I just love.love.love. refrigerator cookies at Christmas time. Such convenience! Whip up a batch of dough, roll into logs, wrap in parchment paper. You can store the logs in the fridge for a day or two or freeze for a month. Take them out any old time and you can have fresh baked cookies in an instant!
They also make an awesome little hostess gift if you wrap them up in a cellophane bag and add a pretty Christmas topper with a tag.
After countless years of using an old family recipe, I decided to try something new. I couldn’t have been happier with the results. They are buttery, light, and tender with a bit of chewy goodness from the cherries. They are also prettier!! And we all know it’s all about how it looks, right? OK, maybe not, but it’s nice.
I like to bake these cookies just before guests arrive so that the buttery sweet smell fills the house and makes me feel like Mrs. Claus herself…
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 2/3 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup very finely chopped red and green glace cherries
- 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
- Cream butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
- Sift together dry ingredients. Add to the butter/sugar mixture. Mix well. Fold in the cherries and almonds.
- Divide the dough into thirds, place each on a separate piece of wax or parchment paper. Shape into 7" rectangular logs. Wrap the paper around each one and chill for several hours.
- Slice the logs into 1/4" slices and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Watch closely--you don't want to brown the bottoms too much.
|Slice into 1/4 inch slices.|
|Watch the bottoms so they don’t burn!|
|Package up for gifts.|
|Add a pretty homemade tag.|