Cream cheese makes these cherry cookies chewy and tender. Roll them in whatever color sugar you’d like for a cute treat to fit any occasion!

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Ah, Valentine’s Day.  We’re just barely able to take a breather from Christmas and New Year’s when all of the Valentine’s Day cards and candies come out.

I figure I’m never going to be able to fight it, so I’m joining in and sharing with you our first Valentine’s Day recipe today!

Cream Cheese Cherry Cookies Recipe

I’ve only just the past couple of months started baking with maraschino cherries. You see, Matt is a huge chocolate-covered-cherry and cherry-cookie kind of guy.  I’m not quite sure why, but I’ve never made him anything “cherry” before, except for classic cherry pie.  He was quite pleased this past month when he came home to homemade chocolate covered cherries and two kinds of cherry cookies. Yes, I pretty much made his day.

These Cream Cheese Cherry Cookies are one of the treats that I made him.  Because they are made with cream cheese, the cookies are soft and tender.

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How to Make Cream Cheese Cherry Cookies

These are easy cookies to make. You will have to plan ahead to refrigerate the cookie dough for at least an hour, but otherwise the dough comes together easily.

  • Using a stand mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar together. Beat in almond extract. You can use vanilla extract (or another flavor) if you’d like, but we love the almond and cherry flavor combination together.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Slowly add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
  • Shape the dough into 30, 1-in. balls, then roll in colored sugar. Use whatever type of color of coarse sugar you’d like! You can find colored sugar in the baking aisle by the sprinkles, or look in a craft store at the baking and cake making supplies.
  • Use an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 12-13 minutes. Do not overbake. This will ensure they stay soft.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately press a cherry into the center of each cookie. Move the cookies to wire racks to cool.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, slowly melt the white chocolate chips in 10-15 second increments, stirring between each melting time. Use a spoon or fork to drizzle the chocolate overtop the cookies. The chocolate drizzle helps the cherry stay in place.
  • Allow the chocolate to set completely before storing the cookies in an airtight container.

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Can you sprinkles in cookie dough?

We roll the cookie dough balls in sugar so the sugar is only the outside, but if you’d like to add a few sprinkles to the cookie dough you can do that also. Just don’t go overboard since it is adding more sugar to the dough.

You could get creative and colorful with what colored sugar you used.  Use pretty colors for a birthday theme, red and blue for a patriotic party, or even green sugar for Christmas.  Wouldn’t they look so cute rolled in green sugar with the red cherry in the middle?  Just like a little wreath.

The white chocolate drizzled on top is optional.  Personally, I think that white chocolate drizzle makes everything better!

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Do cookies with cream cheese need to be refrigerated?

The cream cheese is baked inside the cookies so they are ok to store at room temperature. Baked goods that have a cream cheese or cheesecake filling or frosting would need to be refrigerated.

How long do cream cheese cookies last?

These cookies will remain soft for 4-5 days at room temperature. They also freeze well so if you will have them longer than that, please package them well and freeze.



If you have cherry lovers in your house, you’ll want to surprise them with these cute little cookies this Valentine’s Day.

Other Cherry Recipes

  • Amish Cherry Rolls
  • Cherry Coffee Cake
  • Sour Cherry Pie
  • Easy Cherry Snack Cake
  • Glazed Cherry Buttermilk Scones
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Cream Cheese Cherry Cookies

Cream cheese makes these cherry cookies chewy and tender. Roll them in whatever color sugar you’d like for a cute treat to fit any occasion!
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 93kcal
Author Lizzy T

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup colored sugar
  • 30 red maraschino cherries drained and dried
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips optional, for drizzle

Instructions

  • Using a stand mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar together in a large bowl. Beat in almond extract. 
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Shape the dough into 30, 1-in. balls, then roll in colored sugar. 
  • Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 12-13 minutes. Do not overbake. Remove from the oven and immediately press a cherry into the center of each cookie. Move the cookies to wire racks to cool.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, slowly melt the white chocolate chips in 10-15 second increments, stirring between each melting time. Use a spoon or fork to drizzle the chocolate overtop the cookies. 
  • Allow the chocolate to set completely before storing the cookies in an airtight container.

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Nutrition

Calories: 93kcal

Adapted from Taste of Home