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Hidden Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries +1tbsp liquid, reserved

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.┬áPlace softened butter in a mixing bowl. You'll need to whip using a whisk for about 5 minutes. I recommend using an electric mixer. The goal is to get it to look like whipping cream.
  • While the butter is whipping, lay the cherries on a napkin to dry. Gently press with a napkin over the tops to absorb more moisture.
  • After about 5 minutes, add the sugar, almond flavor, cornstarch and flour to the butter and continue whisking to combine. Beat on high for 3-4 additional minutes.
  • Scoop out a tablespoon of dough, stick your thumb into the center and place your dry cherry inside.
  • Roll the dough around the cherry so that it's completely covered. Try to get the cookie nice and round.
  • Place the cookie dough balls onto a prepared baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cook until lightly browned on the bottoms.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  • While the cookies cool, prepare the icing.

How to Make Icing

  • In a bowl, combine the 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of reserved cherry juice and 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Whisk until well mixed and there are no lumps.
  • Put a plastic baggie in a cup, then scrape icing into the baggie. Cut a small piece off the corner and you're ready to ice the cookies!

How to Make Cookies Without Cherries

  • Mound out the cookie dough onto a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper.
  • Using the plastic wrap, gently form the dough into a cookie log if you will. The dough will shape easily- I liked mine at about a 1.5" thick.
  • Place the cookie log into the freezer for 5-10 minutes. You don't want it frozen solid, you just want it cold enough so that you can slice.
  • Unwrap the cookie log and use a sharp, thin knife to slice the dough into rounds. I'd say each of mine were about 1/3 of an inch.
  • Lay out on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12┬áminutes. Ice and sprinkle with decorations for fun! Enjoy!