Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies

It has been an AGE since I posted a recipe!
I love to cook and bake though – I need to start sharing more. And this is the perfect time of year to start!

We bake lots of cookies for Christmas – usually during the week before we bake up a flurry – so by the time Christmas rolls around we have a big assortment of yumminess!

These sweet little Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies have quickly become a family favorite.
They’re really easy to put together too!

I have a printable recipe for you below – so you don’t have to print out all my chatter. :)

All you have to do is mix up all your ingredients – then knead them until they form a ball.
This is the fun part. You get your hands in there and really mix things up.

Feel free to keep your extra maraschino cherries handy – for tasting purposes only of course.

Once your dough is all together, roll your dough into small balls. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

FYI – I am a firm believer in only baking on parchment sheets. Everything turns out SO much better, plus cleanup is crazy easy.

Find some really cool glasses at a Mexican restaurant and talk the bartender into letting you buy a bunch of them. At a ridiculously cheap price.

Dip the end of your wickedly cool glasses in sugar, then press down the cookie balls.
(Oh ok. I guess the whole Mexican-restaurant-drinking-glass-deal adventure is optional, but it’s definitely more fun that way.)

Bake the cookies for 10 or 12 minutes, until they’re all set. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for a minute or so, then transfer them over to a parchment lined wire rack.

Yes, again with the parchment paper. But I hate the little lines that the rack leaves on the bottom side of the cookie. I’m shallow.

While the cookies are cooling, melt the rest of the white chocolate with the shortening.

Dip half of the cookies in the chocolate, then run the edge in sweet little nonpareils, or edible glitter.
This makes them cute AND yummy.

Place the cookies back on the parchment paper until they’re set. Mine talk about an hour.
(If you’re in a hurry, you can pop them in the fridge to speed things up.)

To store these, put them in a closed container, separating the stacks of them with . . . you guessed it . . . parchment paper.
We like to keep ours in the fridge – they’re super yummy cold.

Here’s the recipe – I’d love to hear if you give them a try this Christmas!

(this was adapted from a BHG recipe)

Cherry Almond Shortbread Cookies


  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries (drained and finely chopped)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 12 oz white chocolate baking squares (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon marischino cherry juice
  • 2 teaspoons shortening


  • Edible glitter or nonpareils


Makes about 4 dozen cookies.


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in drained cherries and 4 ounces (2/3 cup) of the chopped chocolate. Stir in almond extract and cherry juice.
Knead mixture until it forms a smooth ball.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Shape dough into 1" balls. Place balls 2" apart on parchment liners.
Using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, flatten balls to 1 1/2" to 2" rounds.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until centers are set. Cool for 1 minute on cookies sheet.
Line wire racks iwth parchment paper. Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool.
In a small saucepan, combine remaining 8 ounces chocolate and the shortening. Cook and stir over low heat until melted.
Dip half of each cookie into chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Roll edge in glitter or nonpareils.
Place cookies on parchment paper until chocolate is set, or set chocolate faster in the refrigerator.

But that’s not all!! This recipe is part of an amazing blog hop!

The link party below has over 50 Holiday Treats and Desserts for you – all from your favorite bloggers!
So have fun checking them all out – I’m sure you’ll find tons of new things to try and to pin!


  • Reply November 30, 2012


    My friend’s husband loves cherry chip cake so I am going to have to share this recipe with her!

    • November 30, 2012

      andrea cammarata

      WOW!!! These are OH SO FABULOUS IN PINK!!!!!! Love love love these and SOOOOO pretty! Thanks so much for sharing these delicious bundles of happiness! So honored to be joining you in the big blog event…sweet as it can be! Hugs and wishes of a picture perfect Holiday Season!

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

    Oh, Bev, these are almost too pretty to eat!! I think I’ll be making some of these up for the teachers at daycare this year. They will love them! :)

  • Reply November 30, 2012


    Wow these sound amazing – and they’re so pretty!

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  • Reply November 30, 2012


    Very pretty and looks so good! YUM!
    This will be on my list!

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    Stephanie S.

    The cookies look awesome and I am going to make them this weekend. Thanks for sharing Bev.

  • Reply December 3, 2012

    northern cottage

    how did you know these would be my new favorite?? the ingredients couldn’t sound yummier!! pinning right this very minute – {you can see the pin here}:

    happy happy day to you friend!

  • Reply December 3, 2012


    They look yummy and sound delicious….I think I might include these in my Chrismas baking this year! Thanks for sharing…

  • Reply December 9, 2012


    they are beautiful little pieces of art, and your styling is gorgeous!

    hope you’ll find a moment to stop by (if you haven’t already!) and enter a giveaway i am hosting:

    smiles and happy weekend to you.


  • I’m hosting the ultimate holiday cookie recipe exchange extravaganza online at The Jenny Evolution and wanted to be sure to invite you. I hope you’ll link up and see if you’re highlighted later in the week :-)

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

    P.S. This series is sure to get a lot of attention as it’s going to be a week’s worth of cookies with FIVE different cookie round-us. So be sure to join!

  • Reply December 8, 2013


    These are my new favorite cookie! Everybody loves these, I roll mine in crushed peppermints for the perfect Christmas cookie. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply December 1, 2014


    Oh my! Cherries and almonds are two of my favorite flavors. I must make these. Thanks for sharing!

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