Cherry Ice Box Cookies

Day 5 of my Christmas Cookie Extravaganza!  Whew.  That’s a lot of baking in one week!  This is my last cookie in this series, and my pants are thankful for that.

It’s been a slice…these cookies that is!  I love Ice Box Cookies.  They’re pretty, easy to make and SO convenient!  Oh, and perfect for gift giving too!  I love that you can have these made, and in the fridge all ready to go.  Bake them when you have unexpected guests arrive, or just when you want/need a fresh baked cookie!  There’s just something so wonderful about being able have fresh baked cookies at your beck and call!  And without the mess every time you want one!

Have them ready.  Bake as needed.  Perfectly convenient for the holiday season!

Today’s cookies are Cherry Ice Box Cookies!

These are so pretty and festive…the pink will make them the perfect stand out cookie on the ol’ Santa cookie plate!

Dress them up with some pretty wrapping and you have the perfect hostess gift!

There are so many ways to give edible gifts…you can put them in pretty boxes or tins, or wrap them up in parchment or wax paper and tie them with festive string.

For a little extra pizzaz, iron together 2 sheets of wax paper with some tissue paper or confetti in between them…instant pretty paper for wrapping food in!  I’m going to post a little How To tutorial for this pretty packaging project so stay tuned!

You can even give the raw dough as a gift.  That way your friends or family can bake the cookies when they want them!  Just wrap them up in wax paper and tie the ends with some pretty ribbon.  An instant yummy gift!

Cherry Ice Box Cookies
 
Serves: Makes about 6 dozen cookies.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (not margarine), at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp almond flavouring
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 cup candied cherries, chopped up
  • ½ cup finely chopped almonds
  • wax paper
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut (set aside - do not mix into dough)
Instructions
  1. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  2. Add the eggs and almond flavouring. Mix well.
  3. Add the flour, cherries and chopped almonds. Combine, and work into a dough.
  4. Split the batter into 2 or 3 batches, and work each batch into a roll 1½ inches in diameter.
  5. Roll each roll of dough in the 1 cup of shredded coconut, to coat the outside.
  6. Wrap/roll in wax paper, tie up the ends, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Overnight is best.
  7. When you are ready to bake them, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Slice the cookies a generous ¼ inch thick and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Notes

If you want your cookies extra pink, add a teaspoon or two of the liquid from maraschino cherries, or a couple drops of red food colouring.
Recipe adapted from Company’s Coming Cookies

 

So pretty!  So festive! 

I hope you have enjoyed this cookie series!  I’ve loved doing it!  Come back tomorrow too…I’m going to round-up my cookie recipes from last year!

Happy baking and have a delicious day!

Here are the rest of the cookies from this series…

Mint Chocolate Chip Blizzard Cookies

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Mincemeat Oatmeal Thumbprints

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies

Yummy Linking:  Design Dining & Diapers, Whipperberry, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Poofy Cheeks, Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, It’s Overflowing, Craft-O-Maniac, Between Naps on the Porch, Thistlewood Farms

Comments

  1. Oh I love ice box cookies; so convenient!
    I also love your idea about ironing 2 sheets of waxed paper together; so clever!
    Elizabeth

  2. These look absolutely delicious. I like the idea of having some ready to go in case guests come over..that is if I can keep my hands off them! That’s the problem! I’m going to review your other cookie recipes now because I have a cookie exchange coming up next week and I haven’t found something to bring yet.
    Found you through craftberrybush today and I am always thrilled to find menu planning ideas! Cheers!

  3. These cookies look delicious and so pretty. Having cookie dough in the freezer is so dangerous though, at least for me. It’s so darn easy to indulge. :) I’m putting this recipe high on my edible gifts list this Christmas, for sure.

    Genius idea with the wax paper too.

    Thank you!

  4. These look so so yummy and also so beautiful. What a great gift idea JoAnna! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. These look so delicious. I hope you will consider linking it up to the Pinworthy Projects Party over at my blog, Just Us Four.

  6. Jo-Anna, just saw these over at The Great Christmas Cookie Exchange at Dukes and Duchesses and fell in love with them! Ironically I’ve been craving cherries lately, so these may be just the thing! And they’re SO pretty! They’ll be pinned as well!

  7. I am sooo tickled to find you here, making cookies. I am making cookies to bag and give as gifts to family and friends. I bake a couple batches ea day and put in the freezer. Then, they will be ready, on Christmas Eve for sacking up.
    I can’t WAIT to make these, too. I’m going to the store today to get ingredients for these and some other recipes.
    Thanks so much…
    I am linking up to follow..come follow me and maybe we can meet in the middle for a cup of tea and………..a cookie ! :)
    xo bj

  8. Ohhhh YUM!!!! I am SO adding these to our Happy Hour Feature board on pinterest! Thank you SO much for sharing at Happy Hour, YUM!!!
    Hugs,
    Jaime

  9. These look amazing! I would love for you to share these on our Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap. http://swtboutique.blogspot.com/2012/11/holiday-cookie-recipe-blog-hopthe.html
    Have a great weekend!
    Steph
    swtboutique.blogspot.com

  10. Those look delicious!!

  11. These cookies look adorable, yummy, and somehow bring back childhood memories. Thanks for sharing! Linda @ www,paperseedlings.com

  12. Yum!!!

  13. Oh yummy! These look delicious! I would love for you to come link up to my Get Social Sunday party and show off your awesome ideas and blog! http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2012/12/get-social-sunday.html

  14. I pinned these beauts on Pinterest about a week ago, and then see that your sweetness linked them up. LOVE THEM. YUM TOO! hugs, jen

  15. Thank you so much for linking up with us at the Great Cookie Exchange last week Jo-Anna. I’m writing up the feature post now so check back soon! :)
    Kelsey of Poofy Cheeks

  16. I’m so sad. I have been dying to make these cookies and today i finally decided to…it’s Thanksgiving.
    We are about to leave to go to the in laws house and i decided to try one. I don’t think they are good at all!
    They look beautiful but taste like flour! I even added more of the cherry juice to it. Very sad. =(

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