Cherry Shortbread Cookies

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5 from 5 votes
Cherry Shortbread Cookies are a classic buttery decadent cookie that will melt in your mouth. They are a tempting addition to any table.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Cherry Shortbread Cookies on a round wicker dish.

Cherry Shortbread Cookies are a classic buttery decadent cookie that will melt in your mouth. They are a tempting addition to any table.

Cherry Shortbread Cookies on a round wicker dish.

This cherry shortbread cookies are some of the best tasting cookies you can eat. They are rich, crisp and buttery. They have been around since the 12th century and have been going strong. To find out more here.


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To make this recipe great, you have to use the best quality ingredients that you can find. They are simple and therefore require the best for a great flavor.

  • 30 Minutes: They come together quick and are so easy.
  • Easy Ingredients:Only 5 ingredient, that we all have in our kitchen.
  • Family Friendly: These cookies are such a staple cookie. A true family favorite.
  • Gift: Such an impressive hostess gift our wonderful for cookie trays or exchanges.
Cherry Shortbread with a red napkin.

What You Need to Make Cherry Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

Equipment

How to Make Shortbread Cookies with Cherries – Step by Step

  • Prep: First, preheat oven to 350F. and then line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.
  • Mix: Second, in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla extract and then slowly beat in the flour until just incorporated.
  • Scoop: Next, use a cookie scoop to portion out the dough on the prepared cookie sheets, about 1″ apart and then use an inverted teaspoon to press down on the cookies, flattening them and making a small dip in the center of each cookie.
  • Cherry: Then press a maraschino cherry securely into the indent on each shortbread and next bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • Cool: Finally, cool on the cookie sheet for about 15 minutes.

Common Questions About Cherry Shortbread Cookies

HOW DO I STORE CHERRY SHORTBREAD?

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature for optimum freshness.

WHY ARE MY SHORTBREAD HARD?

There are a few reasons that this can happen. For Example:
> The butter is melted, never let your butter get so soft it is melted, it will absorb too fast.
>Overmixing. If you overmix your dough your cookie will be tough.
>Over bake. Shortbread should be that white look, just barely golden.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE FROZEN?

Indeed, they can be frozen in the dough form or cooked cookies for up to three months.

RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Of course, you can make this cookie batter ahead of time and cook when you are ready, overnight is ideal. However, keep it wrapped well.

Stack of three cherry shortbread cookies.

Expert Tips for Making Cherry Shortbread

  • Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into batches.
  • Chill: Chill your dough so that it holds it shape well.
  • Unsalted Butter: Use unsalted butter and add just a pinch to the recipe.
  • Cook Tip: Try cooking the cookies low and slow around 200 degrees for that light color you desire.
  • Variation tip: Add a little rice flour to the recipe to make that sandy texture.
  • Alternate ingredient: Replace the vanilla extract with the almond extract, it goes so well with the cherry flavor.
  • Ice: Drizzle a little icing on top of the shortbread.

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Cherry Shortbread Cookies on a round wicker dish.

Cherry Shortbread Cookies

5 from 5 votes
Cherry Shortbread Cookies are a classic buttery decadent cookie that will melt in your mouth. They are a tempting addition to any table.
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 40 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Butter softened
  • 3/4 cup White Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 35-40 Maraschino Cherries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla extract and then slowly beat in the flour until just incorporated.
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out the dough on the prepared cookie sheets, about 1″ apart.
  • Use an inverted teaspoon to press down on the cookies, flattening them and making a small dip in the center of each cookie.
  • Press a maraschino cherry securely into the indent on each shortbread.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • Cool on the cookie sheet for about 15 minutes.

Expert Tips

 
  • Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into batches.
  • Unsalted Butter: Use unsalted butter and add just a pinch to the recipe.
  • Cook Tip: Try cooking the cookies low and slow around 200 degrees for that light color you desire.
  • Variation tip: Add a little rice flour to the recipe to make that sandy texture.
  • Alternate ingredient: Replace the vanilla extract with the almond extract, it goes so well with the cherry flavor.
  • Ice: Drizzle a little icing on top of the shortbread.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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3 thoughts on “Cherry Shortbread Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    I love shortbread and I love cherries so this recipe was a real winner for me. I took it to a cookie swap and they were popular there too!

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  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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