Triple C Shortbread Cookies [Sweetest Season Giveaway]

Now, I don't know about you, but anytime the holidays roll around, I'm all about the sweets. I absolutely love love love shortbread cookies, and I love chocolate chip cookies, but I wanted something different. Who doesn't love chocolate covered cherries? Ha! ME! I hate them actually, but I wanted to give these a try. Let me just tell you.... They are nothing like chocolate covered cherries, they are a million times better! These little cookies have the perfect structure to be stacked and wrapped for little Christmas goodies, or to be enjoyed all for yourself! 
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped 
  • 4 Tsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup white and/or dark chocolate chips 
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. Cream the butter and the confectioners sugar
  2. Mix the flour, salt, and 2 tsp sugar generously
  3. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet until it starts forming large clumps
  4. Chop maraschino cherries, sprinkle with 2tsp granulated sugar
  5. Mix in the maraschino cherries, chocolate chips and vanilla extract.
  6. Form the dough into the shape that you want, wrap it in plastic or foil and set it to chill in the freezer for at least an hour, I usually let it sit over night.
  7. Heat oven to 325F
  8. Cut the log into 1/4 inch thick slices and place them on a baking sheet with one inch of space between them
  9. Bake 20-25 minutes, until they just start to turn lightly golden brown on top
  10. Let cool & enjoy!
51 bloggers teamed up to bring you an awesome cookie-centric giveaway! We picked out a stand mixer and other goodies to make baking this season go smoothly. And, a big thank you goes out to the generous sponsors who helped with The Sweetest Season by organizing, as well as providing products to the participating bloggers and donating some incredible prizes for our giveaway! Be sure to check out Imperial Sugar, Dixie Crystals, Bob’s Red Mill, Cabot Creamery and The Crumby Cupcake for lots of great recipe ideas. And check out Garnishing Co., who designed our graphics.We’re giving away The Sweetest Cookie Prize Pack, and it is worth $690! See the Rafflecopter below to enter to win this amazing set of cookie baking goodies. The prize pack includes:
I received free product from Imperial SugarDixie Crystals and Bob’s Red Mill as part of The Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange. As always, all opinions and recipe are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Not Your Average Southern Belle!


  1. I have never even thought of this! I don't ever think I've tried chocolate covered cherries, but this recipe looks amazing!!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  2. These look so so good!
    Also I am dying for a stand mixer.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  3. These cookies look so good! :)

  4. I've never thought of combined chocolate and cherries together in a cookie! Super creative and (I'm sure) supper yummy!

  5. Those cookies look divine! Also yay for finding more bloggers to follow through the giveaway!

  6. These look delicious!

  7. These sound DELISH!! Pinning this recipe for sure.

    xoxox A

  8. YUM! I never would have picked those ingredients together for a cookie, but you make it sound delicious! I may have found my new favorite Christmas cookie!

  9. Chocolate & cherry is probably my favorite flavor combo ever! These cookies sound amazing, definitely going to have to try my hand at baking a batch. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  10. These look AMAZING. I absolutely love a good cherry and chocolate combo so this is going on my Christmas baking list for sure!

    xo Ashley

  11. One of my friend's and I are making cookies on Saturday, I have to bring this recipe with me!

  12. These are too cute and I love that they are a twist on normal chocolate chip! I'm not a super big fan of sugar cookies, so this is something cute I can do!

  13. These look incredible!!! I love that giveaway too! Kitchenaid's are the best!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  14. I love the combo of something sweet and something tart. I'll have to try these!

  15. These look awesome and I'm not even a fan of cherries! I might try this out but replace the cherries with strawberries ;)

    xo, Kimberly

  16. The combination of these ingredients gives a simply amazing taste. We may supplement this dessert with different fruits. This will make more unusual pastries.

  17. Your cookies look amazing! Many thanks for the shared recipe! I'd like to give it a try! I think that chocolate and cherry is my favorite flavor combo!

  18. I like cooking sweets and that is the very thing to have got new recepie and cook new sweets.