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Chocolate Cherry Shortbread

I love making shortbread cookies. They are so simple and easy, but so delicious to eat. I make my brown butter shortbread cookies for Christmas every year. It is also fun to experiment with other flavors of shortbread. I love citrus shortbread, especially lemon. These cherry chocolate shortbread cookies are a bit more festive though, so great to make around the holidays.

You can use any kind of chocolate in these. I used semi-sweet mini chips in the cookies themselves and then drizzled with white chocolate for a little contrast after cooling. You could use chopped white chocolate in the dough, dark chocolate for the drizzle, etc. Whatever combo you prefer.

This recipe uses chopped Maraschino cherries, plus a touch of almond extra so they have great cherry/almond flavor. There is no chilling time required to bake these, so they are quick to make. You can scoop them like I did, or roll them out and cut squares. This particular dough doesn’t hold it shape super well, so I wouldn’t recommend trying to use cookie cutters for these. My family loved these, and I’ve been requested to make more, so I hope you try them too!


Chocolate Cherry Shortbread

Shortbread with chocolate and cherries
Course Dessert
Keyword Appetizer, Bread, Cookies, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 36 cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar divided
  • 1 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1/2 cup Maraschino cherries finely chopped and patted dry
  • 12 oz chocolate white, dark, or a mix
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract


  • In a large bowl, combine flour and 1/2 cup sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Knead in cherries, 2/3 cup chocolate and the extract until dough forms a ball.
  • Shape into 3/4-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a glass dipped in remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Bake at 325° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Melt the remaining chocolate and drizzle over the cookies.
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