Traditional Christmas Cookie - Cherry Hideaways

I’ve saved the best for last! These are an all-time favorite of mine, and a recipe that my grandma made every year for Christmas. They look like they’re plain bark covered cookies, but inside there’s a surprise – maraschino cherries!

Cherry Holiday Hideaways


  • 2/3 cups organic shortening (butter flavor if available)
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups ultragrain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 48 maraschino cherries (well drained)
  • 1 cup almond bark


  • chopped pecans


Cream shortening, sugar, egg, milk, and extract. Combine dry ingredients, then gradually add to mixture and stir until well combined. Press dough in a very thin layer around cherries. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Dip into melted almond bark, then spinkle with pecans.

Yields about 4 dozen cookies.

Recipe and photographs from Mayhem in the Kitchen!


This post is day 12 in the series Mayhem’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies!

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