Cherry Walnut Cookies

"A delicious and pretty cookie to add to your Christmas cookie tray. Anna's recipe was one passed down for two generations in her family. Source: Canadian Living Magazine, from Anna OIson's - Anna and Michael Olson Cook at Home.."
photo by Alandre J. photo by Alandre J.
photo by Alandre J.
photo by Alandre J. photo by Alandre J.
Ready In:
12 dozen




  • In bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla.
  • Then add flour and salt; stir until blended.
  • Stir in cherries and walnuts.
  • Divide dough into thirds; shape each into 10" (25 cm) long log.
  • Wrap and chill until firm, at least 3 hours.
  • Cut logs into 1/8th" or 3 mm thick rounds and place about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Bake in top and bottom thirds of 325 deg F oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, just until edges begin to colour, 8-10 minutes.
  • These cookies brown even faster than shortbreads, so keep a close eye on them! I start checking early, and they're usually done around the 8 minute mark.
  • Let cool on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and let cool completely before storing. Store layered with waxed paper in airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to one month.
  • Makes about 12 dozen cookies (less, of course, if you cut them a little thicker).
  • These are really delicious cookies, well worth the time it takes to make them!
  • Hint: If you want to use red and green cherries do not mix the cherries in same batch, they look better if made separately!
  • Note: chill time of 3 hours is not included in prep time.

Questions & Replies

Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Made these for my dad just last week, nice tender cookie .I Just packed dough into a lined loaf pan and when well chilled almost frozen just sliced into squares. Baking time in my oven was right on. Enjoyable cookies.
  2. Great recipe. I didn’t use the egg so I substituted for flax egg and they came out great. My children love them.


I have always loved cooking and trying new recipes, this site is a real adventure!!! Not only have I found some great recipes, but I have made many new friends locally and from around the world. I love cooking for family and friends, especially preparing and serving brunch. There are many great recipe gems hiding in the thousands posted!! <img src=""> <a href="¤t=bossybilbies.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="" border="0" width="328" height="90" alt="Banner made with, hosted on"/> <img src=""><img src=""><img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"> <img src=""> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> <img src=""><img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"><img src="">
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes