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Cherry Cocoa Shortbread Squares Recipe

Cherry Cocoa Shortbread Squares Recipe

Whenever there is a potluck at work or a family gathering, I'm asked to bring these delectable bars. I found the recipe years ago and have made it countless times since. -Bettie Martin, Oneida, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:36 servings


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter (no substitutes), softened, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 18 maraschino cherries, halved
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter


  • 1. In a mixing bowl, cream 1/2 cup butter and sugar. Beat in flour and cocoa (mixture will be crumbly). Spread into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until surface is set. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and remaining butter; beat in milk and vanilla until smooth. Spread over crust. Pat cherries dry with a paper towel; arrange over frosting and press down gently.
  • 3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cherries. Refrigerate until glaze has hardened. Cut into squares. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 84 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 34mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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Reviewed Jun. 23, 2017

"These bars are so pretty on a serving tray for the holidays; These bars a sooo yummy!!"

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