Gluten Free Cherry Tassies Recipe

Gluten Free Cherry Tassies Recipe

This is truly a magical time of the year. Religions around the world and across the boards celebrate miracles, a spirit of giving pervades, people are kinder somehow and then, of course, there are cookies – lots and lots of cookies!

Another tassie recipe you ask? Yes, as I mentioned in my previous post, I just love tassies. Cookies that look like mini tarts, tassies are not only pretty but are also simple to make. And while it would be considered very bad form to shove a whole tart in your mouth, it is perfectly acceptable with a tassie!

These gluten free cherry tassies are sweet looking cookies that just scream holidays to me – a rich, flaky cookie crust encasing a bight red maraschino cherry with a sweet dab of filling. In fact if you can find green maraschino cherries (which sadly I could not) you can do a mix of both red and green and you have Christmas right there on a plate of cookies.

So I think we have established tassies of all sorts are a favorite of mine, what’s your favorite cookie?

Gluten Free Cherry Tassies Recipe

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Gluten Free Cherry Tassies Recipe
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Gluten Free Cherry Tassies Recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 48 maraschino cherries with stems (approximately two 10-ounce jars) drained with 2 tablespoons juice reserved
  • 1 cup superfine white rice flour*
  • 1/3 cup superfine sweet rice flour*
  • 1/3 cup millet flour*
  • 1/3 cup potato starch (not potato flour)*
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum*
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 ounces cream cheese , at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt – use divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter , melted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg , lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly spray 48 mini muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray. Pat the maraschino cherries dry with paper towels.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flours, starches and xanthan gum. If using an all purpose gluten free flour in place of the flours and starches, omit this step.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the 1 cup of butter and cream cheese and process until blended. Add the flour mixture or all purpose gluten free flour blend and 1/8 teaspoon salt to the processor and blend until mixed. Do not over process. Using a small ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop out about 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie and roll into balls. Place the balls into the prepared muffin tins. Using your thumb or the end of a French rolling pin, make an indentation in each ball.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 tablespoons reserved maraschino cherry juice, the 1 tablespoon melted butter, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Put about ¾ teaspoon of the mixture into each dough ball indentation. Place a maraschino cherry in each cookie with the stems up.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned and the filling is set. Let cool in the pans for 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.


* Note - 2 cups of a good quality all purpose gluten free four blend can be substituted for the flours, starches and xanthan gum.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Cherry Tassies Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 28mg1%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Jenn
    December 9, 2010

    These are a adorable!! How festive!

  2. Jeanine
    December 9, 2010

    Absolutely beautiful, Carol! I was just thinking "red AND green cherries" when I read your comment about not being able to find them. That's a shame, they would be beautiful together. Not like this isn't already. And to think…I didn't even know what a Tassie was before you mentioned it. I just called them "mini tarts". :)I love a white chocolate & cranberry cookie with brandy flavouring at this time of year. One of my favorites (and so glad I could make them GF too, phew!)

  3. The InTolerant Chef
    December 10, 2010

    I have never seen these before but they are the cutest things! I might add them to my canape function menus. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Deanna
    December 10, 2010

    Wow – these are completely adorable!

  5. Carla
    December 10, 2010

    What a great holiday presentation! Great idea! Thanks for sharing during this busy time of year. Happy holidays to you!

  6. Helene
    December 11, 2010

    They turned out really nice and they look elegant.

  7. Jun
    December 21, 2010

    It's so pretty & cute!!!

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