Easy Ribbon Cookies With Candied Cherries

Ribbon cookies with cherries and pecans

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 60 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
84 Calories
5g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 60 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 84
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 20mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Delicious butter cookies are divided to make two flavors, made to look like ribbons, for the holidays. 

With chocolate, pecan, and cherry strips, the cookies make a festive treat for the holidays. And packing the layers in the loaf pan makes preparation faster and easier than rolled ribbon cookies.

These cookies freeze well, which makes them especially convenient. It's always nice to have special cookies in the freezer for unexpected guests and visiting family.


  • 2 1/2 cups flour (11 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup candied cherries (chopped)
  • Optional: 4 drops food coloring (red or green)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1-ounce semisweet chocolate (melted)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the lightly beaten egg and vanilla; beat thoroughly.

  3. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat until well blended.

  4. Divide the dough into three parts (about 10 ounces each if you're weighing the dough) and put them in separate bowls.

  5. To one portion, beat in the chopped cherries. If more color is desired, beat in a small amount of food coloring. 

  6. To the second portion, add 1/4 cup of chopped pecans.

  7. To the third portion, beat in the melted chocolate and another 1/4 cup of chopped pecans, if desired.

  8. Line a small loaf pan (8 1/2-by-4 1/2) with waxed paper or parchment; pack the chocolate dough evenly into the bottom of the loaf pan. Over the chocolate pecan dough, pack the plain pecan dough and then top it with the cherry dough. Or layer as desired.

  9. Cover the pan with waxed paper or plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for about 3 hours, or until thoroughly chilled.

  10. Heat the oven to 375 F.

  11. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  12. Turn the chilled dough out of the pan and remove the paper.

  13. Slice the loaf of dough thinly and place the rectangular cookies on the prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart.

  14. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown.

Makes about 5 to 6 dozen ribbon cookies.

You might also like these chocolate and vanilla pinwheel cookies or the date pinwheel cookiesButtery shortbread cookies and chocolate shortbread are excellent for holidays as well.


  • To freeze the cookies, line a freezer container with foil or plastic wrap. Layer the cookies with plastic wrap between layers. Cover and place it in the freezer. Remove all or some of the the cookies as needed, and thaw them at room temperature.