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. (One important note: candied cherries are not the same thing as maraschino cherries.)
Originally called butter jewels cookies when this recipe was published back in the seventies, this old-fashioned treat will brighten up any holiday plate.
This recipe makes 36 small cookies, but you can easily double the ingredients and make more.
Butter thumbprint cookies with candied cherries: A vintage 70s recipe
Recipe from the Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) December 3, 1975