Ah, the joy of the holidays! And what better way to embrace the festive spirit than with Christmas Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies? These delightful morsels promise a rich, buttery texture with a sweet cherry surprise in every bite. Transport yourself back in time to medieval Scotland, where the tradition of shortbread began. Today, these cookies represent more than just a treat; they symbolize love, warmth, and cherished memories.
Imagine serving these at your next Christmas soirée or offering them as gifts, lovingly wrapped. Enhance the experience with a comforting drink – be it cocoa, mulled wine, or classic milk. As the buttery goodness melts in your mouth, the paired beverage adds to the merriment.
Fancy a Bite? Here’s How to Make Them!
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup maraschino cherries, chopped and patted dry
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
Set your oven at 325°F (160°C) and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whip up a creamy mixture using butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
Slowly blend in the flour and salt, forming a soft dough.
Delicately mix in the cherries and chocolate chips.
Shape the dough into a log, wrap in cling film, and chill for an hour. Slice into rounds afterward.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are golden. Let them cool on the tray for a bit, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Serving Tip: Elevate their appearance with a dusting of powdered sugar or a milky glaze drizzle.