White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies #FBCOOKIESWAP

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies #FBCOOKIESWAP

It is that time of year. The time of year where I wonder, “what was I thinking?”  In our home bakery it is currently crunch time and we work about 16 hours a day from the week before Thanksgiving to December 20th. I woke up this morning knowing that I have a blog post due.  But then I am reminded what an awesome cause The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is. Did you know that the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap raises money to help childhood cancers? How awesome is that? So it doesn’t matter how busy things are in the bakery, I will make time. Because kindness matters. Any one willing to roll up their sleeves matters.  Sometimes I think in this big world we don’t think a little contribution will make a difference, but I believe that it does.  Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease. Take a moment to think about that for a second. I am so thankful to the sponsors below who matched our donations to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, dollar for dollar (up to $3000)

The best part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is getting to meet new bloggers and have some actually make me cookies!  There are so many bloggers, I love how the swap introduces you to blogs you may have never run into before.

This year I received some amazing cookies from:

Christina from the Running Foodie  made these melt in your mouth orange pecan shortbread cookies. Our mail has been arriving late lately and these came at about 9 at night. Totally dangerous time to receive yummy cookies. It’s not like you are going to go for a run after indulging in them.

Jenny at Honey and Birch  made Chocolate Sea Salt cookies. You can’t go wrong with chocolate but I found myself crushing on her super cute business cards. You know I have to love them because I don’t use words like “crushing”

Lady Behind the Curtain made loaded chocolate chip pretzel cookies. Hello!!! Sweet and salty, my weakness.

I love the challenge of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, because there is something about creating a cookie recipe for your peers. I wanted to create a little something that reminded me of Christmas. White chocolate cherry shortbread cookies seemed to fit the bill. It is the perfect cookie for the holidays. When you package it up, it looks so pretty with the white and the dark red pops of color.

WHITE CHOCOLATE CHERRY SHORTBREAD

Yields : 45, 2.5” squares

For printable recipe, click here.

  • 2 cups unsalted butter {room temp}
  • ½ confectioner sugar
  • ½ brown sugar
  • 4 cups minus 2 tablespoons unbleached flour
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 2 tbsps. Amaretto
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips

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DIRECTIONS:

For the cookies:

1. Place flour and salt in separate bowl.

2. Chop the dried cherries. Spray your knife with cooking spray. This will help keep the cherries from sticking to the knife.

3. In your mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together on low until combined.

4. Add in salt and extracts.

5. Slowly mix in flour.

6. Add in the chopped cherries.

 

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Helpful hint:  When you chop the dried cherries spray your knife with a little bit of cooking spray. This will keep the cherries from sticking to the knife.

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7. Once the dough has come together you have a few options for chilling your cookie dough. You can break the dough into 4 medium sized disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for 2 hours. Or you can use this tutorial to roll your dough out how we do.

8. After the dough has chilled remove from the fridge and cut your cookie shapes.

9. Preheat oven to 350°F.

10. Line your baking sheet with silicon baking mats or parchment paper.

11. Bake for 13-16 minutes depending on your oven. Edges should be nice and golden brown.

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For the White Chocolate Topping:

1. While the cookies are baking you can melt the white chocolate.

2. Place white chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 30 seconds at a time, just until smooth when stirred.

3. Then place bowl on top of a pot with a shallow amount of steaming water while stirring slowly.

4. Once the white chocolate is completely melted, pour the mixture into a disposal piping bag

5. Cut a small slit on the bottom.

6. Drizzle on top of the cookies. Want to see a quick video? Head over to instagram to see how easy it is? LINK to White Chocolate Drizzle

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Now all that is left is to package up your white chocolate cherry shortbread and share them with your family and friends. Do you love the printables below? My friend, Kara, from Love Babble on Etsy created them. She was so kind to offer them for free on our blog.

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13 comments on “White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies #FBCOOKIESWAP

  1. christina says:

    Heeeey, I’m the one who sent the orange pecan shortbread, actually!

    These look so good! Dried cherries are the best dried fruit, and paired with white chocolate, even better.

  2. SAmantha says:

    These look so yummy!

  3. Kristen says:

    Those are beautiful cookies. I love the simplicity of shortbread, but you took it to a whole new level!

  4. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy says:

    Shortbread cookies are one of my very favorite but I’ve never made them from scratch. That needs to chage pronto! These cookies look wonderful!

    1. They are actually so easy to make. I hope you enjoy them

  5. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says:

    This is a cookie I could fall in love with.

  6. Michelle @ The Complete Savorist says:

    These are wonderful looking. Yum.

  7. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says:

    These are so elegant!

  8. Liz says:

    White chocolate and dried cherries? This just might be the best shortbread ever!

  9. Faith (An Edible Mosaic) says:

    These look absolutely amazing! I love all the goodies going on in there – white chocolate and cherries is such a great combo!

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