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…


Shortbread Cookies with Nutella filling. Perfection.


Peanut Butter Shortbread with Reese’s Pieces


Butterscotch Shortbread Bars


Copycat Jingles Shortbread Cookies


Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

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Yield: 3 1/2 dozen

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!


About Aimee

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Posted on June 16, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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 🙂

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

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

    1. Fresh cherries would totally work! I bet the color would be more purple, but it would still taste delicious! And fresh 🙂

  5. 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!

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

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

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

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