While these are known as Christmas cookies, I’ll be the first to admit I eat these year round because they are that good!

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!

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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.

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