DESSERT

Christmas Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies

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🎄Christmas Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies 🍒

Presentation & Short Story: These delightful Christmas Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies are like a festive hug for your taste buds! Picture this: a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread infused with the sweetness of maraschino cherries and the indulgence of chocolate chips. Each bite transports you to a cozy holiday scene, where laughter fills the air and the scent of freshly baked treats lingers. Whether you’re gifting them to loved ones or indulging in a quiet moment with a cup of cocoa, these cookies are sure to spark joy and spread Christmas cheer!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup maraschino cherries, chopped (spread cherries on paper towel to drain well or you can use dried maraschino cherries)
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Mix flour and salt, then set aside.
  2. Cream 1 cup unsalted softened butter with 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and mix in vanilla.
  3. Add the flour and salt mixture and mix until it starts forming larger clumps.
  4. Mix in chocolate chips and maraschino cherries.
  5. Form the dough into a log and press it well (the log should be about 2 inches thick). Wrap it in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Cut the log into 1/4 or 1/3 inch thick slices (if the slices crumble, press them back together with your hands) and place them onto the baking sheet with one inch of space between.
  8. Bake the cookies for 10–15 minutes (until they just start to turn lightly golden brown on top).
  9. Let them cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

Notes:

  • Ensure the maraschino cherries are well-drained to prevent excess moisture in the dough.
  • Press the dough firmly when forming the log to prevent crumbling when slicing.
  • Adjust baking time according to your oven’s temperature for the perfect golden-brown finish.
  • Enjoy these cookies as a delightful treat or package them up for a heartfelt homemade gift! 🎁

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