white-chocolate cherry shortbread

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By Annelise Friedman
from Las Vegas, NV

Perfect festive recipe for the holiday cookie exchange!

serves 55
prep time 10 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For white-chocolate cherry shortbread

  • 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
    red food coloring (optional)
  • white nonpareils and/or red edible glitter
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How To Make white-chocolate cherry shortbread

  • 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.
  • 3
    Stir in drained cherries and 4 ounces (2/3 cup) of the chopped chocolate. Stir in almond extract and, if desired, food coloring.
  • 4
    Knead 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.
  • 5
    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.
  • 6
    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.
  • 7
    If 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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