Cherry Drops


Cherry Drops

Cherry Drops
60 cookies
10 Min

These colorful cookies will add that festive touch to any cookie platter this holiday season. The recipe for Cherry Drops is so easy, you'll want to make these all year long!

What You'll Need

  • 3 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cherry-flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 60 maraschino cherries with stems, drained on paper towels
  • White decorative crystal sugar for sprinkling

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add gelatin and sugar and beat until well mixed. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour and baking powder; mix well.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of glass, and make an indentation in center of each cookie with your thumb. Place a cherry in indentation and sprinkle with sugar crystals.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • If you prefer, you can use cherries without stems and you can even cut them in half. Whatever works best for you!
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I made these using a St. Patrick's Day theme, using lime Jello and green food coloring. Also added a dab of frosting to the indenture then the cherry. Turned out awesome and delicious.

Can you use sugar free jello in this recipe?

You can use sugar free gelatin, just remember to remove the 1 cup of sugar.

Interesting recipe am thinking of trying these but why would you tell someone to remove the cup of sugar if using jello with NO SUGAR? Without any sugar at all the cookies would not rise and be bad tasting I will try using the sugar free jello AND the one cup of sugar

I have been making cookies with a cherry in the center for years with no problems. I always freeze them, and the cherry always looks good. I use maraschino cherries.

Thanks for this recipe. A friend of mine and I are making Christmas goodies to give out to our church and this recipe will be a great addition. Thanks again.

These look great. I think a chocolate drizzle over the top would look and taste nice too.

I would like to know how these are to be stored?

You can store them in an air tight container or you can even freeze them to eat at a later time. Enjoy!

What about using lime jello and make cherry lime drops?

How would you store these, in the frig or in a container on the cupboard. Just wondering if the cherry gets funny. Any answers

I was just sitting here thinking, how hard would it be to make green kisses out of white chocolate and some green food coloring. Festive. I think I will try it today and put them on top of the cherry cookies.

Has anyone added chocolate chips 2 this recipe

Yes, I added mini chocolate chips and they work great! Beautiful (and yummy) addition.

Beautiful and delicious!


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