Icy Christmas cakes recipe: Mini glazed cakes from 1969

Icy Christmas cakes

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Little glazed cakes for the holiday season

Icy Christmas cakes are little festive holiday cakes — like glazed cookies with a warm spiced flavor, plus a sweet burst from candied cherries. (This recipe suggests Brownulated Brown Sugar.)

Icy Christmas cakes

Cherry butter jewels cookies

Cherry thumbprint Christmas cookies

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

These rich and tender cherry thumbprint Christmas cookies have bright and colorful button centers, made by placing pretty halved red or green candied cherries into the middle of each one.

This recipe makes 36 small cookies, but you can easily double the ingredients and make more.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely-chopped walnuts (or pecans)
  • 1/2 cup red and green candied cherries, halved


  1. Cream butter; add sugar and continue beating until blended.
  2. Separate one egg.
  3. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla, lemon juice and peels.
  4. Combine flour and salt; add to creamed mixture; blend well.
  5. Chill dough for 2 to 4 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  7. Remove dough from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls.
  8. Dip balls in the slightly-beaten egg white, then in the chopped nuts.
  9. Place on buttered cookie sheets.
  10. Make a thumbprint in each dough ball, and place a red or green candied cherry half (curved side up) into the indentation at the top of each cookie.
  11. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  12. Remove to wire rack to cool.


Candied cherries are not the same thing as maraschino cherries.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

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Icy Christmas cakes - Retro cookie recipe from 1969

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