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Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies. My family bakes these every year at Christmas! These holiday cookies are rolled in nuts and topped with a maraschino cherry. They are melt-in-your-mouth good!
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5 from 2 votes

Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies

These cherry-topped Cream Cheese Cookies are one of my family's favorite Christmas cookies! We've been making these festive, melt-in-your mouth cookies for as long as I can remember.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Chilling Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 39 mins
Servings: 54 cookies
Calories: 87kcal


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • Maraschino cherries halved


  • Using an electric mixer, cream butter and cream cheese together. Add sugar, egg, and almond extract and mix until well combined. Sift dry ingredients together over the mixer bowl; mix on lowest speed until combined.
  • Chill dough for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Form dough into 1 inch balls. (Cookies turn out best when the dough balls are tiny.) Roll each ball in the chopped walnuts and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press a half cherry into each cookie.
  • Bake for 9-12 minutes, until barely set and lightly golden on the bottom. Be careful not to over-bake.


Recipe slightly adapted from Kristine's great-grandmother.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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