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Nutty Shortbread Cookies

 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
30 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min./batch + cooling


  • 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 McCormick® Pure 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. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 110 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 87 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber,

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Nutty Shortbread Cookies (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.