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[The Cookie Elf File] Celebrate National Shortbread Day with Easy Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread
January 06, 2015
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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

Get the full recipe for Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread … and get more ideas for other kinds of shortbread on The Elf’s Shortbread Pinterest Board.

Cookie Baking Tip : Cut Shortbread While It Is Warm

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Cut shortbread as soon as you remove it from the oven, while its surface is pliable and soft. This way, you can cut pieces as large or as small as you like and edges will be clean.

If you wait until the shortbread sets, then edges will crumble.

See more helpful baking tips on The Elf’s Baking Tips Pinterest Board.

More Easy Shortbread Recipes from The Elf

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That’s it for now. See you next time!

Happy baking,

The Cookie Elf

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