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Cherry Christmas Slice and Bake Cookies

A beautiful, festive slice and bake cookie with red and green cherries that is so delicious! Easy to make too! You can freeze the logs, and bake them later. Such a pretty addition to your cookie tray!
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Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 55
Calories: 90


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 cup red candied cherries cut in half
  • 1 cup green candied cherries cut in half


  • With a mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and confectioner’s sugar until well-mixed.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until fluffy.
  • On lowest speed, add in the flour and mix well until it makes a soft dough.
  • On lowest speed, mix in the pecans for just a few seconds. You don't want the dough to turn a brown color from overmixing in the pecans.
  • On lowest speed, briefly, for just 2 or 3 seconds, mix in the red and green cherries. Do not over mix. You don’t want the cherry colors to bleed into the dough.
  • Shape the dough into 10-inch long logs and wrap them in waxed paper.
  • Chill the logs for 1 hour. (You can keep refrigerated for a few days if you want.)
  • Preheat the oven to 325°.
  • Use a very thin knife to cut the logs into ⅛- inch slices.
  • Place the slices on an ungreased or parchment-lined cookie sheet pan.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottoms are a golden brown.
  • Remove the cookies from the pan and cool them on a wire rack.
  • Store the cookies covered at room temperature.


OPTIONAL DECORATIONS: You can roll the logs in sprinkles and then slice and bake. Alternatively, you can slice the cookies first and then roll each cookie in sprinkles and then bake.
YIELDS:  About 50-55 slices, depending on the thickness of your slices.
FREEZE: You can freeze the dough logs in freezer bags for up to 2 months.
Sodium: 31mg | Calcium: 3mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 108IU | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 15mg | Cholesterol: 12mg | Calories: 90kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 5g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 11g | Iron: 1mg