Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies

Pastry shop perfect, these pretty little cookies pair the super compatible flavors of cherry and almond. To keep maraschino cherries from running into the frosting, blot them dry with a paper towel before applying to the cookie top, and do so no more than a few hours before serving.

Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
14 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
30 to 36 cookies


  • 30 maraschino cherries with stems

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup cream cheese, softened (2 ounces)

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup finely chopped candied cherries

  • 1 recipe Cherry-Almond Frosting

Cherry-Almond Frosting

  • 3 ounce cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup butter, softened

  • 2 cup powdered sugar, plus 1/2 - 1 cup additional

  • 1 tablespoon cherry liqueur or milk


  1. Place maraschino cherries on paper towels to drain while preparing cookies. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl combine butter and cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, almond extract, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in half of the flour just until combined. Beat in candied cherries and the remaining flour.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2 inch thick. Using a 1-1/2- to 2-inch fluted round cutter, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 14 to 15 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; cool completely. Pipe or spoon Cherry-Almond Frosting onto cookie centers. Top each cookie with a maraschino cherry.

Cherry-Almond Frosting

  1. In a medium bowl combine cream cheese and butter. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 2 cups powdered sugar. Beat in cherry liqueur or milk. Gradually beat in 1/2 to 1 cup additional powdered sugar to make a frosting of spreading consistency.

Layer unfrosted cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw cookies, if frozen. Frost and top cookies as directed in Step 4.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
8g Fat
26g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 26mg 1%
Folate, total 20.2mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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