Chocolate-Covered Cherry Shortbread Cookies

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A wonderful change from the standard shortbread! Chocolate shortbread cookies with cherry bits and flavoring, dipped in chocolate. Store covered, in the refrigerator, or freeze for later.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
4 1/2 dozen


  • 14 (1 ounce) squares semisweet baking chocolate, divided

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder

  • ½ cup drained and finely chopped maraschino cherries

  • ½ teaspoon imitation almond extract

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or more as needed

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, or as needed

  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Finely chop 6 ounces baking chocolate and set aside.

  3. Combine flour, cold butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and cocoa powder in a large bowl; beat until mixture resembles small crumbs. Stir in chopped chocolate, maraschino cherries, and almond extract until well combined.

  4. Pour 2 tablespoons sugar into a shallow bowl. Form cookie dough into 1-inch balls and roll in the sugar until coated. Arrange cookies 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet. Use the bottom of a cup to flatten cookies to 1 1/2-inch rounds.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Carefully transfer cookies to waxed paper; let cool completely, at least 1 hour.

  6. Heat remaining chocolate in a small pot, stirring occasionally, until melted. Add 1 tablespoon butter and milk; stir until mixture is melted and runs off a spoon with ease. Add another tablespoon of butter and milk if needed.

  7. Dip each cookie at least halfway into the melted chocolate mixture. Lay the dipped cookies back on the waxed paper. Let cool and harden for several hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

99 Calories
6g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 54
Calories 99
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 22mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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