Cherry Bomb Cookies

"From Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke"
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
5-6 dozen cookies




  • Drain the cherries. Leave them in a strainer while you make the cookie dough.
  • Put flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir with a fork until thoroughly mixed. Cut in the softened butter with two forks, continuing to cut until the mixture looks like course corn meal (you can also do this in a food processor with the steel blade, using cold butter cut in 1/2 inch chunks).
  • Beat the eggs in a medium-sized bowl and combine them with the sugar.
  • Add the egg and sugar mixture to the rest of the ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  • Extract small bits of dough with your fingers and wrap them around each maraschino cherry, leaving the stem sticking out. Press the bottoms of the dough-wrapped cherries down slightly on a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (cookies wil be white, if they start to brown, reduce the baking time). Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet. Then dip them in powdered sugar so that the entire cookie part is covered, but not the stem.

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  1. I just read "Sugar Cookie Murder" by Joanne Fluke, published in 2004. This is her recipe word for word - copy & paste. Who is this RandiDB? Someone of pretty low character, I guess, loading recipes as her own.
  2. I love, love, *love* this recipe! I've made it twice before and it was delicious. The cool thing about this recipe is that you can have fun with coloring the dough. The first time I made this, I created beach balls for a summer theme. The second time, I colored them like mini galaxies. This time, I'm going to make unicorn bombs and paint the stems gold with luster dust. My only warning is to make sure the cherries are drained *completely*! I forgot to do so the second time and the cookies were far too soft. But other than that, a great recipe that I will enjoy making again.
  3. I made these last Christmas and have requests for them this year.Had to find the recipe again, this time I'll save it. I am also going to try dipping some in chocolate this year.
  4. My son made these wonderful cookies for Christmas, using maraschino cherries minus the stems. WOW! Everyone raved and asked for the recipe. Can't wait to make them myself, maybe for Valentine's Day. They are my new favorite cookie. Thank you so much for sharing, Randi!


  1. I added a teaspoon of vanilla to my cookies. It added a lovely depth of flavor to them. Another quick note, if you are going to color the dough, roll the cookies in plain sugar before baking. It gives a lovely sparkle to the cookies without covering the color.



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