White-chocolate Cherry Shortbread Recipe

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White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread

Annelise Friedman

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@Annelise_Friedman

Perfect festive recipe for the holiday cookie exchange!

Rating:
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Serves:
55
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
25 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

1/2 c
maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped
2 1/2 c
flour
1/2 c
sugar
1 c
cold butter
12 oz
white chocolate baking squares, finely chopped
1/2 tsp
almond extract
2 tsp
shortening

OPTIONAL

2 dash(es)
red food coloring (optional)
white nonpareils and/or red edible glitter

Step-By-Step

1Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spread cherries on paper towels to drain well.
2In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
3Stir in drained cherries and 4 ounces (2/3 cup) of the chopped chocolate. Stir in almond extract and, if desired, food coloring.
4Knead mixture until it forms a smooth ball.
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.
5Bake 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.
6In 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.
7If desired, roll dipped edge in nonpareils and/or edible glitter. Place cookies on parchment or waxed paper until chocolate is set.

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