Preheat oven to 350F. Cream together sugar and butter; beat in egg, yolks and vanilla. Add flour; mix thoroughly. Stir in cherries. Divide dough in half and place dough on sheets of waxed or parchment paper. Using paper and your hands, carefully shape into two rolls, 1-inch by 12-inches. Wrap in freezer wrap. Place rolls on cookie sheet and freeze until ready to bake. Peel paper off cookie rolls. Slice cookies into ¼-inch slices and place on cookie sheet. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
May also add 1 cup chopped toasted nuts to dough if desired.