Welcome To Day 20 Of “25 Days Of Christmas Sweet Treats”!
Last year I did “25 Days Of Christmas Cookies“. Please click the link to find all those wonderful recipes and please check back here every day for Christmas Sweet Treats all the way up until Christmas Day!
It should be snowing here, not raining! I feel like I am in Florida. There is still little hope for some snow before Christmas but I won’t be holding my breath.
My husbands Christmas vacation started after work today! I am excited to have him home for a little while, it should be fun!
Do you like candied cherry’s? Have you ever even tried one? I have to say they work well with this cookie and outside of that, I’ve never eaten them. I am thinking they would be tasty with brownies or something else chocolaty.
I enjoy the butteryness (don’t think that’s a real word) of the cookie and it works well with the sweetness of the cherry. They certainly are festive decked out in green and red.
The cookies do take a little planning due to the fact that you need to “chill” the cookies for about an hour before baking but I think they are worth the little bit of trouble.
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1¼ Teaspoons Salt
- 1 Cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
- ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar
- ¼ Cup Confectioners’ Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- ¾ Cup Candied Red & Green Cherries, halved
- In a small bowl stir together the flour and salt and set aside.
- Cream butter with a stand mixer (or hand-held mixer) until light and fluffy (2 – 3 minutes), add sugar and beat for additional 2 – 3 minutes (scraping sides of bowl a couple of times throughout). Add vanilla. Add flour & salt and mix on low speed until dough is just incorporated together into a ball.
- Chill until slightly firm (at least 20 minutes).
- Using a cookie scoop, roll into balls and press a candied cherry half into the center of the ball (rounded side facing upwards). Chill until cookie shapes are firm before baking, at least an hour.
- Preheat oven to 300, and bake shortbread balls until firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.