The stripes of jam make these treats look especially festive -- perfect for serving to guests or to give as a gift.



For the Filling
For the Dough


Instructions Checklist
  • Make the filling: In a food processor, combine dried sour cherries, jam, and sugar. Process until coarsely pureed. Transfer to a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat, and stir in almond extract. Let stand until cool.

  • Make the dough: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 4 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; incorporate. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture; mix to combine.

  • Transfer dough to a clean work surface, and divide into four equal portions. Place one portion between two pieces of parchment paper that are at least 12 inches square. Roll out dough to a 3 1/2-by-9-inch rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Repeat with the remaining three portions dough. Transfer to a baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes.

  • Assemble the cookies: Remove dough from freezer. Remove top pieces of parchment from dough. Spread one-third of the filling evenly over one portion of dough. Invert second rectangle over the first; remove parchment on top. Repeat layering process, leaving the top rectangle uncoated. Trim to a 3 1/4-by-8 1/2-inch brick. Wrap in plastic wrap and transfer to freezer for 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpats (French nonstick baking mats). Cut the brick into 1/4-inch-thick rectangles; place on baking sheets, spaced 2 1/2 inches apart.

  • Bake until light golden around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Cook's Notes

The beauty of icebox cookies is that the dough keeps for up to a month, if tightly wrapped in the freezer, so you can have cookies anytime at a moment's notice. If you're baking them for use today, prepare a double batch and freeze half the dough for later.

Reviews (5)

11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
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These tasty cookies look so special and the cornmeal adds a wonderful sandy texture. I have found that using the same dough shaped as a round thumbprint cookie with the same tart cherry center is 90% as good looking - but soo much less work. One advantage of adding the jam after baking is that the intensity of the tart cherry flavor is not reduced as it is in baking.
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I'm looking for the Pecan version of this recipe. If anyone has it I would appreciate it . I need the recipe for the pecan filling.
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Have made these cookies each Christmas for several years now. We all love them and they disappear from the cookie jar rapidly. This recipe is different and a keeper!
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Make a double batch of these because they will go very fast. My family would be very upset if they didn't have these cookies each Christmas.
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Make a double batch of these because they will go very fast. My family would be very upset if they didn't have these cookies each Christmas.