Sara's Tiny Kitchen
by Sara's Tiny Kitchen
36 cookies
20 min

I’m constantly on the lookout for the perfect cookie and these are working their way to the top of my list. The sweet tart cherry jam and dried cherries pair perfectly with a buttery shortbread type cookie dough for a delicious afternoon snack.

These guys are a bit of a hassle to put together, so they’re not an everyday type of cookie, but if you want to knock someone’s socks off aesthetically, these are the cookies for you.

This recipe comes from America’s Test Kitchen with a few adjustments on my end.

Ingredients Needed to Make Cherry Icebox Ribbons

  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Egg Yolk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Extract
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Dried Cherries
  • Cherry Jam

Recipe details
  • 36  cookies
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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Cherry Icebox Ribbon Cookies
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened to room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons cherry jam.
To Make Cherry Icebox Ribbon Cookies
In a food processor, add white and brown sugars and salt and process until no lumps remain. Add the butter, egg yolk, vanilla and almond extracts and then process until smooth, scraping the bowl of the processor as needed.
Add the flour, and pulse until a cohesive dough forms – about 20-30 pulses. Transfer the dough to the counter and pat it into a 5 inch square, then wrap in plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour or until firm.
While the dough rests in the fridge, make the filling. In a small sauce pan heat the chopped cherries and cherry jam over medium heat until just hot and bubbling. Scrape the cherries into another bowl and let the mixture cool completely. Once cool, process the mixture in a clean food processor until smooth. It’s okay though if you cant get it perfectly smooth. It will still be good.
When the dough comes out of the fridge, roll it out into a 10 inch square, about ¼ inch thick, and then freeze this panel of dough for 15 minutes.
Cut the dough into strips 2 ½ inches wide and 5 inches long, a total of 8 strips. Spread the cherry mixture evenly over 6 of the strips, and then stack the strips cherry side up, ending with a plain strip of dough.
Wrap each stack of dough tightly in plastic wrap and freeze until very firm, at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment.
Slice the chilled dough into ¼ inch slices, and place them 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking.
Immediately upon removal from the oven, carefully transfer the cookies to a metal cooling rack. Cool completely before eating.
Repeat with remaining dough.
  • *The recipe calls for making the dough in a food processor, and that’s the only way I’ve ever made it, but if you don’t have a food processor, it seems as if you could just as easily make it with a hand or stand mixer.
  • *This cookie dough is almost all butter, and as such it warms up VERY quickly as you work with it. Try washing your hands in cold water before touching the dough to keep them as cold as possible, and don’t be afraid to put the dough back in the fridge if it gets too soft.
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  • Nicole P Nicole P on Jun 10, 2021

    These look amazing!

  • Diann Englehart Diann Englehart on Aug 09, 2023

    Out really looks like the times are off for this recipe what with mixing, rolling, boiling, stacking and cutting. Then the Tim for chilling is not accounted for. But they look delicious and I look forward to trying them next time I have a free afternoon.