Frugal Foodie Mama: White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Monday, December 15, 2014

White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies

These buttery, crispy cookies are studded with sweet & tart dried cherries and then dipped in white chocolate- perfect for the holidays... 
White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies- buttery, crispy cookies are studded with sweet & tart dried cherries and then dipped in white chocolate
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This year was my first time participating in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  Last year I remember seeing food blogger friends posting all the fabulous cookies they were receiving from other food bloggers and wanting to kick myself for not signing up. So this year as soon as the sign-ups went up, I headed over and registered. :) What is the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap? To participate, each food blogger donates just $4 to Cookies for Kids' Cancer. Then you receive the addresses of 3 other food bloggers that you will bake cookies for and send off at least a dozen to each. In return, you will get 3 different dozens of homemade cookies from 3 other food bloggers. Helping a great cause and getting to try cookies from other food bloggers? That is a win-win in my book, folks. ;) And this year's cookie swap raised over $12,000 for Cookies for Kid's Cancer! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a peek at the delicious cookies that came my way during this year's swap. 
My cookie swap recipients received these crispy and buttery dried cherry studded shortbread cookies that I dipped in white chocolate and finished off with some holiday festive sprinkles...

White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies- buttery, crispy cookies are studded with sweet & tart dried cherries and then dipped in white chocolate
White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 13-15 minutes
Ingredients (Approx 60 cookies)
  • 2 cups of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 2/3 cup flour
  • 5 oz bag (approx 1 cup) of dried cherries
  • 12 oz bag of white chocolate melts
  • holiday sprinkles
Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extracts, and salt until smooth and creamy. Add in the flour a little at a time and mix on low until combined. Add in the dried cherries and continue to mix on low for another minute or so until the cherries are incorporated evenly into the dough.

Using wax or parchment paper, form the dough into four 12-14 inch logs. To get perfectly round slice & bake cookies, use a paper towel roll to shape them. To see how to do this, see THIS POST from my friend Aimee of Shugary Sweets. Freeze at least 30 minutes or until the dough logs are firm.

When you are ready to bake your cookies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Slice the dough logs into slices about 1/4 inch thick.
Place on your prepared baking sheets at least 1 1/2 inches apart, and bake for 13-15 minutes. The cookies will have slightly golden edges when done.

Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a minute or two, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
The cookies are delicious this way, but for a more festive treat you can dip them halfway in white chocolate and then quickly sprinkle with some holiday festive sprinkles.
I used white chocolate candy melts to do this. Just melt according to the package directions, and dip and sprinkle away. :)
Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days.
Enjoy!

**Note- When wrapped tightly and stored in a freezer safe container, this shortbread dough can keep in the freezer for 4-6 weeks.
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White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies- buttery, crispy cookies are studded with sweet & tart dried cherries and then dipped in white chocolate

This was my first time ever baking shortbread cookies, and I couldn't believe how easy they were! Now, I do wish that I had known that little paper towel roll tip from Shugary Sweets that I shared with you all up there in the recipe before I rolled my dough for these. My cookies would have been a little more perfectly round had I known that before rolling and freezing my shortbread dough.
White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies- buttery, crispy cookies are studded with sweet & tart dried cherries and then dipped in white chocolate
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One thing that I really love about these shortbread cookies is that you can freeze the dough logs until you need them. In fact, I have one last roll of this cookie dough chilling in my freezer that I am planning on baking fresh for Christmas Eve. Just roll the dough in waxed paper or parchment paper, wrapped tightly with plastic wrap, and then store in a freezer safe container. Make sure you let the dough come to room temperature for at least 45 minutes before slicing for baking.

Are you a food blogger who participated in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap this year? Please leave me a link to your cookie recipe post in the comments below! :)
And be sure to check out the Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies I received from The Foodette, the Grinch Cookies from Clutter Cafe, and the Cardamom Shortbread from Food, Pleasure, and Health.

Need a last minute holiday gift? You can order cookie packages, including a Cookie of the Month subscription from Cookies for Kids' Cancer. :) A delicious gift that also helps a worthy cause. 

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