Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Buttery Shortbread Cookies with chocolate and cherries! They are so easy to make and very pretty too!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies: buttery, delicious, with maraschino cherries! #shortbread

Shortbread cookies are by far one of my favorites. Because you make one batch, there is no waiting and scooping and tray after tray of cookies.

However, you still get 3 1/2 dozen cookies with this recipe, all in under 30 minutes!

Chocolate covered cherries are one of my husband’s favorite candies. I’m not a huge fan, I’ll be honest. But these cookies are even better than those candies. Seriously, cause they’re cookies!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies: buttery, delicious, with maraschino cherries! #shortbread

Since today is Father’s Day I thought it only fitting to make my husband’s favorite candy in a cookie! By using a traditional shortbread cookie base, I added in some maraschino cherries and juice, and of course, mini chocolate chips!

Happy Father’s day to the most wonderful man in my life. You are a blessing to our children, patient and kind. You are great with homework (especially since I can’t understand 5th grade math) and you are a perfect role model! Thanks honey for being in my life!!

Clearly, I love shortbread cookies! Here are some of my favorites on the blog…


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Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

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Yield: 3 1/2 dozen

Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

Buttery Shortbread Cookies with chocolate and cherries! They are so easy to make and very pretty too!


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 5 maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with powdered sugar for two minutes, until creamy. Add cherry juice, cherries, flour and salt. Beat until fully combined.
  2. Fold in 1/4 cup mini morsels.
  3. Spread dough on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. My dough measured about 14x9inch. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Cut immediately after removing from oven. I cut mine into strips by cutting in thirds lengthwise, then cutting one inch strips, width-wise.
  5. Melt remaining 1/4 cup mini morsels. Put into a ziploc bag and cut off the corner. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Allow to set and enjoy! Store cookies in air tight container for up to one week.


To spread cookie dough on parchment paper, dip fingertips (repeatedly) in flour to keep them from sticking.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies: buttery, delicious, with maraschino cherries!

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47 comments on “Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies”

  1. These are gorgeous! Loving the cherry flavor!

  2. Love some chocolate covered cherries!! This is such a great idea adapting this into a cookie!

  3. I love it when desserts not only taste amazing, but are pretty too. Bonus if they’re pink. 🙂 These look amazing Aimee. I love chocolate and cherries together!

  4. Love the color! And love that it’s a pan of bars and you can just press it all in, no waiting for dough to chill as you said or balls of dough to shape and form. Love pans of cookies/bars!

  5. I hope you’re ready for me to show up at your door tomorrow, BFF! ‘Cause I miss you already and want some cookies!

  6. Beautiful! Love the combination of cherry and chocolate!

  7. Ashley

    I love the color of these! Ironically, my toddler (boy) will eat anything pink, especially a cookie, so I will have to whip these up for him!

  8. LOVE shortbread — this sounds like another tasty take on it. Hope your husband loved his Father’s day treat 🙂

  9. I love the fact that these are PINK and contain lots of mini chocolate chips! What’s not to love? Hope your husband had a great Father’s Day and enjoyed these!

  10. You do such fun things with shortbread. These look festive and fun. I’ll bet you could use fresh cherries, here too?!

  11. My Dad LOVES the combination of cherry and chocolate, and I know he’d just flip for these cookies. They look irresistible!

  12. nessa

    Shortbread, aka heaven 🙂

  13. I love how pink and pretty these are! Chocolate covered cherries are actually one of my favorites! You and I are on the same wave length again…last week I made cookies while everyone was visiting, but I didn’t want to scoop so I made bars too 🙂

  14. I love the colour of these, they look so summer and pretty.

  15. These are so cute! Love cherries with chocolate!

  16. Wow, what a great shortbread! Love the cherries and the color!!

  17. Aww…this is so special! I always love baking, but even more when it is for a special person and includes some of their favorites 🙂

  18. I LOVE shortbread. I bet this is to die for! Looks amazing.

  19. These are so pretty, Aimee! I love anything with maraschino cherries! 🙂

  20. These are so pretty! I’m not the biggest fan of maraschino cherries but I do love shortbread! And I like the combination of cherries and chocolate!

  21. Mmm I can already taste the shortbread cookies melting in my mouth. Pinning!

  22. I know you posted these back in June, but they are perfect for Valentine’s Day and I happen to have a jar of maraschino cherries so I’m going to have to make these today!!! Gorgeous!! Pinned!

  23. Denise R

    Not sure what went wrong…there are only a few ingredients and a few steps…but these turned out awful. It took waaaaay longer than 5 minutes just trying to get it from a powdery substance to something that would mold together in the pan. It was so dry. I added a lot more cherry juice to help moisten it. It came out with almost no flavor and crumbling apart. I made a second batch with at least double the juice and I doubled the cherries. It had a better consistency (i.e. not dry crumbs) but still almost no flavor. I’m bummed out. This looked so fantastic. What went wrong? Any tips or suggestions? More butter? A little vanilla?

    • When it comes to shortbread, using the heat of your hands can help the dough come together. I’ve made these several times with no problems. Is your butter fully softened? As for no flavor…shortbread is definitely a less sweet (but still delicious cookie). Without being in your kitchen though, I’m not sure what else to tell you! 🙁

  24. CS

    I have made this so many times so far – school events, holiday parties, Christmas goody bags. It always comes out fabulous. The only thing is that I don’t have powdered sugar so I grind granulated sugar until it’s a cup worth. I’ve cut small bite sized pieces to go with cherry-almond cupcakes. It really is scrumptious.

  25. Dena

    I baked these for Valentine’s Day and they were okay. The edge pieces were dry and you can’t taste the cherry much at all. I think I’m maybe not a shortbread lover. I’m going to try the cookies and cream cheeseball next weekend.

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