My mom has baked cherry nut drop cookies for Christmas as far back as I can remember.
So, I carried on the tradition with my own daughter. Every Christmas when she was little, and even when she got older, we used to spend and afternoon chopping, mixing and eating cookie dough.
We could hardly wait for them to finish cooling so we could sample these special cookies. They are so good! And I’ve always loved how festive they look.
Even though my daughter has flown the nest, I still make them. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas without them. This year I’m serving them as dessert for our family Christmas get together.
Cherry Nut Drop Cookie RecipeCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Up your sugar cookie game with this recipe for cherry nut drop cookies. They’re perfectly sweet and so soft and chewy.
1 package of sugar cookie mix
1 stick of butter
maraschino cherries, chopped
pecan halves, chopped into pieces
1 tsp almond extract (Mom’s secret ingredient)
- Prepare sugar cookie dough according to package directions
- Fold chopped cherries, pecan pieces and almond extract into cookie dough
- Pour just a little bit of cherry juice into cookie dough and mix
- Drop cookie dough by heaping teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet
- Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes
- Let cookies cool on a cooling rack
- I don’t have exact measurements for the pecan pieces or cherries. Just add them until it looks like you have enough. (That’s the way my Mom does it. So it’s become part of the tradition.)
These cherry nut cookies are perfect for a holiday cookie exchange or to leave out for Santa.
For more Christmas recipes, try:
Either recipe makes a great Christmas morning breakfast.
Wishing you the joy of passing down family traditions in the kitchen,
The cherries in this cookie make it look so festive! I love that you got this recipe from your mom and that you have passed it down to the next generation.
Handed down recipes are the best! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 😉
Michelle Lepak @ Dandelion Patina says
My grandma always gave us kiddie cocktails during the holidays with cherries to garnish. They were something I looked forward to. So, I can appreciate this recipe with a nice memory. I can’t wait to try them!
Kerryan@ Shabby Art Boutique says
mmm… cherries! Definitely pinning this recipe for later Sharon.
Thanks for being a part of the 2014 Christmas Cookie Exchange.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne
Sharon B. says
Ooh Sharon, these look amazing, I really want to try these! And how fun to have a cookie exchange party, just linked up. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Sharon