With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread

Thursday, December 15, 2011

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread

I am getting together with three of my dearest friends for a small Christmas Cookie Exchange.
Wanting to try a recipe I had in my file for a few years I finally made these pretty little cookies.
Though tiny in size they are BIG on flavor.
Each cookie measures just over 1.5-inches but could easily be made larger by rolling bigger balls.

White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread
Better Homes and Gardens Recipe

Yield: 60 cookies
Prep: 40 mins
Bake: 325°F 10 mins

Ingredients
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped (I used my little Oscar)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup cold butter
12 ounces white chocolate baking squares with cocoa butter, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 drops red food coloring (optional - I used more)
2 teaspoons shortening
White nonpareils and/or red edible glitter (optional)

Directions
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. Stir in drained cherries and 4 ounces (2/3 cup) of the chopped chocolate. Stir in almond extract and, if desired, food coloring. Knead mixture until it forms a smooth ball.

3.  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.

4.  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.

5.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. If desired, roll dipped edge in nonpareils and/or edible glitter. Place cookies on waxed paper until chocolate is set. Makes about 60.

Storage Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

NOTE:  I used the large end of a melon baller to measure out the dough before rolling.

Makes 60 cookies @87 Calories each


72 comments:

Mike Golch said...

sounds yummy!

Suzanne said...

Oh my do these look delicious! I was just on the net looking for something new to try and this may be it:-)

Maple Lane said...

Such a pretty and delicate cookies. They would also be sweet for Valentine's Day!

Flourchild said...

Wow they look incredible! Have a wonderful time with your friends! I love cookie exchanges!~

Marydon said...

Well, I know what I am BAKING this weekend! Can't pass up a cherry anything.
TY for sharing.

Merry Christmas
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

podso said...

you've stacked them so nicely. They would make a lovely gift! Looking good!

Snap said...

Two of my favorite things ... white chocolate and cherries! YUM!!!

Lady Farmer said...

Yummy! I must give these a try. They will spark up my cookie tray with their cheery color. Most of my cookies are dark 'cuz I make everything chocolate! Thank you for sharing the recipe!
:~P

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

They look so good! So pretty!

poppilinnstudios said...

What beautiful cookies! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
-Lynn

Dawn said...

They look GORGEOUS and YUMMY!!

Olga said...

They look so pretty. And sound so delicious (I love everything with cherries). Cookie exchange parties are fun!

ButterYum said...

Wow - your photos are sooooo good - best I've seen today!! Great cookies too. So very festive.

:)
ButterYum

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Oh boy, these sounds so delicious. I will have to try them. Pat

Maryann said...

Looks yummy and pretty too!

Annesphamily said...

Hi! I came over from Mike at Golch's Ramblings! He put up a post regarding my friend who is having a breast cancer setback! Stop by my blog too if you would like!
The cookies look delightfully delicious. Thank you for the share.
Hugs
Anne

Julie said...

Beautiful cookies. Love the angry birds hats too.

KB and Whitesnake said...

Looks sooooo good.

Jerri said...

Oh my goodness! These look amazing!

I'd love for you to come by and link up at my Friday Favorites party! Today is a special Holly Bloggy Christmas edition!

Maggie Ann said...

Your cookies look yummy and your Angry Bird hats are too cute! So is your little model...=). I made some necklaces tonight that I first saw on 'Pinterest'. Using 'metal washers' I think they are called. I'd better run down and see how they are doing. The glaze on the surface is supposed to dry & look like glass a bit. Nice visiting you!

Susan said...

Oh my gosh, LDH, those look divine. I'd like to try them. I'm going to a cookie exchange on Sunday.

Thanks!

I have the cocktail meatballs all made and frozen in plastic bags. First dinner party, they came out and were well received.

Take care, Susan

Ivy and Elephants said...

These look absolutely delicious! So colorful and festive for the season.
I've GOT to try these!
Thanks so much for linking up, we love partying with you!
Hugs,
Patti

MyFudo™ said...

I love the pinkish/reddish color. They look really pretty and yummy! I am gonna bake a batch and i am sure my momma will ask me to make another one so she can give some to her friends. She cannot work as much in the kitchen now that she is getting older. Thanks for sharing. Your pictures are pretty too!

Purabi Naha said...

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lindsey said...

I have just printed off this recipe....they look delicious!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Merry Christmas Lorraine. I love your new blog look. It's so pretty and these cookies look so, so good!! I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season with those beautiful daughters and sweet grandbabies.

Hugs and love,
Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are so beautiful and I bet you could use some green Maraschino cherries as well. Not only do they look lovely, they sound marvelous as well...yum!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

What delicious looking cookies, LDH. I think the color is perfectly divine and these sure stack up nicely too. I hope your cookie exchange was lots of fun too. Merry, merry Christmas!

Beth Michelle said...

These cookies are just beautiful! The red cherries are just perfect for Christmas! I am a sucker for maraschino cherries, so I would just LOVE these.

The Fajdich Times said...

Wow.....your photos are beautiful! Sounds like a very yummy recipe:)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

They are such beautiful bites! So pretty for Christmas.

Petra said...

Oooh, that looks so good!!

Abigail-Madison Chase said...

These look soo pretty and delicious to eat

Jo-Lyn's Cup Cakes N' Candies said...

ohmygosh, those are so pretty!!

Petra said...

Thank you for linking, Lorraine! The linky has been spammed, so I had to close it. I added yours in manually. Thank you again! Blessings!!

Dayle said...

Yummy!! They not only sound great, they look great!

Janice said...

Maraschino cherries! Wow, I love them and such pretty little cookies.

Janice said...

Maraschino cherries! Wow, I love them and such pretty little cookies.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and your lovely compliments! Your blog is beautiful--the photography is breathtaking. I am your newest follower!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Oh my, do those look gooooood.

Kathleen said...

They look very pretty, L! I hope you are enjoying the season. Very mild this year, better to get the shopping done without bad weather!

Janet Macy said...

I love those cherries. I can eat a jar all by myself. This sounds like a wonderful recipe.

I'm saving it for someday when I'm not working a lot and have a little more time.

Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! They look very lecker!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Markus

Ann said...

they sound yummy and they look so pretty.

Tracy Suzanne said...

Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comments about my garland. It was fun to make and I hope to make a wreath with that design too.

Have a blessed weekend...
Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

Buttercup said...

So pretty and I know they taste good. Still thinking of your yummy biscotti.

Julie Harward said...

A beautiful cookie indeed! A fun one to make too and just perfect for Christmas! Have a wonderful Christmas my sweet friend. :D

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Looks so good! I love shortbread more than anything!

Deana@CountryMommaCooks said...

These look amazing...great photos too...love your site just joined....

Jennelise said...

These look wonderful and I love the way you have packaged them with a ribbon! So pretty! :)
Jennelise

Screaming Sardine said...

They look as yummy as they are lovely!

Pinning on pinterest. :)

Cheers,
Tracy Screaming Sardine

Pondside said...

The printer is printing as I type my comment. This looks like a very tasty and pretty cookie - just the thing to take as a gift on Christmas day. Thank you!

Cristina said...

I was just writing "this week on food blogs" when I noticed a recipe about shortbread cookies. Hmm, not a very familiar thing in Romanian cuisine, I told myself and carried on. And then I opened foodgawker and this recipe of yours was the first one on the page. 'tis a sign! And I included it among the "local" food blogs. Thank you :)

Kim McCallie said...

These cookies are gorgeous! I love the contrast of pink and white. They would be a big hit at any cookie exchange. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/12/sweet-indulgences-sunday-35.html

Debbie said...

These cookies look so delicious but also so pretty. I just had to 'pin' them on Pinterest with a link back to you.

Merry Christmas!

Blessings and love,
Debbie

thegreendragonfly said...

Yum, I cant believe how good these sound a look!!!!

Chrissy said...

Oh!! I made these yesterday! They taste just as good as they look!! I am adding them into my yearly Christmas cookie's that I made! :)

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Sooo yummy! Thanks for sharing, I'd love it now for the grands. Merry Christmas. FABBY

meijo's JOY said...

So lovely - absolutely pinning this

Cindy said...

Yours look so much prettier than mine! Beautiful and great photos!

Honey at 2805 said...

Oh how fabulous!

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday! May you have a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!

Ellen said...

These look so yummy, and they would be a big hit as a gift. A better gift to take to a shut in and have tea with them.
Merry Christmas
Ellen

My San Francisco Kitchen Baking Blog said...

Wow these are a great gift. Where do you get your cookie wrapping materials? All of your wrapped goods look so nice!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Those look way to lovely to eat! xoxo, tracie

Tanya@takesix said...

Beautiful cookies. They look so good. Wishing you a blessed CHRISTmas!

very merry vintage style said...

These look yummy and your photography is fabulous! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday! Have a wonderful Christmas!
Mary

jerri said...

I made these last weekend and they are really good! A "keeper" recipe. The only thing I added was 2 T. of the maraschino cherry juice to up the cherry flavor. This tip was courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Jerri said...

Thanks for linking up with me last week for Friday Favorites! I'm featuring you this week! Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like one!

Happy in red said...

Oh this recipe sounds devine! I hope I can find my USA measuring cup when I try this ;-)
Esther.

FoodEpix said...

Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com.

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