Shortbread Sandwiches with Fudge Sauce

These tender shortbread cookie sandwiches feature a creamy vanilla filling and rich hot fudge topping.

Shortbread Sandwiches with Fudge Sauce
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
60 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Cool Time:
60 mins
Total Time:
60 mins
18 sandwiches


  • ½ cup dried tart cherries and/or dried cranberries

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ cup cold unsalted butter, cut in 1/2-inch pieces

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • 3 ounce cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup powdered sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 Fudge Sauce, recipe below

  • Snipped dried tart cherries and/or dried cranberries

Fudge Sauce

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • 3 tablespoon light corn syrup

  • 4 ounce chopped semisweet chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In bowl combine cherries and/or cranberries and crushed red pepper, if desired; cover with boiling water. Let stand 10 minutes; drain.

  2. In food processor bowl combine flour, granulated sugar, cornstarch, salt, and baking powder. Add butter and soaked cherries and/or cranberries. Pulse until dough begins to clump together. Remove from processor. Gather dough and press in free-form square. Roll between two sheets parchment paper to 12x9-inch rectangle. With knife, cut thirty-six 3x1-inch pieces (do not separate). Slide parchment onto baking sheet and remove top parchment.

  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven. Cool on wire rack.

  4. For whipped filling, in bowl combine whipping cream, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat with electric mixer on high until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  5. To assemble, spread flat side of 18 rectangles with scant tablespoon of whipped filling. Top with remaining shortbread, flat side down.

  6. Serve with Fudge Sauce. Sprinkle additional cherries and/or cranberries. Makes 18 sandwiches.

Fudge Sauce

  1. In saucepan combine whipping cream and corn syrup. Cook over medium-high heat until hot. Remove from heat; stir in semisweet chocolate until melted. Let cool until thick, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

259 Calories
16g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 259
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 82mg 2%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.