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Nutty Shortbread Cookies

My husband and I like the buttery flavor of shortbread cookies and have tweaked recipes through the years to come up with this mouthwatering version.—Angela Garcia, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract or 1 teaspoon hazelnut liqueur
  • 30 red and/or green candied cherries


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, confectioners' sugar, almonds and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in extract. Knead dough until smooth, about 6-10 times.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, carefully make an indentation in the center of each. Fill each with a candied cherry.
  • Bake at 300° for 30-35 minutes or until set. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
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