• 12 Ratings

Vanilla wafer cookies get transformed into a sandwich cookie treat inspired by chocolate-covered cherries in this easy no-bake chocolate-cherry dessert.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Jason Donnelly

Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins
1 hr
30 dipped sandwich cookies


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • For filling, in a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese and powdered sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in cherries and almond extract. Spread filling on bottoms of half of the vanilla wafers. Top with the remaining wafers, bottom sides down. Cover and chill about 30 minutes or until filling is firm.

  • In a medium saucepan cook and stir chocolate candy coating and the 2 teaspoons shortening over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Using a fork, dip each sandwich cookie in melted chocolate coating, turning to coat completely and letting excess coating drip back into pan. Place dipped cookies on a sheet of waxed paper. Sprinkle with jimmies. Let stand about 30 minutes or until chocolate coating is set.


If you prefer, use the microwave to melt the vanilla candy coating. In a small microwave-safe bowl combine vanilla candy coating and the 1/2 teaspoon shortening. Microwave on 100% power (high) for 30 to 60 seconds or until coating is melted and mixture is smooth, stirring every 30 seconds.

To Store:

Layer dipped and drizzled sandwich cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Do not freeze.

Nutrition Facts

133 calories; total fat 7g; saturated fat 4g; polyunsaturated fat 0g; monounsaturated fat 2g; cholesterol 4mg; sodium 56mg; potassium 19mg; carbohydrates 17g; fiber 0g; sugar 13g; protein 1g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 51IU; vitamin c 0mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 0mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 6mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 14mg; iron 0mg.


12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
After reading to the recipe and understanding that it's the filling that would make the cookies soggy which is why it's not good to keep them for more than 2 days. I made the filling the night I before, prepped everything out so in the morning all I had to do was get up and assemble everything. Took me 10 in completing the cookies. all 30 of them. So delicious!! Surveys to 18 people that were gone in minutes. Doubled the recipe for gifts. completed on the morning I was going to give them as gifts and put a little handwritten note , please ensure that these are enjoyed in the next 2 days. For individuals that receive these called and asked for the recipe.. I've gotten rave reviews. Thank you for a simple delicious recipe that fits Christmas perfectly.
Rating: Unrated
Not good for Christmas cookies on my trays. They only keep for 2 days in the refrigerator.
Rating: Unrated
So you can only store these cookies in the frig for 2 day?    That means if you make them for gifts you have to make them and give them away right away.thanks for any info,
Rating: Unrated
Just made these for the first time! Such an easy-to-make, yummy treat!I had a hard time not just eating the cherry / cream cheese filling right out of the bowl!Have a blessed Christmas and New Year!