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These Cherry Pie Cookies have a perfect sugar cookie base, a burst of cherry pie filling, and a beautiful white chocolate drizzle on top. They are great for holiday gatherings but also easy enough for afternoon cherry cookies.


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This cherry pie cookies recipe has all my favorite things in an easy cookie recipe.

First it uses 2 kinds of fat (butter and margarine) as the base to give you a great buttery flavor and a perfect soft dough.

It uses canned cherry pie filling to give you easy mini cherry pies in a cookie form. It’s a perfect way to have on the go cherry pie cookie cups.

And these look beautiful without working too hard. The melted chocolate drizzle on top of the cherry pie thumbprint cookies make it look like you have spent hours in the kitchen even though you didn’t.

If you are ready to make your first batch of cookies with pie filling, you will not be disappointed. It is easy and simple yet delicious, and always a favorite cookie at any cookie swap!


all ingredients laid out and ready to make cherry pie cookies


What Ingredients Are in Cherry Pie Cookies?

  • Margarine: keeps the cookies soft and chewy
  • Butter: adds a rich flavor to the cookie.
  • Vanilla Extract: this adds a perfect vanilla flavor that blends perfectly with the white chocolate cherry topping.
  • Flour: forms the base of the sugar cookie dough.
  • Confectioners Sugar: the sweetness of the cookies, and gives a soft texture to the end result of the cookies
  • Canned Cherry Pie Filling: the easiest way to get cherry pie taste in the center of each cookie
  • White Chocolate Chips: used to drizzle the top of each cookie for a perfect sweet finish.

Pro Tip: Make sure the margarine and butter are softened before using so you can get the right texture in the cookie dough.


cookie dough being made in mixer


How to Make Cherry Pie Cookies:

  1. Cream margarine and butter until fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and beat.
  3. Combine flour and confectioners sugar, beat into a dough.
  4. Form cookie dough balls, create thumbprints, and add cherry filling.
  5. Bake on a prepared baking sheet until golden brown, cool, and transfer to a wire rack.
  6. Melt white chocolate, drizzle over cooled cookies.
  7. Allow chocolate to set before serving.

Pro Tip: Use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on your cookie sheet for perfect cookies and easy clean up.


cookie dough balls rolled out on cookie sheet.


Can I use homemade cherry pie filling to make Cherry Pie Cookies?

Yes you can use homemade pie filling to make these cherry pie cookies! Use your favorite filling in place of the canned version.

I suggest using a can of filling because it is so easy and make this one of those easy recipes everyone can make. Also I don’t have a cherry pie craving often enough to make my own filling.

Can I Use Other Fillings in Cherry Pie Cookies?

Yes you can use other fillings in these Pie Cookies! Experiment with different flavored pie fillings to find your favorite flavor combination. We like blueberry pie filling or apple pie filling in this recipe too!


thumb print pressed into each ball of cookie dough


Can You Freeze Cherry Pie Cookies?

Yes, you can freeze cookies with cherry pie fililng. Store them in a freezer safe airtight container for up to a month. Pull them out for a quick and festive treat any time you want.

How to Store Cherry Pie Cookies:

Keep cherry pie filling cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. 

They do not need to go in the fridge, but if you have insect or humidity problems, pie filling cookies can sit in the fridge to help them stay fresh.


cherry pie filling placed in the center of each cookie


Do You Bake the Pie Filling on Cherry Cookies:

Yes you bake the pie filling on the cookies. Baking them changes the water content of the filling which makes it safe to be left at room temperature. 

Normally in thumbprint cookies, they are filled with jam or jelly which needs to be refrigerated once opened. But cooking changes them so they are safe to be left out inside the cookie.


white chocolate drizzled on top of baked cherry pie cookies


What to Serve With Cherry Pie Cookies:

Serve cherry cookies with other Christmas cookies like gingerbread men, snowball cookies, or classic sugar cookies for a festive cookie spread. My children like the classic oreo cookies mixed into a cookie tray too.

Pro Tip: You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to have great cookies. Try these simple Christmas cookies from a mix to serve next to these cherry blossom cookies for an easy and delicious cookie variety tray.

Are Cherry Pie Filled Cookies Healthy?

No, cherry pie cookies are not healthy even though they have some cherries in them. While you can eat cookies as part of a healthy lifestyle, be sure to exercise self control and eat them in moderation.


zoomed in image of cookies on cooling rack


Can Dogs Eat Cherry Pie Cookies?

No, dogs cannot eat cookies with cherry pie filling. The sugar and cherry mix can cause digestive issues for your furry friends, and some ingredients, like chocolate, can be harmful to dogs.


Additional Cookie Recipes You’ll Love…


Whether you need a special red cookie for a holiday like Christmas, valentine’s day, or fourth of July, or you are just looking for new favorite desserts, these easy cherry pie cookies are the perfect recipe for your cookie needs.


finished cookies laid out on counter

Cherry Pie Cookies

Yield: 24 Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

 Enjoy the holiday magic with our Cherry Pie Cookies—buttery, fruity, and drizzled with white chocolate perfection. A festive twist on tradition!


  1. Preheat oven to 325*F. 
  2. With a stand mixer, beat together butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and beat for another half a minute. 
  3. Add in flour and confectioners sugar and beat on medium speed until a dough begins to form.
  4. Create a large ball of dough using your hands. 
  5. Roll dough into 1.5 - 2 inch balls and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  6. Make a thumbprint in the middle of each ball. 
  7. Place cherries into each thumbprint. 
  8. Bake 12-15 minutes. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  9. Once cookies have cooled, melt white chocolate chips in microwave. Start with 30 seconds, stir, then continue with 15 second increments in the microwave until chocolate is fully melted. Spoon chocolate into a plastic bag,  seal,  then cut a small hole in the corner. Drizzle white chocolate over the cookies.
  10. Allow chocolate to set before serving. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

Originally Posted: November 30, 2017

Photos & Text Updated: December 20, 2023


These pretty (and delicious!) shortbread style Cherry Pie cookies are perfect for holiday cookie exchanges or special occasions! Your guests will never guess how easy they are to make!

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Cherry Pie and festive holiday cookie!

Ruth Gorham

Friday 18th of December 2020

I tried the recipe but used lemon extract instead of vanilla and used lemon pie filling , they were delicous not a big fan of cherry


Sunday 9th of December 2018

Has anyone tried these without using margarine.

Barbara Cloud

Thursday 11th of October 2018

Can you use any filling other than cherry?

Michelle Nahom

Thursday 11th of October 2018

Of course!!


Friday 6th of April 2018

Do you know the points for WW,they looks yummy for a treat

Michelle Nahom

Thursday 12th of April 2018

I'm sorry, I don't. The nutrition info is on the recipe, but I'm not familiar with how to convert that to WW points.


Tuesday 12th of December 2017

Is it ok to freeze these cookies?

Michelle Nahom

Tuesday 12th of December 2017

I haven't tried it, but I don't see why not!

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