Christmas Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies

These festive cookies encapsulate the spirit of the holiday season, offering a delightful blend of buttery richness and the vibrant sweetness of maraschino cherries. The dough, a masterpiece of simplicity, is meticulously crafted to achieve the perfect balance between a crumbly texture and a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. As you take your first bite, the cookie gently yields, revealing layers of flavor that unfold like a winter’s tale.

The star ingredient, maraschino cherries, imparts a burst of color and a burst of fruity sweetness to each bite. Diced and artfully distributed throughout the cookie, the cherries create pockets of gooey, ruby-red goodness that harmonize with the buttery undertones. The result is a visually stunning treat that captures the essence of Christmas in every bite.

The aroma that wafts through the kitchen as these cookies bake is a nostalgic embrace, reminiscent of cherished holiday memories. The scent of butter, sugar, and cherries intermingles, creating an olfactory symphony that evokes the warmth and joy of the season. These cookies are not merely a confection; they are a sensory experience that transports you to a winter wonderland of sweetness and merriment.

The texture of the shortbread is nothing short of divine — a delicate balance of crumbly and tender, with a subtle crunch that gives way to a buttery richness. The maraschino cherries, softened by the heat of the oven, add a chewy element that elevates each bite to a new level of indulgence. These cookies are not just a treat for the taste buds; they are a celebration of the senses, a testament to the joy that can be found in simple pleasures.

Whether enjoyed by a crackling fire, shared with loved ones during a festive gathering, or savored with a cup of hot cocoa on a snowy afternoon, Christmas Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies embody the magic of the season. Each bite is a celebration of tradition, a sweet reminder that the holidays are a time for indulgence, connection, and the simple joy found in a perfectly crafted cookie.


2 cups of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of loosely chopped maraschino cherries, drained on paper towels
1 cup of softened unsalted butter
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
2/3 cup of mini chocolate chips
1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.

3. Gradually add the all-purpose flour and salt to the butter mixture, mixing until a dough forms.

4. Gently fold in the maraschino cherries and chocolate chips into the dough.

5. Roll the dough into a log and wrap with Saran wrap. Put in fridge for an hour. Then cut into rounds.

6. Bake cookies in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes or until the edges turn golden.

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cooled, your Christmas Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookies are ready to enjoy!

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, ensuring that you can enjoy their scrumptious taste throughout the holiday season. Share them with your loved ones or keep them all to yourself – either way, they are sure to spread joy and happiness this Christmas.

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