White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies.
Valentine's Day isn't JUST FOR ADULTS anymore. Any retailer could tell you that with entire aisles devoted to merchandise for every age bracket. Let me share with you some truth: cookies are for all ages. Cookies do not discriminate. They love all peoples despite their drama and whatnot.
Don't forget about the kids this V-Day with this epic five-star cookie recipe from Midwest Living, online.
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup cold butter
12 ounces white chocolate baking squares with cocoa butter, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 drops red food coloring (optional)
2 teaspoons shortening
White nonpareils and/or red edible glitter (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spread cherries on paper towels to drain well.
In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in drained cherries and 4 ounces (2/3 cup) of the chopped chocolate. Stir in almond extract and, if desired, food coloring. Knead until smooth and form into a ball.
Note: dough will be crumbly at first, but will come together as you work the dough with your hands.
Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar, flatten balls to 1-1/2-inch rounds.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are set. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.
In a small saucepan, combine remaining 8 ounces white chocolate and the shortening. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Dip half of each cookie into chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. If desired, roll dipped edge in edible embellishments. Place cookies on waxed paper until chocolate is set.
Makes about 60.