Cherry Shortbread Cookies
Try out our Grandma's own Cherry Shortbread Cookies recipe. We're excited to share this recipe for easy homemade cookies with you. In no time you'll have yummy homemade shortbread cookies that melt in your mouth. Around Christmas time Grandma's classic holiday cookie recipes are pulled out to be made and enjoyed. But what if your cookies aren't turning out the way that your own Grandma's used to? The key to great shortbread is getting that perfect cookie consistency, a shortbread cookie isn't too soft that it's crumbly, and it isn't so hard that it's chewy either. These cookies just kind of melt in your mouth with each delicious bite. One of the best things to remember is to keep your butter at room temperature for these cookies. You want nice soft butter but not melted butter. Also, don't skimp on cheaper ingredients, use real, full-fat, high-quality butter, and no margarine substitutes either. Enjoy this and many of our other dessert recipes from our collection.
This cherry shortbread is an easy homemade cookie recipe you can make any time of the year. This easy homemade cookie recipe looks as good as it tastes, and the secret is in the real butter in the recipe. To make this easy homemade cookie recipe work you want to be sure and follow the directions and use room temperature butter, and not butter that is cold or melted. For the full step by step easy homemade cookie recipe, you will want to take a look at the Grandmothers Kitchen site.
Shortbread is just one of the easy homemade cookie recipes that benefit from using butter in the mix. Most if not all easy homemade cookies recipes and baking recipes benefit from the use of butter. One of the reasons easy homemade cookies and baked goods benefit from butter is because of the flavor. Butter adds flavor to easy homemade cookies, pastries, cake recipes and more. There really is nothing that compares to butter, not even products that claim to be butter flavored. This is because real butter helps to create baked goods and easy homemade cookies that are more tender. Typically butter should be used at room temperature when it is going to be creamed with sugar. This is because room temperature butter is the perfect temperature when creamed with sugar as it separates the two ingredients before the other ingredients are added. The simple process of beating the butter and the sugar together creates a blend of fat, sugar, and air. This air is what helps to leaven the easy homemade cookies or your baked goods and creates a more fluffy and tender final recipe.
Butter is used cold in dessert recipes or baked goods to include flaky pastries, biscuits, pie crust recipes, and scones. The flakiness of these baked pastries relies on the butter to stay separated from the rest of the dough. If you have ever made a biscuit recipe before then, you know that the butter is cut into the flour until it is somewhat like coarse meal, but the butter isn’t completely mixed into the flour until the ingredients come together. This goes to show how the butter is used as leavening in baking. The water in the little pieces of butter starts to evaporate in the oven which helps to create tiny pockets of steam in the biscuit which is what helps to create the flakiness.
Melted butter may be used in different quick bread recipes, to include pancakes, waffles and muffins. Typically these recipes call for vegetable or canola oil, as the liquid fat helps to create a more dense texture to the final baked goods. Melted butter is an ingredient that can also be substituted in your recipes that call for liquid fat when you want to keep a similar texture in the mix but wants to add the flavor of butter. One thing is for sure when any of your easy homemade cookie recipes or baking recipes call for butter; you want to use butter and not substitute with margarine as you will lose flavor. **
This is a printable recipe.
2 cups all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
12-15 canned cherries, cut into half
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine flour and salt. Set aside.
Cream the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy.
Stir flour mixture in butter mixture, just until incorporated, do not over work.
Cover and let rest in fridge, for 1 hour.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls.
Transfer to baking sheets, leaving a 1.5-2 inch space between cookies.
Press a cherry half lightly into the center of each cookie.
Bake cookies 12 minutes, or until top is firm when lightly pressed.
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Nutrition Facts for: Cherry Shortbread Cookies From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: All purpose flour, salt, unsalted butter, confectioners' sugar, canned cherries.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 24 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 132, Calories from Fat 70, Total Fat 7.8g 12%, Saturated Fat 4.9g 25%, Cholesterol 20mg 7%, Sodium 69mg 3%, Potassium 28mg 1%, Carbohydrates 14.4g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%, Sugars 2.5g, Protein 1.2g, Vitamin A 5%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 1%, Iron 3%
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