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Cherry Nougat Cookies

cherry chip nougat cookies on a plate

Time for another giveaway today!  Have you entered to win my all time favorite spatula or a copy of The New Southwest?  After you enter today’s fun giveaway, make sure you go enter those two.  Tis’ the season for giving, next week is full of giveaways almost every day (plus lots of Christmas recipes).  Have you started your holiday baking yet?  Hopefully you have room for more treats, because I have lots of ideas for you over the next couple of weeks.

cherry chip nougat cookies on a plate

Cherry Nougat cookies were completely new to me until last year.  My husband has always talked about a store bought cherry cookie his mom bought when he was little.  He couldn’t give me very much information on it, so it was going to be really hard to recreate it.  After talking to his sister and his mom, I did some research and came up with this recipe.  He says it isn’t exactly like what he had as a kid, but it was still a big hit at our house.  I have another bag of cherry chips I am going to play around some more to see what I can come up with, but in the mean time you don’t want to miss these cookies.

cherry chip nougat cookies on a plate

I don’t often get the pleasure of having my husband and 8 year old in the kitchen with me.  If I am baking cookies, they both tend to hang around, and try to snag some dough.  The day I made these the boys hung around like never before.  Something about almond and cherry extract together made the house smell incredible.  Word to the wise….make sure your mixer is on low when you add the powdered sugar.  That may have led to a few laughs at my house.

Yield: 48

Cherry Nougat Cookies (12 Days of Christmas)

cherry chip nougat cookies on a plate

A homemade version of the old classic Archway Cherry Nougat Cookie

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups butter, , softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp cherry extract
  • Red/Pink food coloring, (optional)
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup almonds, , pulsed very fine
  • 1 (12 oz) package Cherry Chips
  • Additional powdered sugar for coating.


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer combine butter, powdered sugar, sugar, salt, almond, vanilla and cherry extract. If you want pink cookies, add a few drops of extract at this time.
  3. Slowly add the flour until fully incorporated.
  4. Fold in finely chopped almonds and cherry chips.
  5. Divide the dough into quarters. Roll each quarter into "ropes" about 1 inch thick. Slice cookies about 1/4 inch thick. Lay out a baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes. You want to take them out before they start to brown.
  6. Allow to cool completely. Once cool, roll cookies through powdered sugar.
  7. Store in an air tight container


Recipe from Lovely, Local, Fresh

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 154Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 20mgSodium 115mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 2g

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Cee Gee

Sunday 28th of June 2020

Has anyone substituted white chocolate chips for the cherry chips?

Erin S

Sunday 28th of June 2020

I have not done so, but I am sure it would be good. You will just miss a little of the cherry flavor.


Friday 21st of December 2018

They are so dry, I can't roll them out at all! What should I do?

Erin S

Saturday 22nd of December 2018

You could try adding a little milk to the dough to make it not so dry. The dough is a little dry, but not so crumbly that you shouldn't be able to roll them.

Sandy Wagner

Thursday 12th of December 2013

These new "toys" look so fun. I love using and playing with new things.


Tuesday 10th of December 2013

I am wondering what you mean by "cherry chips"? Do you mean dehydrated cherries or like chocolate chips, except that they are cherry flavored?

Erin S

Tuesday 10th of December 2013

They are like chocolate chips only cherry flavored. They sell them around the holidays in most grocery stores with the chocolate chips.


Monday 9th of December 2013

yum, cherry cookies with all the powdered sugar sounds good to me!

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