut cookies. This recipe has been passed down from generation to generation in my family, and now I’m sharing it with you. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

The combination of crunchy pecans and maraschino cherries creates the perfect balance of sweetness and texture. These cookies are perfect for a holiday party or as an everyday treat. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to make.

I first discovered my love for baking at a young age when I would help my grandmother make her famous cherry icebox cookies. Now, I’ve added my own spin to this classic recipe with the addition of rich walnuts and almond extract.

Not only are these cookies delicious, but they also bring back fond memories of family gatherings and holiday traditions. So pull out your mixing bowls and get ready to experience the magic of these cherry nut cookies.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cherry Nut Cookies
Cherry Nut Cookies

Picture yourself biting into a delicious Cherry Nut Cookie that is golden brown on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. As you take a bite, you are greeted with the sweet taste of cherry and the buttery crunch of pecans. If this sounds like a mouth-watering experience to you, then keep reading!

This Cherry Nut Cookie recipe is truly something special. It’s not your ordinary cookie recipe – it is a celebration of flavor and texture that will leave you wanting more. The combination of tart cherries and crunchy pecans creates a symphony of flavors in your mouth that will make your taste buds dance.

But what sets this recipe apart from other cookie recipes is its simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients that are easy to find in any grocery store, you can whip up these cookies in no time. The ingredient list includes all-purpose flour, eggs, sugar, butter, baking soda, vanilla extract, and of course, cherries and pecans.

One thing I love about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can easily make substitutions or variations based on your preferences or dietary restrictions. For example, you can substitute the cherries for cranberries or blueberries if that’s what you have on hand. You can also swap out the pecans for almonds or walnuts if that’s what you prefer.

Whether you are looking for a new Christmas cookie recipe to impress your family or friends, or just want to enjoy a delicious treat any time of year, this Cherry Nut Cookies Recipe is the one for you. Trust me – once you taste them, you’ll know why they are sure to become a staple in your recipe book!

Ingredient List

 Bite into a perfect marriage of juicy cherries and crunchy nuts!
Bite into a perfect marriage of juicy cherries and crunchy nuts!

Let’s Gather the Goods: Ingredients

Before we start off with the recipe, it is essential to collect all the necessary ingredients to prepare these mouth-watering cherry nut cookies from our reputed source Trisha Yearwood. You’ll need butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, vanilla extract, pecans or walnuts, maraschino cherries, and white chocolate chips or baking chocolate.

Here are the amounts you will need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • Optional: 3/4 cup white chocolate chips or melted baking chocolate (for drizzling)

Make sure you have everything measured and laid out before starting mixing, as that can save a lot of time in the middle of the preparations. Get ready to create this delightful treat!

The Recipe How-To

 These cookies are cute and charming, just like me in the kitchen.
These cookies are cute and charming, just like me in the kitchen.

Now comes the fun part – actually making these Cherry Nut Cookies! Follow these easy steps and you’ll have a batch of delicious cookies in no time.


Here’s what you’ll need to gather before you get started:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped maraschino cherries


Now let’s get baking:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and mix well.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Gradually add the dry mixture into the wet mixture until just combined.
  6. Stir in the chopped pecans and maraschino cherries.
  7. Drop tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly golden around the edges.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet before transferring it onto a wire wrack and leaving it too cool completely.

Once cooled completely they are ready for devouring!

Substitutions and Variations

 Your taste buds will do a happy dance with each chewy, nutty bite.
Your taste buds will do a happy dance with each chewy, nutty bite.

Now, let’s talk about some substitutions and variations for these tasty cherry nut cookies. Don’t be afraid to play around with the recipe and make it your own! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

– Nut substitutions: If you don’t have pecans or walnuts, feel free to use almonds, hazelnuts, or any other type of nut you prefer. You could even try using a combination of different nuts for a unique flavor.

– Cherry substitutions: While maraschino cherries are traditional in this recipe, you could also use fresh cherries (just make sure to pit them first), dried cherries, or cherry preserves.

– Chocolate additions: For a decadent twist, add chocolate chips or chunks to the cookie dough. Cherry chocolate nut cookies? Yes please!

– Oatmeal cherry cookies: For a heartier cookie, substitute half of the all-purpose flour with old-fashioned rolled oats.

– Glaze options: Instead of dusting the cookies with powdered sugar, you could make a simple glaze by whisking together 1 cup of powdered sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of milk until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled cookies and top with chopped nuts and cherries.

Whatever substitutions or variations you decide to make, just remember that baking is all about experimentation and having fun in the kitchen.

Serving and Pairing

 This recipe is a must-try especially for those who love cookies with a twist.
This recipe is a must-try especially for those who love cookies with a twist.

The best way to enjoy these cherry nut cookies is with a tall glass of cold milk, but don’t let that stop you from trying out some other delicious pairing options.

For a fruity twist, try pairing these cookies with a cherry fruit salad, complete with fresh or frozen cherries.

If you’re feeling adventurous, these cookies are also an excellent pair for more savory snack options like roasted nuts, cheese platters or even cured meats.

Looking for a more indulgent option? Serve these cherry nut cookies warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. The sweetness of the ice cream and caramel will perfectly complement the warm and buttery flavors of the cookies.

Another fun way to serve these cookies is to make them into miniature ice cream sandwich bites by placing a dollop of ice cream between two cooled cookies.

These cherry nut cookies aren’t just delicious on their own but can also make great gifts for friends and family during holiday seasons or special events. You can dress them up for gifting by packaging them in decorative boxes or wrapping them in cellophane bags tied with ribbon.

Whether you choose to serve these up with your favorite hot beverage or Snack them right out of the jar, you’re sure to love the rich and crunchy taste of our Cherry Nut Cookies recipe!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Make these cookies for someone special - they'll feel extra loved.
Make these cookies for someone special – they’ll feel extra loved.

You’ve baked a batch of irresistible cherry nut cookies, and now you’re wondering how to keep them fresh until you’re ready to eat them. No worries, I’ve got you covered with some tips to help you make them ahead of time, store them properly, and reheat them for a fresh-from-the-oven taste.

If you want to make these cookies ahead of time, you can prepare the dough and store it in the fridge for up to 48 hours. That way, when it’s time to bake, all you have to do is preheat your oven and shape the cookies before tossing them in. This also allows the dough to rest and develop more flavor.

When storing the cookies after baking, make sure that they’re completely cooled down before placing them in an airtight container. If they’re even slightly warm, they could create steam, which will result in a soggy cookie. Keep the container in a cool, dry place at room temperature where they’ll stay fresh for up to five days.

For those who prefer colder or fresher baked goods than room-temperature ones, storing these cookies in the refrigerator or freezer should do the trick. You can store them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to three months. To thaw frozen cookies, just leave them at room temperature until defrosted.

Reheating these cookies is easy and quick. Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350°F (175°C) and arrange your cookies on a baking sheet. Bake for about 8-10 minutes if coming from the fridge or at least 15-20 minutes if coming from the freezer depending on how many cookies you are reheating. Once warmed through, take them out of the oven and serve warm alongside a hot cup of coffee or cold glass of milk.

Following these tips ensures that these tasty cherry nut cookies can satisfy your sweet tooth any time of day – morning or night!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These cookies look like ordinary shortbread, but wait until you bite into them.
These cookies look like ordinary shortbread, but wait until you bite into them.

So, you’ve decided to try your hand at making some delicious cherry nut cookies. Congratulations! With a little bit of luck and some patience, you’ll soon be able to sink your teeth into a warm, gooey treat that’s perfect for any occasion. While the recipe itself is relatively straightforward, there are a few tips and tricks that can help ensure that your cookies turn out perfectly every time.

First and foremost, it’s important to measure all of your ingredients precisely. In baking, even the smallest discrepancies can have a huge impact on how a recipe turns out. Whether you’re using all-purpose flour, sugar or butter, make sure to measure each ingredient according to the recipe’s instructions.

Another important tip is to use high-quality ingredients whenever possible. While it may be tempting to substitute lower-quality ingredients in an effort to save money or time, doing so can negatively impact the taste and texture of your cookies. For best results, use fresh ingredients that are free from any signs of spoilage or deterioration.

When creating the dough for your cherry nut cookies, be sure not to over mix it. Over mixing can cause the dough to become tough and dense, which can adversely affect the final product. Instead, mix the dough just until it comes together evenly and all ingredients are well-distributed.

The temperature of your oven is also incredibly important when baking these cookies. Preheat your oven as directed in the recipe to ensure that it reaches the correct temperature for baking. Additionally, carefully monitor your cookies while they’re in the oven to avoid over-baking or burning.

Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with variations on this classic cookie recipe. Try adding different types of nuts or dried fruit for added flavor and texture. You might even want to try dipping them in melted chocolate or caramel for a decadent treat that’s perfect for special occasions.

By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way towards mastering the art of cherry nut cookie baking. So put on some music or your favorite Christmas movie and get started!


Now that you know how to make the delicious cherry nut cookies, you may have a few questions come up. No worries – I’ve got you covered with some commonly asked questions and answers in this recipe’s FAQ section. So let’s get cracking and resolve all your doubts, so you can make these cookies with ease and confidence!

What nut goes best with cherries?

When it comes to creating mouth-watering recipes, nuts like almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts are the perfect complement to cherries. These ingredients are a favorite among food lovers and culinary experts alike for their ability to enhance the flavors of fruits, especially cherries. As a result, these nuts have become a go-to choice for creating tantalizing dishes.

What is the most eaten Christmas cookie?

According to General Mills, Peanut Butter Blossoms hold the esteemed title of being the most beloved Christmas cookie in the nation. These cookies are so popular that they are the top-visited recipe in seven different states across the country. It’s no small feat when you consider the numerous cookie options available during the holiday season. Indeed, being the nation’s preferred go-to cookie is a prestigious honor.

What is the secret to gooey cookies?

As a baker, you may be curious about how to make your cookies moist and chewy. One trick is to use an additional egg yolk instead of the white. By doing so, you will be reducing the drying effects of the egg white and benefiting from the extra fat in the yolk. It’s a simple and effective way to elevate the texture of your cookies.

What kind of cookies did Trisha Yearwood make?

The recipe I’m about to share is a traditional holiday cookie that comes from Trisha Yearwood’s collection of home-cooking recipes.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, this cherry nut cookie recipe is a must-try for all baking enthusiasts out there. Not only is it easy to make, but the combination of sweet cherries and crunchy pecans makes these cookies irresistible. Whether you’re baking for a holiday party, family gathering or just a dessert for yourself, these cookies are sure to impress.

With the helpful tips and substitutions provided in this article, you can easily adapt this recipe to your taste preferences or dietary restrictions. Plus, the make-ahead and storing instructions make it easy to have fresh cookies on hand whenever you need them.

So why not give this recipe a try? You’ll love the gooey cherry and crunchy nut combination that melts in your mouth with each bite. Your friends and family will thank you for bringing a delicious treat to any occasion. Happy baking!

Cherry Nut Cookies

Cherry Nut Cookies Recipe

A PRETTY cookie which will make your cookie tray at Christmas look good! The cherry and nut combination in a buttery base is delicious! A rolled type dough which can be made and baked later. These cookies freeze very well for make ahead plans. This basic cookie dough I have tried many times substituting different ad-ins.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 30 Mins, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, Fruit, Nuts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 50 cookies
Calories: 111.8kcal


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup candied cherry, chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped


  • Mix softened butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well.
  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and add to creamed mixture. Stir in candied cherries and pecans.
  • Shape dough into long rolls about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in wax paper and chill at least 4 hours. (May be made days ahead before baking and stored in refrigerator or freezer. Let dough thaw slightly before slicing.).
  • Unwrap and cut into 1/4 inch slices; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 10 minutes.

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Serving: 1258g | Calories: 111.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.6g | Protein: 1.3g | Fat: 5.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 18.2mg | Sodium: 47.1mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 8.2g

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