Christmas Cherry Spirals

Author: Canadian Living

Swirls of colour add drama and great taste to a cookie platter. If you prefer a green accent, use green colouring and cherries.

  • Portion size 60 servings


  • 3/4 cups butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • red food colouring
  • 3/4 cups finely chopped candied red cherries
  • 1 egg white beaten


In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; with wooden spoon, stir into butter mixture in 3 additions. Divide in half. Tint 1 of the halves with red food colouring; stir in cherries to make sticky dough. Flatten each half slightly; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until chilled. (Make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 day.)

Between waxed paper, roll out plain dough to 14- x 8-inch (35 x 20 cm) rectangle. Repeat with red dough. Brush plain dough with egg white. Holding by paper, invert red dough onto plain dough. Roll lightly with rolling pin; remove top paper. Trim edges.

Using bottom paper as guide, tightly roll up from long edge; roll back and forth to seal seam. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until chilled.

Place roll, seam side down, on work surface; with sharp knife, cut into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices. Arrange, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, on parchment paper-lined rimless baking sheets. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375°F (190°C) oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, for about 10 minutes or until firm. Let cool on pan on rack for 1 minute. Transfer to rack; let cool completely. (Make ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per cookie:</b> about

  • Sodium 28 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 63.0
  • Total fat 2 g
  • Cholesterol 10 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 10 g


  • Iron 1.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 3.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 0.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 2.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Christmas Cherry Spirals