Introduction: 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.

Step 4: Hide the Cherry in the Dough

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Here's what I did:
  1. Using your cookie scoop, scoop out dough and level off using the side of the bowl.
  2. Stick your thumb into the center of the scoop of leveled dough.
  3. Put a cherry inside the thumb print and gently press down.
  4. Using the dough that's collected on the sides, cover the top of the cherry.
  5. Push the lever to scoop the cookie out of the scoop.
  6. Round out dough using your hands.

I know, it's looks intimidating, but it's really not and the entire 6-step process will take out about 30 seconds to complete! I included pictures showing each step  too.

Step 5: Shape 'em & Bake 'em

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After you've shaped all the cookies, bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees, until the very bottom of the cookies begin to lightly brown.

Remove from the oven and let them sit for a few minutes to cool down on the pan. Shortbread cookies are soft and fragile even after baking, so if you try to move them too soon, they might crack or fall apart. I whipped up the icing while they cooled.

Step 6: Icing Makes EVERYTHING Better

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Cherry icing: Whisk together: 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 TBSP butter {melted}, and 1 TBSP maraschino cherry juice.

Put a plastic baggie in a cup, then scrape icing into the baggie. Cut a small piece off the corner and you're ready to ice the cookies!

Step 7: Voila! ENJOY Them!

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These cookies keep well too- they're great gifts for Valentines Day!

Comments

kiwisaft made it! (author)2016-11-23

well... they even taste bad

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