Nutty Shortbread Cookies Recipe

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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:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 110 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 87mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Nutty Shortbread Cookies in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2010, p151

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