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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!

Cherry Almond Thins

So far these delicious little Cherry Almond Thins have been the favorite of all the Christmas cookies baked this week. They are just the right amount of chewy and sweet. Please note that they are quite thin so if your oven is temperamental, you need to keep a really close eye on these to make sure they don't overcook. Enjoy!

Cherry Almond Thins
Makes about 6 dozen

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large container (16 oz) red candied cherries, half finely chopped and the rest cut in half for garnish

1. In large bowl, beat sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. On low speed, beat in flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in cherries.

2. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a roll, about 8 inches long and 2 inches in diameter. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.

3. Heat oven to 375°F. Cut rolls into 1/8-inch slices. On ungreased cookie sheets, place slices 2 inches apart. Top each cookie with a cherry half. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.

Adapted from Betty Crocker


  1. These are Cherry Almond cookies and there is no mention of nuts in the list of the ingred. Then it says in instructions to add cherries and walnuts. Little cofused on the cherries. Should it be 2 16 oz or half chopped and other half cut in half of the 16 oz one

    1. Sorry for the confusion. I'll update the recipe to fix this. I omitted the nuts but mistakenly left the mention of nuts in the directions.

      For the cherries, it should simply say half chopped, half cut in half.


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