This is probably the recipe I get asked for the most. These cookies are delicious, and they look nice, too!
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped pistachios or almonds
6 drops green food coloring
1-2 T cocoa powder
2 T finely chopped maraschino cherries, drained
Mix butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg. Stir in flour and salt. Divide dough into 3 equal parts.
Mix nuts and food coloring into one part; mix cocoa into one part; mix cherries into remaining part.
Line bottom and ends of loaf pan with aluminum foil, allowing ends of foil to extend 5 inches over each end of pan. Press nut dough evenly and firmly into bottom of pan.
Press chocolate dough on top of nut dough.
Finally, press cherry dough on top of chocolate dough.
Cover dough with extended ends of foil. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, but no longer than 6 weeks.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove foil from dough. Cut dough crosswise into 1/4 inch slices.
Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake cookies until set, about 10 minutes. Immediately remove from cookie sheet.