White Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread

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A basic shortbread recipe requires nothing more than butter, flour, and sugar. This version of the classic cookie recipe is dressed up with the addition of maraschino cherries and a dip in melted white chocolate.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
10 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
60 cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 cup cold butter

  • 12 ounce white chocolate baking squares with cocoa butter, finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 drops red food coloring (optional)

  • 2 teaspoon shortening

  • White nonpareils and/or red edible glitter (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spread cherries on paper towels to drain well.

  2. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in drained cherries and 4 ounces (2/3 cup) of the chopped chocolate. Stir in almond extract and, if desired, food coloring. Knead until smooth and form into a ball (dough will be crumbly at first, but will come together as you work the dough with your hands).

  3. Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar, flatten balls to 1-1/2-inch rounds.

  4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are set. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

  5. In a small saucepan, combine remaining 8 ounces white chocolate and the shortening. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Dip half of each cookie into chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. If desired, roll dipped edge in nonpareils and/or edible glitter. Place cookies on parchment or waxed paper until chocolate is set.

    White Chocolate and Cherry Shortbread in white dish
    Peter Krumhardt

To Store:

Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Blogger Variation by Michael Wurm Jr. of Inspired By Charm

For Michael's version, replace maraschino cherries with equal amount brandy soaked cherries, replace almond extract with equal amount vanilla extract, and use semisweet chocolate instead of white chocolate in the cookie and coating.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

87 Calories
5g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 87
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.2mg 1%

*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.

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