Recipe by JJOHN32
"This recipe was given to me at a Christmas cookie exchange. Try using rum extract in place of the vanilla for extra nippy flavor."
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2 1/2 cups
sifted all-purpose flour
finely chopped red and green candied cherries
Great cookies! I have been using this recipe for years, - but there are a few tricks!!! Cream butter, sugar, add vanilla then milk. Stir well, add cherries and pecans (don’t stir until you add the dry ingredients)) Mix dry ingredients in another bowl… then add a bit at a time to the wet mixture while you stir. Once you add the last bit - knead the dough with your hands. If the dough doesn't stick well, add a tiny bit of milk at a time until you get a good form. Break balls in half… and roll into 3 inch logs, then roll the logs into the coconut (if you want a better coating of coconut… brush the outside of the dough logs lightly with milk before rolling). You can freeze this for a couple of hours - then slice and cook, but it's best sitting in the fridge over night. The tip to not get the coconut to burn, is to slice the cookies very thinly (approx 1/4 inch), and either line your cookie pans with silicon sheets or parchment paper. Keep an eye on the first batch until you know the desired time! Recipe says 375F… I say 350F! Check them at 10 minutes, then add a couple of minutes to that (if needed). You want the bottoms golden, not dark - and the cookie should still be a little moist… Leave them on the pan until they cool (they will finish cooking this way)
What did I do wrong? I could not make this dough stick together. Would not roll into logs. Just fell apart. Added a little more milk- still would not roll together.
This is a great recipe! I have been making these for a long time and instead of rolling the logs in coconut i just put the coconut in the dough. It's much less easier to work with and tastes better in my opinion (coconut stays nice and moist). My family loves these and my dad requests them every christmas.
I made this with a friend a couple weeks ago, but she uses chopped dried cranberries instead of candied fruit. Absolutely delicious cookies!
I have been making these for years also. I have never had a problem with the dough, but my version calls for ONLY 3/4 CUP BUTTER. I always use real butter and freeze the logs overnight or longer before baking for easier slicing. I also substitute chopped maraschino cherries (drained on paper towels) for the candied ones. I may try cranberries one reviewer used. The BEST part of the cookie for my family is the FINAL STEP I added. After cooling drizzle dark chocolate in one direction over the cookies and then white chocolate in another direction. It adds a lot to the taste and makes the cookies beautiful!
I love the way these taste, BUT the centers won't bake before the coconut turns very brown.
Excellent cookie that got raves from everyone who tried them! I made the recipe a few days ahead (minus the nuts) and froze them instead of putting them in the fridge. It made slicing them easier, and I just let them thaw for a few minutes on the pan before I cooked them. I was worried they would be too sweet, but the combination between the candied cherries, coconut, and cookie was very nice. I will definately make these again!
One of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes. The red and green cherries highlight the colors of the Season.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Santa's Whiskers I
Serving Size: 1/30 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 30
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 73
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