Cherry Sugar Cookies

Welcome to my cookie factory! Nothing like leaving cookies until the very last minute, such as February 13th. My counters this morning were covered with 10 dozen cookies, all ready to be gifted to classmates and co-workers tonight and tomorrow.

These are yummy cherry flavored cookies, perfect for Valentines Day, and the recipe makes a good 5 dozen.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups white sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup of chopped dried cherries
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Kick the tires and light the fires to 350.

I tried this in my mixer.

What I discovered is that this recipe makes my KitchenAid mixer very, very unhappy. You can mix the butter and sugar…then add in the eggs and almond extract…but when you get to that 5th cup of flour?

Mixer very, very mad at me.

So.

Do this by hand perhaps?

1. Cream your butter and sugar together.

2. Add in your eggs and almond extract. Add the cherries.

3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

4. Mix the flour into the butter mixture until your arm hurts. Sorry.

My kids are forever in their pajamas it seems, when we bake. Either I am an early bird baker (yes indeed) or my kids stay in their pajajams all day on the weekends. (correct again!)

Roll the dough into a 1/2 cm thickness, then cut out your shapes.

Cook in a 350 degree oven until browned just lightly, about 7-8 minutes. Cook on the sheets almost completely, then remove to a rack. If you cook them till just brown, you get soft cookies that still hold their shape, yum!

Use pretty icing:

Sugar Cookie Icing Ingredients

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tbsp milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
assorted icing coloring

Mix them together, ok?

The above is the base for the icing, in order to get thinner icing I added a little more milk until I could dip my cookies into the icing, and let them drip off, getting this beautiful glazed coating below. Do NOT put in more corn syrup, it will never harden and set properly. So add milk very little by little until you get the consistency you need. The lemon flavoring didn’t affect the color of white at all, and lemme tell, you, YUM! Ok ok ok, yes, I like lemon.

Sprinkle little pretty bits on top and let them dry for a couple of hours. Truly, a couple of hours, the icing takes a while to set.

Cherry Sugar Cookies
Perfect Valentine’s Day cookies for your sweetheart.
Author:
Recipe type: dessert,cookies,Valentines Day
Serves: 10
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • ½ cup of chopped dried cherries
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Sugar Cookie Icing Ingredients
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon extract
  • assorted icing coloring
Instructions
  1. Kick the tires and light the fires to 350.
  2. Cream your butter and sugar together.
  3. Add in your eggs and almond extract. Add the cherries.
  4. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Mix the flour into the butter mixture until your arm hurts.
  6. Roll the dough into a ½ cm thickness, then cut out your shapes.
  7. Cook in a 350 degree oven until browned just lightly, about 7-8 minutes. Cook on the sheets almost completely, then remove to a rack.
  8. The above is the base for the icing, in order to get thinner icing I added a little more milk until I could dip my cookies into the icing, and let them drip off, getting this beautiful glazed coating below. Do NOT put in more corn syrup, it will never harden and set properly. So add milk very little by little until you get the consistency you need.
  9. Sprinkle little pretty bits on top and let them dry for a couple of hours. Truly, a couple of hours, the icing takes a while to set.

Enjoy with your Valentine!

 

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6 comments
Jim
Jim

can you use vanilla extract instead of lemon

LeQuan
LeQuan

These cookies are so cute. My daughter would love making these. She's such a girlie girl that pink and hearts would make her very happy. My boy on the other hand is still too young to know, but I know he'd just enjoy eating. Pink cookies is a food group isn't it? Teehee. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Your peanut recipes look great as well, but I'm a bit allergic.

Karlynn
Karlynn

I know, he looks so "meh", or "whatever Mom". Unappreciative kids, I tell ya.Happy Valentine's to you too!

A Canadian Foodie
A Canadian Foodie

That looks very professional. I love the ENTHUSIASM on your son's face! HAHAHA Happy Heart Day, dear K! :) Valerie

Karlynn
Karlynn

I think pink cookies are a food group, sounds good to me! The cherries are fruit too!

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