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Kris Kringles

Kris Kringles

Kris Kringles

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Kris Kringles
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Course: Filled Cookies, Hand-Shaped CookiesDifficulty: Medium



A small thumbprint-type cookie rolled in finely chopped nuts and topped with a candied cherry. These are smaller than a typical thumprint cookie and there is less dough, more cherry.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 cup sifted flour (sift first, then measure)

  • 1 large egg white, slightly beaten

  • dash of salt

  • 2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

  • red and/or green whole candied cherries, cut in half


  • Thoroughly cream butter and sugar, add egg yolk and lemon juice, lemon and orange peel. Add flour and salt. Chill 1 hour. Preheat oven to 325 F and grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Form into small balls about 1 inch in diameter. Dip in beaten egg white and roll lightly in ground nuts. Place on prepared baking sheet, press half a candied cherry in center of each. Bake about 20 minutes.


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These are one of my favorite Christmas cookies. My mother got the recipe from a co-worker in the the late 1930's. If you don't want to use candied cherries, dried cherries work but aren't nearly as festive looking as the candied cherries.
- A Baker

Love these cookies and they are much easier to make than it seems.
- A Baker

My grandmother used to make these when I was younger and I to I'm glad to find this recipe thank you for bringing back some childhood memories.
- A Baker

These are my favorite cookies and I had lost the receipe. I've looked at many websites trying to find it again. Yahoo you've got it!
- A Baker

My family used to make this and other recipes which were printed in a Better Homes & Gardens issue from the late 1940s. I lost it and have been looking for it for years. Thank you very much.
- A Baker

I have made this recipe for over 40 years. It is a family favorite and very special for Christmas. I had misplaced the recipe and am so happy to find it!
- A Baker
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