Holiday Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Title: Holiday Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips or chunks (optional, for drizzling or dipping)
  • Festive colored sprinkles for decoration (optional)


  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C) and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar:
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add Extracts:
    • Add the vanilla extract and almond extract to the butter-sugar mixture. Mix until well combined.
  4. Incorporate Dry Ingredients:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  5. Fold in Cherries:
    • Gently fold in the finely chopped maraschino cherries until evenly distributed throughout the cookie dough.
  6. Shape Cookies:
    • Scoop out tablespoons of dough and shape them into balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly golden. Be careful not to overbake; shortbread cookies should remain tender.
  8. Cool:
    • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Optional Chocolate Drizzle:
    • Melt white chocolate chips or chunks in a microwave-safe bowl at 20-second intervals, stirring between each interval until smooth. Drizzle or dip the cooled cookies in the melted chocolate.
  10. Decorate:
    • While the chocolate is still soft, add festive colored sprinkles on top for a holiday touch.

Time and Intensity:

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Baking Time: 12-15 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 35 minutes
  • Intensity: Moderate

Note: These Holiday Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies are a delightful addition to your holiday cookie platter. The combination of buttery shortbread and sweet cherries with optional white chocolate drizzle makes them a festive treat that everyone will enjoy. Store in an airtight container for freshness.

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