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Bon Bon Christmas Cookies Recipe

Bon Bon Christmas Cookies

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"Cute 'Cherries in a Blanket' cookies. This recipe goes back at least three generations. My grandma made them, my mom made them, now I make them!"

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the shortening and cream cheese until well blended. Stir in the flour, you may need to use your hands to help it form a dough. If the mixture seems too dry, add a couple of teaspoons of water. Cover and chill several hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  3. Before rolling out the dough, dust the rolling surface heavily with confectioners' sugar. Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 1x4 inch strips. Place a cherry on the end of each strip. Roll up each strip starting with the cherry. Place on prepared cookie sheets and dust with a little of the confectioners' sugar.
  4. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies should brown slightly. Dust again with the confectioners' sugar. Allow cookies to cool before serving, the cherries are very hot!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 17, 2003

i love this recipe. my great aunt makes them but instead of dusting them with powdered sugar, dips them in red icing (like the buttercream icing on the back of the powdered sugar box) and rolls them in coconut. she also soaks the cherries in rum the night before she makes them.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 01, 2002

This needs salt! I used unsalted butter and less flour. The dough was okay, just insipid. When I made similar cookies as a kid we also wrpped the dough around walnuts and dates.


33 Ratings

Apr 13, 2008

Good recipe very similar to my grammas. I take the dough and wrap it around the maraschino cherries that have stems and then sprinkle them with red sugar crystals before they bake. Its like cookie covered cherries.

Dec 13, 2005

These were wonderful, and a very nice change of pace! I made them at a cookie bake/exchange and they were a huge hit! There were many basic cookies, and alot of chocolate ones, so these really stood out, and looked very festive. Although they were a lot of work, everyone complimented me, and said how they were worth all the work that went into them (of course they weren't the ones making them - lol). And I made 6 batches of them! Next time, I'll probably make some prior to the get-together to have for home, and make less to exchange. After all, if I'm going to that much effort, I want some for myself. Thanks for the recipe!

Dec 26, 2008

I really liked these. But, of course, I like almost all cream cheese cookies. I didn't use shortening, I used butter. It seemed to make them a little richer. I also chilled my dough before making them into cookies. The end product was lovely. I had to freeze the survivors in small batches, so I didn't gorge myself. TIP: You don't have to sift your powdered sugar here. I measured out what was needed and just ran my big wisk through the sugar. Works like a charm.

Dec 15, 2003

My husband loves these. I added some powdered sugar to the dough. I hated to give them away as gifts, when I could be eating them at home!

Jan 07, 2010

The recipe as is was ok; but I would only give it 3 out of 5 stars. The dough did not roll well and when it baked is cracked and the cookies did not look pretty. I added a beaten egg to the dough and it made all the difference in the world. The dough was then easy to roll. It did require additional baking time (2-3 minutes) but the results were tremendous. The cookies cake out looking just like the ones in the picture. I also highly recommend soaking the cherries in a good rum for a few days. These where the hit of the holidays. The last thing I did with these cookies was dip the tops in dark chocolate. You need a dark chocolate because milk chocolate is just a little too sweet.

Dec 22, 2003

The dough was very bland. Needed something. Also they are not easy to make. Getting them all to look pretty was a chore. Not worth the effort.


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  • Calories
  • 151 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.7 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 6.2 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 14 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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