Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cherry Dark Chocolate Shortbread

These are the cookies Santa is getting at our house this year.

They are an elegant cookie -- perfect with tea or coffee; a great treat to serve to guests.

Santa needs a little elegance every once and a while, right?  A change from the traditional frosted sugar cookie, gingerbread men, or molasses cookie.

A buttery cookie, with hints of dark chocolate and cherries, drizzled with melted chocolate.

Try them.

Trust me.  You'll enjoy them greatly.

Cherry Dark Chocolate Shortbread  - Adapted from Recipes for Togetherness
{Print Recipe}

13 T butter, softened (1 stick + 5 T)
1/2 C sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 C all purpose flour
1/4 C corn starch
1/4 C dried cherries, diced
~1 T milk
1/4 C dark chocolate chips, diced
1 T sugar

Cream together butter and sugar.

Add in vanilla.

Then, mix together corn starch and flour in a medium bowl.

Add slowly to the flour mixture to the creamed butter.

Add in 1 T milk, slowly.  Adding only enough to get the dough to stick and clump together.

Then, mix in the cherries and chocolate.

Roll the cookies into 1 inch balls.

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Spread 1 T sugar on a plate.

Press a small glass bowl into the 1 T sugar, and then press the cookies flat.

Bake at 300 for 20-30 minutes, until the bottom begins to brown.

Cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire wrack.

If desired, melt 1/8 C chocolate chips in a small bowl.

Drizzle chocolate over the top of the cookies.

 Allow chocolate to harden before transferring to an airtight container to store.



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  1. those look and sound amazing! and frogprince must love them!

  2. Great, I agree santa needs fancy stuff. I will leave him wine...he he

  3. Oh gosh that shortbread looks delicious. Cant go wrong with dark chocolate and cherries. Santa is one lucky man. ;)

  4. these sound amazing and while fancy they seem to be easy enough to make thanks for sharing

  5. You had me at dark chocolate! I'm bookmarking this one!

  6. These are SO beautiful and elegant. What a great departure from the regular holiday sugar cookie or gingerbread. Yum!

  7. These look so delicious! Santa is a lucky guy. I just went through my posts for several of the categories for Countdown to 2011, some are easy, some hard to choose!

  8. I need to stop looking at food blogs...I just finished my baking/candy making yesterday, but I'm finding other things to make! I may have to save this recipe for later!

  9. Those look amazing! Quick question...... after they've cooled, are they hard or soft?

  10. @ The Dreamer -- they are crunchy. Perfect for a cup of tea!

  11. Oh!! I cannot WAIT to try these! They look seriously amazing!

  12. Thanks for linking at our virtual cookie swap! These make me hungry :-)


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