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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