Total Time
4hrs 55mins
Prep 4 hrs 40 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a very prosaic name for a beautiful and delicious Christmas cookie, but it is the name Pillsbury, who originated the cookie, gave it. Candied cherries and nuts are added to a refrigerated cookie dough. When sliced, the fruit glistens in each slice. For the sake of appearance use equal parts of red and green cherries. You can even add candied yellow pineapple for more color in the cookies. I used to call these stained glass window cookies until a completely different cookie came out with that name (which tells you how old this recipe is!). But no matter what you call them, you'll enjoy their appearance on your cookie tray. Oh, you'll enjoy their taste, too! (Preparation time includes 4 hours chilling time.)

Directions

  1. Cream the butter. Gradually add the sifted confectioners' sugar, creaming well.
  2. Blend in the unbeaten egg and vanilla. Add the sifted flour; mix well.
  3. Stir in the pecan halves and cherry halves. (I like to substitute some yellow candied pineapple for a portion of the cherries to add more color to the cookies. Cut the pineapple into pieces about the size of the cherry halves.).
  4. Chill the dough 1 hour.
  5. Divide the dough into thirds. Shape into rolls 12 inches long. Wrap each roll in waxed paper or foil; chill at least 3 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cut each roll into slices 1/8th inch thick and place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 13 to 15 minutes or until edges are delicately browned.