Glazed Cherry Bonbon Cookies

I’ve always loved maraschino cherries.

As a kid in my Shirley Temples, as an adult in my Malibu Sunsets, and they’re front and center in my grandma’s Sweet Soft Cherry Bread.

Glazed Cherry Bonbon Cookies - Soft, buttery cookies with the fun surprise of a cherry baked in!! The cherry juice glaze boosts the cherry flavor even more! Easy cookies that make everyone smile!!

It’s been years since I’ve baked them into cookies or bars and I was overdue for a new maraschino cherry recipe. The cookies were worth the wait and they’re just so fun.

Soft, buttery, pink cookies with the surprise of a juicy, sweet maraschino cherry in the middle that also helps keep the cookies moist. The cherry juice glaze boosts the cherry flavor even more.

Glazed Cherry Bonbon Cookies - Soft, buttery cookies with the fun surprise of a cherry baked in!! The cherry juice glaze boosts the cherry flavor even more! Easy cookies that make everyone smile!!

It’s a unique cookie recipe in that there’s no egg, no baking soda or baking powder, and rather than granulated or brown sugar, confectioners’ sugar is used.

Glazed Cherry Bonbon Cookies - Soft, buttery cookies with the fun surprise of a cherry baked in!! The cherry juice glaze boosts the cherry flavor even more! Easy cookies that make everyone smile!!

They’re perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Easter, Christmas, or anytime you need something that’ll make you smile. Because pink cookies will do the trick.

Glazed Cherry Bonbon Cookies - Soft, buttery cookies with the fun surprise of a cherry baked in!! The cherry juice glaze boosts the cherry flavor even more! Easy cookies that make everyone smile!!

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Glazed Cherry Bonbon Cookies

These cookies are just so fun. Soft, buttery, pink cookies with the surprise of a juicy, sweet maraschino cherry in the middle that also helps keep the cookies moist. The cherry juice glaze boosts the cherry flavor even more. They're perfect for Valentine's Day, Mothers' Day, Easter, Christmas, or anytime you need something that'll make you smile. Because pink cookies will do the trick.

Yield: about 10 medium cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 8 to 10 minutes

Total Time: 3+ hours, for dough chilling

Ingredients:

Cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk, plus more if needed, see step 3 below (I used cashewmilk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • about 5 to 10 drops red food coloring or as desired, optional but recommended
  • about 10 maraschino cherries

Glaze

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar (sifted if yours is particularly lumpy)
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice, or as needed for desired glaze consistency

Directions:

  1. Cookies - To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large bowl and handheld electric mixer), add the butter, confectioners' sugar, and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the milk, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed to incorporate, about 1 minute. (Mine didn't incorporate fully, but it was mixed in. It'll fully incorporate after adding the flour.) Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the flour, salt, and beat on medium-low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute. If your dough is overly dry, crumbly, and not coming together, add a tiny splash of milk as needed until the dough comes together and is smooth.
  4. Optionally, add red food coloring to tint the dough as pink as desired and mix well to incorporate. All food coloring types and brands vary, as do preferences, so add accordingly. Beat well after each drop or two since you can't un-do it and sometimes the color intensity will sneak up on you.
  5. Using a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop or your hands, form approximately 10 equal-sized mounds of dough.
  6. Use your thumb to make a shallow well, like you're making thumbprint cookies, and insert one cherry into each mound of dough. Carefully seal and crimp the edges around the cherry and flatten mounds slightly, taking care not flatten too much and squish the cherry.
  7. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, up to 5 days. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.
  8. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for about 12 minutes or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked and glossy in the center; don't overbake. Cookies firm up as they cool. It's a bit tricky with pink cookies to tell if they're done, but I err on the side of underbaking so they stay softer over time. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet completely. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don't use a rack.
  9. Glaze - To a large, microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
  10. Add the confectioners' sugar, cherry juice, and whisk to combine. As necessary, add additional cherry juice to achieve desired glaze consistency.
  11. Using a small spoon, add about 2 teaspoons of glaze to the top of each cookie, just enough so that some will drip down the sides. You'll have extra glaze which will keep airtight in the fridge for weeks and can be used for future baking. Cookies will keep airtight at room temp for up to 1 week. I'm comfortable storing glazed items at room temp but if you're not, store them in the fridge noting cookies will be more prone to drying out.

Adapted from Taste of Home

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20 comments

  1. Hi Averie. First time i visit your blog. its amazing. and i like this rec.
    thank and godbless you

  2. This is my favorite kind of cookie dough, like the  kind we use for snowballs. Powdered sugar makes for the butteriest, most melt-in-your-mouth cookie! And the pink with the cherry in the middle is gorgeous!

    • You’re right, it’s very reminiscent of snowball dough, never thought of that but it is. And you’re so right about the powdered sugar and how the cookies are so buttery and just melt in your mouth!

  3. These really do look like bon bons ( they look buttery and delicious too)! I have always been a fan of cherries and these really have a beautiful color to them!

  4. Those are so cute! They look like grand-mother cookies (which is the best of things since grand-mothers are the best)! It’s like a vintage cookie recipe but very original, I’m very excited to try it!

  5. These are just the cutest little things! You are the cookie queen! 

  6. I read the title as “Glazed Cherry Bourbon Cookies” and I got really excited!

    i mean….these are good too though.  ;)

  7. These are so pretty Averie!  My daughter completely LOVES Maraschino cherries so I know she’s going to go crazy for this recipe and since it’s her birthday next week I just might surprise her! 

  8. How did I miss commenting on these? They’re the prettiest cookies EVER!! I could eat an entire jar of maraschino cherries. My kid won’t touch them. I don’t know who I’m raising…

  9. Ahh what a lovely glazed cookies. Love the recipe. Visiting your blog for the first time. Very interesting recipes you have. Great cooking !!

  10. These were super easy, moist, and a big hit! I served them with shots of vodka at a party. HA! You really can’t go wrong with anything on this website, everything has been awesome!

  11. Hi! These cookies taste delicious-I just made a batch! I followed the directions very carefully, I chilled my mounds overnight, however, my bonbons still flattened out. What I did was removed them from the refrigerator and then placed directly in the oven. I have created a second batch. In step 7, once I remove the mounds from the frig, should I allow them to get room temperature again before baking? Do you have a suggestion as to why my bonbons flattened out? Thanks so much! 

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