Glacé cherry shortbread balls



25 min


50 min



Glacé cherry shortbread balls

Glacé cherry shortbread cookie. (Photo, Sian Richards.)

Enhance your shortbread recipe with scrumptious glacé cherries, and snowy dusting of icing sugar.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped glacé cherries
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar


  • PREHEAT oven to 350F. Position racks in top and bottom thirds of oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  • STIR flour with glacé cherries, lemon zest and salt in a medium bowl.
  • BEAT butter with sugar in a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, until smooth, 1 min. Gradually stir in half of flour mixture, until just combined. Add remaining flour mixture, kneading with your hands, until dough forms a ball.
  • SCOOP dough and roll into 1-in. balls. Arrange on prepared sheets, 1 in. apart. Cookies will spread as they bake.
  • BAKE in top and bottom thirds of oven, switching sheets halfway through, until edges have set, 15 to 17 min. Leave on sheet for 5 min, then transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar (optional), and serve.

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