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[Cookie Elf File #286] Celebrate National Shortbread Day with Cherry Chocolate Shortbread
January 01, 2019
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Feature: Celebrate National Shortbread Day with Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread

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January 6 is National Shortbread Day! Celebrate by making an easy shortbread recipe. Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread combines the rich, buttery texture of classic shortbread with two well-matched flavors: cherry and chocolate. And it’s so simple to make!

This recipe contains maraschino cherries, which are flavored with sweetener and almond flavoring. Almond extract in the recipe heightens the taste of the cherries. Paired with miniature chocolate chips, the combination with rich shortbread is unbeatable.

The recipe deviates slightly from the traditional shortbread ingredient ratio of one part sugar, two parts butter, and three parts white flour. It calls for a larger amount of sugar than what is typical, albeit powdered sugar (rather than granulated sugar) which contains cornstarch.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 20-25 minutes
Makes about 5-6 dozen slices of shortbread, ½ inch x 1 inch

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