Cherry Cookies with Vanilla Frosting Dip

These pink cookies are so fun to dip in vanilla frosting.  The cookies get their pink color from maraschino cherries, and the frosting is made a little thin, to be the perfect consistency for dipping.

pink cookiesConfession time.  Sometimes I fall flat on my face in the kitchen.  Not literally, although that would be really funny.

I mean sometimes my cookies are not all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips.  Recently, I had this brilliant {I thought} idea to make cookies with sunflower seeds.  I even broke one of my cardinal rules and put applesauce in them.

Then I was reminded why those rules are there in the first place.  I mean, applesauce in a cookie?  What was I thinking?!

I took these really beautiful photos, with sunflowers in the background.  It was a little heartbreaking to scrap them, to be honest.

I’ll put them on my facebook page anyway, because that’s the kind of vain person I cookies

My decision to scrap the cookie altogether came when my kids came home from school.  They emptied their lunchboxes of napkins and leftover baggies, and the only thing left uneaten… was the cookies.

I was obviously thrilled.  Robb told me to just throw the whole box of cookies away, because no one is going to eat that sorry excuse for a cookie in this house.

I hate when he’s right.

I went back to the drawing board with this idea that’s been floating around my head for a while, this idea for cute pink heart-shaped cherry cookies.

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The funny thing about this whole story is that I like sunflower seeds.  They’re delicious.  But they make a terrible cookie.  Maraschino cherries, on the other hand?  Gag.  I won’t even eat the one on top of my chocolate milkshake.  Maybe one of these days McDonald’s will get the hint and quit giving them to me.

But… maraschino cherries make really delicious cookies.  No joke.

You should know, and I promise I am not exaggerating about this, my kids ate almost the entire batch of cookies within the space of an hour.  Robb had to fight to get one for himself.

I know after you eat these, you are going to consider making them at other times of the year besides just Valentines Day.  Besides, the cherries are far better this way than on top of a milkshake.


Cherry Cookies with Vanilla Frosting Dip

A cherry flavored sugar cookie with vanilla frosting.
Cook Time9 mins
Author: Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


For Cookies:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 10-ounce jar maraschino cherries
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 cups flour + more for flour

For Frosting Dip:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • about 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Remove cherries from jar, reserving juice, and roughly chop them.
  • Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, cherries and cherry juice, and mix well.
    Add salt, soda, and baking powder, and mix well.
    Add flour and mix just until incorporated.
  • Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 3-4 hours. Roll dough on floured surface, to ½" thickness, and cut small shapes.
  • Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes. (7 min for smaller cookies, and 9-10 for average size cookies) Place on a cooling rack and let cool before serving.
  • For frosting, melt butter, and combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Adjust consistency by adding more milk (to thin) or more powdered sugar (to thicken).

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30 thoughts on “Cherry Cookies with Vanilla Frosting Dip

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Gorgeous! My daughter has requested a strawberry cake for her bday coming up and if she saw these cookies, she’d want those instead (or also!) I am soooo impressed you didnt use cake mix on these like most recipes I see for them! Wow, just awesome Jen!

  2. Helen @ Seaside Interiors

    Hi there, I just saw your cookies at between naps on the porch and they are just so sweet looking that I had to come and tell you. The picture set up you took with them on the tea towel, with the cookie cutters and wooden spoon is amazing!

  3. Miz Helen

    Hi Jen,
    I just love these little cookies with the Vanilla Frosting Dip, great idea! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. Miz Helen

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. Kelly

    Great idea! On behalf of Stemilt Growers, we appreciate fun recipes like this! We might just try this with fresh cherries. =)

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