Cherry Bakewell Cookies

Cherry Bakewell Cookies


This post is Pink. Very Pink. And I make no apology for its pinkness, for one simple reason – Cherry Bakewell Cookies. Buttery, almond and cherry cookies, drizzled with almond flavoured icing. If you like Bakewell Tart you will love these cookies.

FF Cherry Bakewell Cookies

Because I have been testing some baking equipment for British BakewareI knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bake cookies, using their large baking tray. Since those of you who regularly pop round here for a chat I mean read, will know I LOVE COOKIES. I really, really love cookies – and – please don’t hate me, I prefer nutty, fruity cookies over chocolate ones. If you love choccie cookies there’s a link at the bottom of the post. I’m so good to you 😉.

Cherry Bakewell Cookies:

But before you click the link to the Chocolate Cookies, just have a peek at these delicious Cherry Bakewell Cookies.

Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Cherry Bakewell Cookies

Can you imagine biting into this crunchy, buttery, cookie that is filled with flaked almonds, cherries and drizzled with a perfect, not-too-sweet icing?

So have I tempted you to try these scrumptious Cherry Bakewell Cookies? Perfect with milk, or a cup of tea/coffee, especially as it is frrreeeezzzing outside today!

Cherry Bakewell Cookies

One of the reasons I enjoy baking, so much, is that I can whip up a batch of cookies or loaf of bread and I know exactly what has gone into making them. Also I  really enjoy sharing what I bake, beyond our home. By that I mean, surprising our neighbours with a gift of cupcakes, baking a gift to say thank you, or just because.

And these cookies are incredibly easy to make. Once the cookie dough is made, it is rolled into logs, wrapped and chilled in the fridge and then sliced and baked when needed. Alternatively, you could dispense with the almond drizzle, just add the almond extract to the creamed butter and sugar part of the recipe, so that these  retain that proper Bakewell taste and once baked these babies are ready to eat!

Recipe: Makes Approximately 20 Cherry Bakewell Cookies

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

275g/10oz Plain White Flour

1/4tsp Salt I use Maldon Salt

1 Large Egg Yolk – I always use free range

1tsp Vanilla Extract

100g/4oz Flaked Almonds

100g/4oz Glacé Cherries roughly chopped

For the drizzle

200g/7oz Icing Sugar

1tsp Almond Extract – available from Nielsen-Massey 

Tap water


Making the cookie dough:

In a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk until pale and creamy.

Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract (and the almond extract, if not making the drizzle). Whisk together until all the ingredients are combined.

Add the flaked almonds to one side of the bowl, then add the flour to the other side. Put the cherries on top of the flour and gently mix them in the flour with your fingers – this will stop the cherries sticking together and ensure they are distributed evenly throughout the cookie dough.

Cherry Bakewell Cookies

Mix all the ingredients together until they are thoroughly combined.

Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Yummy cookie dough!

Wipe the worktop with a clean damp cloth. Lay some cling film over the damp surface – it should stay in place.

Place half of the cookie dough onto the cling film and roll into a log shape approx 4cm/1.5″ diameter. Repeat with the other half of the cookie dough.

Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Cherry Bakewell Cookie dough log.

Place both cookie logs into the fridge to chill until firm – approx 1 hour.

Baking the cookies:

When the cookie logs are firm enough to slice, preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, gas mark 4, 350F

Remove the cookie logs from the fridge and slice into 1.5 cm discs.

Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Cherry Bakewell Cookies sliced and ready to bake.

I was testing this Large Baking Tray for British Bakeware however, I would advise lining any baking tray used with baking parchment.

Place the Cherry Bakewell Cookies onto the baking tray, allowing room between each cookie, as they do spread whilst baking.

Place into the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Do not bake for longer as the cookies will become too brittle once cooled.

As soon as the cookies are baked remove from the oven.

Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Cherry Bakewell Cookies allow to cool on the baking tray for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes cooling transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. I needed to use a palette knife to lift the cookies away from the tray. Lining with baking parchment will avoid scratching your trays.

When completely cooled the cookies are ready to be iced.

Icing the cookies:

First of all, place the icing sugar and almond extract into a bowl. Add tap water, a little at a time (I use a teaspoon to add the water), mixing thoroughly after each addition.

The icing is at the correct thickness when it can hold a figure of eight shape for a moment, when drizzled onto itself with a spoon.

Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Almond flavoured icing, ready for drizzling over the cookies.

You can drizzle the icing over the cookies with a spoon, or fill a disposable piping bag (or plastic freezer bag) with the icing. Snip the end (or corner of the bag), so that there is a small hole. Drizzle a pattern over each of the cookies.

Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Cherry Bakewell Cookies

Leave the icing to set on the cookies before storing in an airtight container.

Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Do you think you can stop at one?

Now invite some friends round for a cup of tea and a catch up and share these delicious Cherry Bakewell Cookies.

Alternatively pop some in a clear cellphone bag, tie with pretty ribbon and give away as gifts.

I am always hungrier when the weather turns cold. Are you?

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Cherry Bakewell Cookies you may also like these:

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Heart Cookies 

FF Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Heart Cookies

Bakewell Shortbread Bars

FF Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Bakewell Shortbread Bars

Extreme Chocolate Cookies 

FF Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Extreme Chocolate Cookies

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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20 thoughts on “Cherry Bakewell Cookies”

    1. Hi Debra, thanks for your comment. Having never frozen them I honestly don’t know. With my baking experience, I would suggest (using freezer grade cling film) freezing the cookie logs, at the chilling stage, for up to 3 months. Remove the frozen log from the freezer and defrost in the fridge overnight. Slice and bake as usual. Please let me know how you get on? I’m also going to test this method and will add it to the blog if successful. Sammie x

  1. Hi, could you make these with ground almonds instead of flaked? They sound amazing and whilst my husband loves the flavour of cherry bakewell, he isn’t fond of the texture of nuts!
    Thanks x

    1. Hi Louise, thanks for your comment. I’ve never tried the recipe with ground almonds, but I’m pretty sure it would work. The cookies will probably be slightly softer, but should taste the same. Please let me know how they turn out? Sammie x

  2. These biscuits are devine! I couldn’t save my husband eating them in one day. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you for your comment. These cookies are so easy to make and have been a hit with everyone who has tried them. I hope you enjoy your first Christmas Cookie Exchange.
    Also I have a recipe for an Iced Bakewell Tart here on the blog. Instead of icing the tart sprinkle over 25g/1oz of flaked almonds on to the sponge before baking. Then bake as per the recipe. The result is a delicious Bakewell Tart that is nowhere near as sweet as the iced version. X

  4. Dear Sammie, I’ve just signed up for a Christmas Cookie Exchange, and have only baked cookies from scratch a couple of times during my culinary life! I’m a ‘cooker’ more than a baker :D! However, I made a Bakewell Tart last year, using a recipe from The London Cookbook, and it was love at first bite! I’m excited to try your recipe, because I’m pretty sure that the American ladies I will be exchanging Christmas Cookies and their recipes with, will not have tried a Bakewell. I tried Mary Berry’s Bakewell Tart recipe (after watching several seasons of The Great British Baking Show!) but the icing didn’t turn out that great, and it made the tart way too sweet for my semi-sweet-lovin’ tastebuds. Can’t WAIT to taste these!

  5. All of these look so yummy, I want to make them all right now….but will have to wait until I can buy the flavored sugar….hoping we will get it soon….I will make the cherry one first….those would be so good with coffee….all of them would….but I would only make one at a time….
    Thanks for posting them Sammie…..

    1. Thank you for your comment. I’m a little confused as the recipe doesn’t require flavoured sugar, although I think you could be referring to the Almond Extract, which is available from Nielsen-Massey. I’m thrilled that you like the recipe. X

  6. Hi Donna, thank you so much for your kind comment.
    I’m beyond thrilled that you made this for your friend’s birthday. X

  7. Fantastic recipe & so easy, thanks for sharing!
    My friend doesn’t like cake & cant have chocolate & so for her birthday I can’t bake – however she loves cherries & cookies. I made this but as one huge cookie & wrote happy birthday with the icing topping. Amazing!

  8. Nicky I am so thrilled to have a recipe that can help. These cookies are very popular here in our house and with lots of our friends too. I wish your daughter all the best with her charity work. Xx

  9. Sammie darling you are an angel!
    I’m a Brit living in California and my daughter needs a sweet recipe for a charity organization she belongs to. I wanted to do something British and what could be more British than a cherry bakewell?! We will be doing these this weekend. The American girls will never have had anything like this before! Can’t wait to see the reaction!

  10. Oh, boy, do these look yummy! I love the combo of cherries and almond and that drizzle of frosting is perfect finishing touch!

  11. Love the pink! I first baked with glacé cherries over the holidays and they added such a fun pop-of-colour to my cookie trays. I wish I had your recipe then but I’ll have to pin it for next time! Did you use any of the juice in the recipe or were the cherries well-drained? This would be a sweet treat to make for someone special <3 for Valentine's Day! Thanks Sammie! They look delicious!

    1. Ah thanks hon. I’m not usually a ‘pink’ girlie, but it picked out the colour of the cherries beautifully in the photos. Glacé cherries over here are classed as a dried fruit and come in a tub, without juice. You could definitely substitute with maraschino cherries, but I would drain them well. Hasn’t thought of the Valentines connection – you super smart cookie! Sammie xx

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