This and that: Fill the Cookie Jar - Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fill the Cookie Jar - Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Have you ever halved a recipe but didn't half all the ingredients like salt?  That is what I did with this recipe when I made it.  I had decided to only make half this recipe as I am really trying hard to watch my weight... and all I seem to do is watch the numbers get bigger and bigger.  So to make a long story short... my cookies for this month's Fill the Cookie Jar were just a bit salty...
Even with the extra salt I thought these cookies tasted awesome... A little sweet with the Chocolate Hearts and a little salty with the extra salt.. and melt in your mouth goodness.  I do have to tell you a small little secret ~ but don't tell my Beachbody coach ~ I ate 4 of these delicious morsels of cherry chocolate melt in your mouth shortbread cookies....  See if you can only eat one.

Fill the Cookie Jar with Cherry Shortbread Cookies / This and That #fillthecookiejar, Valentines, Cookies

I bet you can't.......

Cherry Shortbread Cookies

1 cup butter softened
1 cup powdered sugar (confectionery sugar) 
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp maraschino cherry juice
1/2 tsp anise extract (original recipe called for almond)
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherry 
Chocolate Hearts/Kisses or Hugs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
In mixing bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar and salt until well blended and fluffy.
Add cherry juice and anise extract and mix well.
Gradually beat in flour until well mixed.
Stir in chopped maraschino cherries.
Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet ( I cover my cookie sheet with a baking mat).
Bake for 8 -10 minutes until bottoms are slightly brown at 350 degrees F.
Once cookies are removed, press one heart/kiss or hug into each cookie.
Let cool and enjoy.

Fill the Cookie Jar with Cherry Shortbread Cookies / This and That #fillthecookiejar, Valentines, Cookies

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  1. I am with you on watching the weight and when you're a baker it's a challenge. Shortbread cookies are one of my favorites and the chocolate heart for garnish really set these off!

  2. I have seen these around, but not with the cherries in them, which in my opinion would make them completely AWESOME! And I enjoy salty sweet, so I am sure accidentally doubling the salt wouldn't have been a problem for me.

  3. I've also made some crazy adjustments in some of my recipes when I try to halve them. You are not alone, but I can imagine this cookie tasting delicious with the salty and sweet. I'm a fan of shortbread cookies - I shouldn't say that - I'm a fan of ALL cookies though I do enjoy shortbread for it's versatility. Pinned/sharing.

  4. I love the idea of cherry shortbread! Yum!

  5. As soon as I saw yours on Instagram this morning, I laughed at how similar we are this month :) I love the chocolate on yours.

  6. Your secret is safe with me! These bites sized goodies look great.

  7. Oh I love the idea of using cherries in shortbread! They look delicious.

  8. These look so good, I could never stop at one!!

  9. Love these with the cherries...and the chocolate, of course :) Yum!

  10. I know what you mean about trying to be good when baking sweet little treats, I would have had a hard time resisting these they really look wonderful. I love the colour of the shortbread and those chocolate hearts on top.

  11. I would love to make these with my grandkids...they look so fun and yummy!

  12. Wow these cookies are a wonderful addition to our Valentine's Day menu. Beautiful!

  13. These cookies are so pretty, perfect for Valentine's Day!

  14. I love the chocolate heart on the top, very pretty!

  15. These cookies look delicious and Judy perfect for Valentines Day! I just pinned the recipe on my own pin board. Love chocolate and cherries. Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We enjoy having you every week on Thursday night at 8PM through Sunday night. ~Cydnee


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