White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

I've always loved shortbread cookies. These are buttery with cherries and a hint of white chocolate.

I’ve always loved shortbread cookies. These are buttery with cherries and a hint of white chocolate.

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

20 Servings - Servings Size: 3 Cookies

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

I've always loved shortbread cookies. These are buttery with cherries and a hint of white chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 12 ounces white chocolate baking squares with cocoa butter, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • candy sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Spread cherries on paper towels to drain well.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar.
  4. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  5. Stir in drained cherries and 4 ounces (2/3 cup) of the chopped chocolate.
  6. Stir in almond extract and and food coloring.
  7. Knead mixture until it forms a smooth ball.
  8. Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut with cookie cutter of choice.
  9. Place cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are set and edges just start to brown.
  11. Cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheet.
  12. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.
  13. In a small saucepan, combine remaining 8 ounces white chocolate and the shortening.
  14. Cook and stir over low heat until melted.
  15. Dip half of each cookie into chocolate, allowing excess to drip off.
  16. If desired, sprinkle candy on dipped edge.
  17. Place cookies on waxed paper until chocolate is set.
http://www.thehungryhoarder.com/2012/12/17/white-chocolate-cherry-shortbread-cookies/

Recipe slightly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

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