12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Covered Cherry Shortbreads

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Today’s installment for the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies is Chocolate Covered Cherry Shortbreads !  These are fun and easy to make (oh wait. Most of my recipes are!!) and the kids can totally help!  Their grama loves chocolate covered cherries and she loves cookies so now she can enjoy two of her faves together..and have them made with love by her grandkids!


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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups softened butter
  • 4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 4 dozen maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup melted milk or dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp cherry extract

Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In the bowl of stand mixer, combine softened butter and sugar.  Cream together until smooth.  Gradually add the flour until well blended.

Make tablespoon size balls of dough by rolling between palms.  Press into approximately 1/4″ thick discs and place on cookie sheet.

Make indent in the top of each cookie with spoon or finger and place 1 maraschino cherry inside.


Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.

Once cookies have completely cooled, cover the tops of each cookie with melted chocolate mixed with cherry extract.  Allow chocolate to completely set and harden before serving.



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