Dec 8, 2016

Melt In Your Mouth Cherry Shortbread Cookies

What pretty little cherry gems these cookies are. Not only are they adorable, they taste fantastic. This is a simple dough but it creates a tender, melt in your mouth cherry shortbread. Gorgeous and they are great for a holiday cookie tray.

I recommend keeping these cookies small (one teaspoon of dough) as directed in the recipe.

So festive. Enjoy!

Melt In Your Mouth Cherry Shortbread Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen
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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 3/4 cup butter
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Cream butter and powdered sugar together. Add the cornstarch and flour and mix well. Stir in the chopped cherries. Chill the dough for one hour. After chilling, drop teaspoonfuls of the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  3. Bake until the edges are lightly golden, about 11 to 13 minutes. Be careful not to overbake.
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  1. These are perfect!! And, I love how simple the recipe is!

  2. can these be made w/out the cherries???? some holiday gift recipients may not appreciate the fruit, as in school, work, etc.

    1. I haven't tried it so I can't say how they'd taste. They'd be missing a whole lot of the sweetness without cherries. If you don't want cherries I'd recommend trying a different recipe, since I can't vouch for how this would be without the cherries.

  3. Yummmmmm! You are killing it with the cherry cookies this year!

    1. Thanks Carlee :) Hope you had a great weekend!

    2. Thanks Carlee :) Hope you had a great weekend!

  4. Beautiful and festive cherry shortbread Christmas cookies, Ali! Pinned them to my Christmas Cookies board at Pinterest. :) Thanks for sharing!