Bon Bon Cookies Recipe

Bon Bon Cookies are a wonderful candy-like cookie.  Some people will call these candy – but candy or cookie they are a wonderful holiday treat!  These cookies have always been a holiday favorite of mine – especially during Christmas.

Bon Bon Cookies in takeaway cartons with giftwrap

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Bon Bon Cookies Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bon Bon Cookies Recipe
Servings: 24 cookies
Bon Bon Cookies:
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar), sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Food coloring (if desired)
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cream (optional)
  • Fillings (see ideas below)
Bon Bon Icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar), sifted
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Food coloring (red, green, or yellow), if desired
Bon Bon Cookies Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and food coloring thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting.  Blend in flour and salt.  Note: If dough is too dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons cream.

  3. To mold each cookie, wrap 1 level tablespoonful of dough around a Filling Suggestion below (your choice).  Place each cookie 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets and bake approximately 12 to 15 minutes or until set but not brown.  Remove from oven, carefully remove from cookie sheet, and let slightly cool on wire cooling racks (when warm the cookies are delicate).

  4. Prepare Bon Bon Icing.

  5. When the cookies are cooled but still warm, dip tops of each cookie in the Bon Bon Icing.  Decorate each cookie with one of the toppings suggested above.

  6. Makes about 24 cookies.

  7. Chocolate Bonbons:  Make Bonbon Cookies except blend in 1 square (1-ounce) unsweetened chocolate, melted.

    Penuche Bonbons:
      Make Bonbon Cookies except use 1/2 cup firmly-packed brown sugar in place of confectioner’s sugar.

Bon Bon Icing Instructions:
  1. In a bowl, mix together powdered sugar, cream, vanilla extract, and food coloring (if desired).

  2. Icing Variation:
    Chocolate Bonbon Icing - Make Bon Bon Icing except add 1 square unsweetened chocolate (1 ounce), melted, and use 3 tablespoons cream.

Recipe Notes

Fillings Suggestions:
Candied or Maraschino Cherries
Pitted dates
Chocolate Pieces



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Source: 1960’s Betty Crocker Cookbook. The photo is from the Betty Crocker website


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