december: anna’s pistachio and tart cherry shortbread

Pistachio Tart Cherry Christmas ShortbreadDried tart cherries are a new favorite thing of mine! Unlike most dried fruit, which I find much to sweet, dried tart cherries, as the name implies, are slightly tart! They go really well in sweet treats and add a different dimension of flavor. You can use them in any recipe that calls for dried cranberries.

Shortbread is great for the holiday season! It makes a really nice homemade gift and is a must have for a cookie swap party! This particular shortbread, with green pistachios and red dried cherries, are very festive! You could drizzle or dip the cookies in chocolate to make them extra special.

This shortbread is really quick and easy to make. It takes about 10 minutes to mix the dough together and press it into shape. You can also make the dough in advance and bake the cookies just before you want to serve them. They tend to retain their freshness for a while, so are ideal for gifts.

Pistachio Cherry Shortbread Dough

Pistachip Cherry Shortbread Rolled

I found that using bread flour in this recipe instead of all purpose flour gave the shortbread a crispier texture, which is the way I like it. If you prefer softer shortbread, all purpose flour is the way to go. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet but I think that these would also be great dipped in hot chocolate or egg nog!

Happy Holidays to all our readers! See you in the New Year!

Pistachio Tart Cherry Shortbread

Find the recipe here

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