Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies Recipe

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Steve Wright Modified: March 23, 2022
Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies Recipe

How To Make Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies

Cherries and almonds both provide a wonderful addition to these shortbread cookies. Cherries add a fruity sweetness and almonds add to the texture.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 11 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 26 minutes



  • ¾cupunsalted butter,(170g), softened to room temperature
  • cupgranulated sugar,(134g)
  • 1tsppure vanilla extract
  • ½tspalmond extract
  • 1tbspmaraschino cherry juice,(15ml)
  • 2cupsall-purpose flour,(240g), spoon & leveled
  • 16maraschino cherries,drained and chopped
  • 4ozwhite chocolate,optional


  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Switch mixer to medium speed and add the the sugar, vanilla and almond extracts. 

  2. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl as needed. With the mixer running on high, slowly drizzle in 1 Tablespoon of the cherry juice. Beat for 1 minute on high. Turn the mixer off and pour the flour into the wet ingredients.

  3.  Turn the mixer on low and slowly beat until a very soft dough is formed, then, with the mixer still running on low, add the chopped cherries. Beat just until the cherries are disbursed in the dough. Press the dough down to compact it and tightly cover with plastic wrap to chill until firm, at least 4 hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats (silicone mats preferred to reduce spreading). Shape the cookie dough into balls.

  5. Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the edges. The cookies will puff up and spread slightly. Do not overbake.   Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

  6. Allow cooling for at least 30 minutes before drizzling with white chocolate. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave, in 20-second increments, stirring after each increment until melted.


  • Calories: 142.37kcal
  • Fat: 7.38g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.58g
  • Trans Fat: 0.23g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.93g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.31g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.83g
  • Fiber: 0.40g
  • Sugar: 9.78g
  • Protein: 1.42g
  • Cholesterol: 16.24mg
  • Sodium: 5.51mg
  • Calcium: 14.60mg
  • Potassium: 27.78mg
  • Iron: 0.51mg
  • Vitamin A: 49.01µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.20mg
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