Mom used to make these. They’re good, with a surprise cherry inside!

Cherry Flips

Joan Donogh
Cookies with a maraschino cherry hidden inside.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup icing confectioners' sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Marachino cherries about 30 plus juice
  • Additional icing sugar
  • Coconut optional


  • Soften butter to room temperature. Drain cherries well (reserving juice) and dry with paper towel. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and beat well. Stir in almond extract. Blend in flour and salt.
  • Pinch off a piece of dough. Press the dough in the palm of your hand and place a cherry on top. Mould the dough around the cherry to form a ball.
  • Place balls on a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes.
  • Make a thin icing with icing sugar and some of the reserved cherry juice. When cool, dip the cookie tops in icing, and dip into coconut if desired.



  1. Sarah

    I’ve been baking these every year since about 2004. Thank you!

  2. Anonymous

    How many calories are in one cherry flip?

    • joan

      Calories and nutritional analysis are not available. You can find recipe calorie counters online where you can input the ingredients and calculate the calories.

  3. Sue

    My mother used to make these for Christmas every year and my sister and I would sneak them from the freezer after school. So happy to find this recipe. I hope my grandchildren enjoy them as much as I did.

    • Donna Stevens

      That’s why I’m making them…my mother did…and we did I the same🤣

  4. Sarah Rosenkrantz

    I’ve been making these for *almost* every year since I found them on your site. It must have been almost 20 years ago! They’re still the best!

  5. Ellen

    5 stars
    We love these they melt in your mouth our mother made them every holiday. They are so good even frozen.


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