Dark Chocolate Cherry Shortbread


I was in the mood for shortbread the other day.  I love shortbread, especially with a nice cup of herbal tea.  It is the perfect dunking cookie.  Since the season of love is upon us I figured heart shaped shortbread was in order.  And I just think things taste better when they are in a cute shape like a heart.  And much more fun to eat.


I had picked up a bag of dried cherries at Trader Joes recently so decided to add them into my basic shortbread recipe.  Shortbread is so flexible.  I’ve added in toffee before as well as lemon and poppyseed.

Shortbread is basically a combination of flour, sugar and butter and whatever else you want to add in.  I make it in the food processor.  At first it will seem very dry and powdery but keep pulsing it until the dough forms

Dark Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

I think dark chocolate is the perfect companion to cherries so I added in some dark chocolate chips too. Pulse just a few more times until they combine.  Don’t over pulse.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Roll your dough out evenly on the counter – I like it about 1/4 inch thick.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

I used a heart shaped cookie cutter but you could use any shape you like.  Cutting through the cherries can be a bit tricky and you may end up with some cherries sticking out the sides of your heart.  I just used a knife to cut them off so I still had a pretty heart shape.

After they cooled I melted some dark chocolate chips and put them into a cake decorating bag along with a small round tip and added some dark chocolate drizzle to the cookies.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Dark Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Then all you need to do is brew yourself a nice cup of tea and enjoy.


They would also be a great little gift of love wrapped up in some cellophane with a cute bow for someone you love.


For some other Valentine Treats try these:

Chocolate Dipped OreosOreo TrufflesCupid Corn Cookie Bark

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Shortbread
Serves: 1½ dozen small cookies
  • ½ C butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 C flour
  • ½ C powdered sugar
  • ½ C dried cherries
  • ½ C dark chocolate chips
  • ½ C dark chocolate chips, melted
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. grease a cookie sheet.
  3. In a food processor fitted with metal blade, process the flour, sugar and butter until moist clumps form.
  4. Add in dried cherries and chocolate chips, pulse once or twice to combine
  5. Roll the mixture to ¼ inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and place on cookiei sheet
  6. Bake until light golden brown around the edges, approx. 15 minutes
  7. Cool and then drizzle with melted chocolate.


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Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Valerie H. says

    I want to make these! I would love them with herbal tea too! Thanks Leigh Anne! How’s Calli doing? Loving her job?


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