AMAZING Cherry Shortbread Cookies

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I found a great recipe for shortbread recently and I knew I wanted to jazz it up a bit and create a delicious cookie for Valentines day. We don't really go all out for Valentines around our house, but it's fun to make something a little different!

This cookie recipe has only 5 ingredients and it's quite easy to make. They really are melt-in-your-mouth delicious too.  Adding the cherries really takes them to a new level. Although if you just want to make the shortbread, I've included easy instructions on shaping it without the cherries as well.

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Step 1: Ingredients

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  • 1 cup butter, softened {2 cubes}
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries, plus 1 TBSP liquid from jar

Assemble Ingredients and lay cherries out on a paper towel to absorb the moisture.

Step 2: Whip the Butter

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place softened butter in a mixing bowl. You'll need to whip using a whisk for about 5 minutes. I use a Kitchenaid mixer to whip the butter, but you can also use a hand mixer. {The butter is whipped adequately when it looks more like whipped cream- see picture.}

While the butter is whipping, lay about 20-25 maraschino cherries out on a napkin to dry. I gently pressed another napkin on top to absorb additional moisture.

Step 3: Combine Remaining Ingredients- except the cherry!

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After about 5 minutes, add sugar, almond flavor, cornstarch and flour to butter and whisk to combine. Beat on high for 3-4 additional minutes.

Now you're ready to create the individual cookies with a cherry hidden inside! A 1 TBSP cookie scoop makes this process very easy. Shortbread dough is very soft and buttery, so it's actually pretty difficult to shape by itself.