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Who says kids won’t eat green food? Candied cherry shortbread cookies that are filled with green candied cherries and have a candy-dipped bottom. They may look simple, but the buttery shortbread pairs perfectly with the vanilla candy melts for a lightly sweetened cookie the kids are sure to love!
For as much as I like a rich, chocolatey, caramel-dripping dessert, one of the flavors that I can never get enough of is simple shortbread.
Store-bought shortbread cookies are great dipped in milk or eaten with a cup of hot coffee. But do you know how to make shortbread cookies from scratch? The simple shortbread recipe I have for you today can be made with just 5 ingredients. The cookies are thick, buttery and just lightly sweet. I love their tenderness compared to the crisp store-bought variety.
You can use this basic shortbread cookie recipe and add in whatever your favorite ingredients are such as nuts, chocolate chips or cherries. We decided to make candied cherry shortbread cookies for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday. We took green candied cherries, chopped them and added them to the shortbread dough. Then, after the cookies were baked, we dipped the bottoms of the cookies in green melted Wilton candy melts and then sprinkled green nonpareils on the bottom to boost that green color.
Betcha your kids won’t mind eating this green food.
And think of how cute they’d be at Christmas dipped in red candy melts? Or for Easter dipped in yellow candy melts with pink sprinkles? The possibilities are endless.
Q: Do you love the simple flavor of shortbread or do you prefer sweeter, richer desserts?
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Great shortbread cookie and so fun to decorate. Very versatile for the holidays.
Oh my gosh these cookies are so much fun!
I love that you used green cherries – there are definitely not enough recipes with them! 🙂
SUCH a creative idea, ladies! I love these!
These are wonderful cookies! Love the color and I’m a shortbread fan…
What a great use for candied green cherries! I usually only use them at Christmas. It’s great when an ingredient can double for two holidays 😉
This is such a fun, festive cookie. Pinning. xo, Catherine
These shortbread cookies are one of my all time favorite cookies to make at Christmas, but I have never done them in a log shape or added cherries. What a fun way to change up this simple cookie by adding green! This is definitely how I want to add greens to my diet 😉