4 from 1 vote
cherry winks
Cherry Winks Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
22 mins

Cherry Winks Cookies are a true classic cookie since 1950.

Course: Cookies
Keyword: candied fruit, cherries, cornflakes, dates, nuts
Servings: 3 dozen
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup chopped red and green candied cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely crushed corn flakes cereal
  • 16 red candied cherries, sliced in half
  • 16 green candied cherries, sliced in half
  1. In large bowl, beat sugar and shortening with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well blended. Beat in milk, vanilla and eggs. On low speed, beat in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, scraping bowl occasionally, until dough forms. Stir in hazelnuts, dates and 1/3 cup chopped red and green candied cherries. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 15 minutes for easier handling.

  2. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray or use a silicone mat. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into cereal; coat thoroughly. Shape into balls. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Lightly press a cherry halve, cut side down, into top of each ball. alternating colors. 

  3. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.
Recipe Notes

This recipe was submitted in 1950, into the Pillsbury Bake® Off Recipe Contest by Ruth D. from Rice Lake WI. Ruth won the contest and the rest is history. 

This is the same recipe Ruth submitted with the exception of two changes. I used chopped hazelnuts for the chopped pecans and for the chopped maraschino cherries we substituted candied green and red candied cherries from Paradise Fruit Co.