White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread

cherry-shortbread-cookiesLet the holiday baking begin! I saw these beautiful cookies in Better Homes & Gardens and needed to make them. They’re pretty easy to make… Although, cutting in the butter is always a pain. They also taste amazing. 🙂

Ingredients

1/2 c Maraschino Cherries, drained and finely chopped
2 1/2 c All-Purpose Flour
1/2 c Sugar
1 c Butter, cold
12 oz White Chocolate Baking Squares w/ cocoa butter
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
2 drops Red Food Coloring (optional)
2 tsp Shortening
Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread cherries on paper towels to drain well.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut butter into dry mixture until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in drained cherries and 4 oz of chopped white chocolate. Stir in the almond extract and food coloring. Knead mixture until it forms a smooth ball.
  3. Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls. Place ball two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar. Flatten to 1 1/2 inch rounds.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven for 12 minutes. Cool for one minute on a cookie sheet and transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  5. In a small saucepan, combine remaining 8 oz of white chocolate and shortening. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Dip half of each cookie in chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Roll dipped edge in sprinkles. Place cookies on wax paper until chocolate is set.

-Sara