Cherry AlmondCookies

Cherry Almond Cookies

If you love the flavor combination of cherry, almond, and white chocolate – you will love these cookies.

ServesAbout 60 cookies


  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped
  • 12 ounces white chocolate baking squares with cocoa butter, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • colored sugar (red)


  • 1

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
    In a large bowl, combine flour 1/2 cup of sugar and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in drained cherries and 4 ounces (2/3 cup) of the chopped chocolate, and almond extract. Knead mixture until it forms a smooth ball.

  • 2

    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.

  • 3

    Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until centers are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  • 4

    In a microwave (70% power), melt shortening and remaining 8 ounces white chocolate for 1 minute, stir. Microwave at additional 10-15 second intervals, stirring until smooth.

  • 5

    Dip half of each cookie into the chocolate, allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with sugar and place on waxed paper until chocolate has set.