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Holiday Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies

It is no secret that I love holiday baking. The glorious smell that fills the house, the bonding with family while we bake all sorts of sweets, and then packing up an assortment to give to others is something I look forward to as the season approaches.

I begin planning for all the baking early and I always one or two new types of cookies to the ones that are tradition. My mom taught me how to bake when I was young, and I have fond memories. I have kept the tradition and passed it along to my children.

This recipe became a part of my traditional cookies after I stumbled across it years ago. First, I love shortbread cookies in their buttery pureness. Second, I was captivated by the colors this cookie has and once I tried them, I was hooked. A buttery shortbread with the addition of cherries and chocolate make a glorious combination that is loved by all. I think if you try these once, you too will add it to your holiday cookie assortment!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup maraschino cherries-chopped – it is important to spread cherries on paper towel after chopping to get all the extra liquid out or you can use dried maraschino cherries

  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips (mini or regular)

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