Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Cherry Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

We've made these cookies many times but not in a long time. I'm not sure why because we really like charry and chocolate together. We also like that this recipe used dried cherries, not maraschino cherries. I can't remember the recipe source, but I think I cut it out from an ad for one of the ingredients like the M&M Shortbread Cookies we bake.

These are easy to make. The hardest/most time consuming part is chopping the dried cherries. Also chopping the chocolate, but we "cheated" and used regular chocolate chips.
The dough was pretty crumbly and SP had to use his hands to get it smoothly smushed together before adding the cherries & chocolate. These are just as delicious as we remember. Chewy bits of dried cherry and chunks of chocolate - yum!

Cherry Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried cherries
  • 1 ounce bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup) 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 

Drizzle :

  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Our Notes:

  • We use chocolate chips.
  • We don't dip a glass in sugar, we just flatten.
  • We do not do drizzle chocolate on top. We found that it just flaked off when we bit into the cookie.

Mix butter, sugar and almond extract thoroughly using an electric mixer. Gradually blend in flour and corn starch. Add cherries and chocolate. Form into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Pour sugar on a small plate; dip bottom of drinking glass in sugar and gently press down on each cookie to flatten. Bake in a preheated 300 degrees F oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until bottoms begin to brown. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

For drizzle: Place 2 ounces chocolate and shortening in a small resealable plastic bag. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds, until chocolate is melted. Snip off corner and drizzle over cookies.


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