Combine butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon until combined but not too creamy. Stir in dried cherries or candied orange peels. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.Advertisement
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll out dough and cut into rectangles; place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze cookies for 15 minutes before baking. Bake until pale and golden, about 20 minutes; let cool on a wire rack.