Vanilla Bean and Cherry Swirled Icebox Cookies

Cherry and Vanilla Bean swirled Icebox cookies

These cookies have an amazing depth of flavor AND a chewy texture.

However, don’t let that fool you on their taste. I used a homemade vanilla sugar to add some deep vanilla flavor. You could just add some bean, or paste to the cookies, but I like to make vanilla sugar and keep it in  mason jars in my pantry.

I use it often, and just replace the sugar and not the beans. Every 5-6 uses I remove the beans and add fresh ones.

Cherry and Vanilla Bean swirled Icebox cookies

One of the best things about these cookies is you store them in the freezer wrapped in parchement or wax paper.

Then you slice and bake. Perfect to keep extra rolls stocked up for guests or a fun easy weeknight dessert. I like to make extra batches of these and store them just for that reason!

Yield: 4 dozen

Vanilla Bean and Cherry Swirled Icebox Cookies


  • 2 cup flour, plus 2 Tbsp flour, divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cup vanilla sugar (see recipe)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice (from jar of cocktail cherries)
  • 1/4 cup sugar sprinkles


  1. In mixer, beat butter with vanilla sugar until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add egg whites.
  2. In separate bowl, mix 2 cup flour with baking soda and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture. Divide dough in half. To one half, beat in vanilla extract. To other half, beat in cherry juice with remaining 2 Tbsp flour.
  3. Lay vanilla dough on large sheet of parchment paper. Shape into a 6 inch log. Using a second piece of parchment paper on top, roll to form a 12 inch square. Freeze for about 15 minutes. Repeat with cherry dough.
  4. Remove dough from freezer (no longer than 15-30 minutes). Remove parchment paper and lay dough on top of each other. Roll combined dough into one log, re-wrap in parchment paper and freeze for at least 3 hours or until ready to slice and bake.
  5. When ready to bake, pour sprinkles on a baking sheet. Unwrap frozen dough and roll in sprinkles. Slice dough about 1/4 inch thick. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 7-9 minutes.


**note** If you don't have vanilla sugar, scrape one vanilla bean into your granulated sugar and continue the recipe as written. **note squared** Another great tip to rolling these out would be to press one layer into the bottom of a wax paper lined 13x9 freezer safe dish. Press the second layer on top. Freeze for 15 minutes, remove and roll. Return to freezer until ready to use.

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Posted on January 9, 2012

Comments & Reviews

  1. Did you use 2 egg whites instead of a whole egg, or is there a reason not to use the yolk in these cookies? Thx! (BTW – they sound so yummy!)

  2. I went one step further, and mashed up 2 cherries into a paste, then added that to the cherry juice dough. WOW! really punched it up a notch in flavor, and the tiny bits of red looked so cute

  3. Love this! We are hosting our first Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party this Friday (the 10th) and would love for you to share this! Feel free to stop by and grab a party button! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/

  4. We made the cookies last night! What a sweet treat! The beautiful pink swirl …. gets us in the mood for Valentine’s Day! A really yummy cookie! thanks for sharing!

  5. I can’t wait to try these! I’m going crazy for the flavors and those sprinkles! It’s taking me back to a cookie from my childhood!

    Featuring your recipe on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” tomorrow!


  6. I love the sprinkles!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured you post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/valentines-day-ideas/

    Have a great weekend!

  7. How cute, these are perfect for valentines day 🙂 Thanks for the idea! Your blog is great. Hope to see you around.

  8. these look amazing!
    you should join me for handmade 52! http://raisingoranges.blogspot.com/2012/01/handmade-52-2.html

  9. I love the look of these cookies, and I noticed the swirl right away, before I even read your post:) Hooray for Valentine’s Day treats!

  10. They look delicious and beautiful! My link party The Inspiration Board is open and I would be so happy if you linked this up. I know my readers would love it.
    carolyn – homework

  11. These are so perfect for a girly baby shower I am throwing in a few weeks!!! I cant wait to make them…and eat them 🙂

  12. These look wonderful! I love that you added cherry juice! There so pretty and perfect for Valentines! These will be on my weekend to do list!

  13. This is amazing!! I am a new follower! Found you on Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, hope you have a great week!

  14. very pretty I bet they would be great for mardi gras as well or any good time to celebrate come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  15. everything about this post..I want:

    vday and not too early..ok, good b/c I have pink food sitting in my drafts posts b/c I didnt wanna jump the gun.

    love that these are a make ahead/freezer log.

    And the vanilla sugar and tips…awesome!!

  16. These are adorable! I love the pink sprinkles & even the way you tied them together with a little string. Vanilla & cherry swirled sounds pretty fantastic, yum!

  17. These look beautiful! And I’ve been thinking about making vanilla sugar, but had some lingering questions– which you answered!!!! Thanks 🙂

  18. Very pretty. And I totally agree that it’s not too early, mostly because I have been wondering the same thing! Guess I should go ahead and start baking 😉

  19. What a great presentation. They look so delicious. Come visit us today. We have the best crockpot chicken recipe on the menu!

  20. Definitely not too early to start sharing the pink glittery stuff:-) I love the faint swirl too…looks like the perfect cup of coffee cookie!!!

  21. These are beautiful!!! My kids and hubby would be thrilled with these…I think any sugar cookie comes in a close second to their beloved chocolate chip cookies!

  22. Thanks Julie! As a side note, you really need to add your email to your profile and allow people to reply to your comments. I think I have written you a dozen replies that I later realized were to cyberspace because you don’t have email 🙂

  23. How creative! I really love the idea of sprinkles on the side instead of on top! I was afraid of starting valentine’s day treats were too early..so I didn’t this weekend but according to your poll, it isn’t — so I might just start tonight! 🙂

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