White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

These White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies are a family favorite! They are a soft, chewy, and flavorful cookie. They are perfect for Christmas or any time of the year.

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White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies #shortbread #cookie #whitechocolate #cherry #christmas #holiday #recipe

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Well friends, as I mentioned on Friday, I’m in Los Angeles right now. I’m insanely excited about this trip and can’t wait to share the details with you.

Last week I posted a recipe for Purple Velvet Cupcakes. I made them for the benefit for my aunt. In addition to the cupcakes, I baked a double batch of White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies. A couple years ago, I made these particular cookies around Christmas. After my family sampled a few of the cookies, they quickly were nicknamed the “Crack” Cookies. I think it goes without saying that there are no illegal drugs (or any drugs for that matter) involved in the making of these cookies. They are just incredibly delicious and totally addictive.

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White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies #shortbread #cookie #whitechocolate #cherry #christmas #holiday #recipe

Now, not only do I make these cookies every Christmas, but I’m required to make them pretty much anytime our family gets together.

For the benefit bake sale, I decided to give them a purple twist. With a little food coloring and purple sugar, these delicious cookies take on a whole new look, but still taste as magically wonderful as ever.

White Chocolate and Cherry Shortbread "Crack" Cookies | Inspired by Charm
White Chocolate and Cherry Shortbread "Crack" Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Whether you make them purple or the classic red and white color combo. I hope you enjoy these delicious cookies as much as we do.

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White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies #shortbread #cookie #whitechocolate #cherry #christmas #holiday #recipe

Let me show you how to make them:

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry, christmas, christmas cookie, cookies, holiday, white chocolate
Servings: 60
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Decorating 1 hr
These White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies are a family favorite! They are a soft, chewy, and flavorful cookie. They are perfect for Christmas or any time of the year


  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries - drained and finely chopped (reserve the cherry liquid)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter - cold and cubed
  • 12 ounces white chocolate - finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 drops red or purple food coloring - or purple food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • White nonpareils and colored sanding sugar


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter. Continue cutting until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  • Stir in the cherries, 2/3 cups of chopped white chocolate, and almond extract. Add food coloring, if desired. Knead the mixture until it forms a ball. If the mixture is too dry and crumbly, use some of the reserved cherry liquid to help bring it together.
  • Shape the dough into 3/4-inch balls. Place balls two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar, flatten the balls to 1 1/2 inch rounds.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the centers are set. Allow to cool for about a minute on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a double boiler, combine the remaining 8 ounces of white chocolate and the shortening. Heat until the chocolate has melted. dip half of each cookie into the chocolate. Then, roll the dipped edge into your nonpareils and / or colored sanding sugar. Allow the cookies to cool on waxed paper until the chocolate is set.


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 25mgPotassium: 23mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 97IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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  • Kathy Kaykes at

    Hi Michael,

    I plan to make these scrumptious cookies. A few questions. Can I use white chocolate chips and chop them? I plan to make the dough and bake a few samples. I’d like to prep the dough into the balls and freeze the rest for the holiday. I am wondering if they freeze well? I’ve never frozen dough containing cherries before, Thanks. Looking forward to a lovely addition to my repertoire.

  • Margie at

    Love this recipe! These are a must make every Christmas.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you Margie! Me too!!

      xo Michael

  • alanna at

    I made these tonight with a few modifications and they came out great! First, I used confectioner’a sugar instead of granulated to get a better shortbread texture and creamed it with the butter before adding the flour. I also replaced the white chocolate with mini bittersweet chocolate chips. I omitted about 1/4-1/3 cup of the flour as my dough was very thick, even with a tablespoon of cherry juice. The almond extract is a great addition! I added a tsp of vanilla as well. Then, I dipped the cookies in dark chocolate. They are kind of like cherry garcia cookies like this! I am excited to share them with my family this holiday season

  • Colleen at

    These look amazing! I love coming to your blog to find wonderful recipes and inspiration!

  • TheDutchTreehouse at

    These look so so good! Can’t wait to try them this week.

  • Julie at

    I cannot wait to make these!! They look so delicious.

  • Ali at

    These look so good and good for Valentine’s Day too! Thanks for the post!

  • Jill at

    Hello, how many cookies does one batch make? Thank you.

  • Kelsey at

    I made these last night and they were fantastic! My family absolutely loves them and its such a perfect addition to the regular sugar Christmas cookies. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • Alyssa Garbrick (Wurm) at

    I finally got onto your website and found the recipe so I can make the famous “crack” cookies, even though I’m sure they won’t taste the same! Hoping to make it home soon so I can have them made by the original inventor of these fabulous creations! Now if you’ll excuse me, I must reply to Bobbi Jo’s comment to let her know that I’m (probably) the first family member to attempt the crack cookies!!! 🙂

  • Bobbi Jo Wendel at

    Michael you know these are my favorite!! Loved reading what you wrote too!! Maybe I’ll have to try making these sometime instead of having you make them for me!! Seriously people- these are the best cookies 🙂

    • Alyssa Garbrick (Wurm) at

      I’M GOING TO ATTEMPT THE CRACK COOKIES!!! Wish me luck!!! 🙂 🙂

  • Meg at

    Love discovering that “crack” recipe that really gets the family going — and I can see why these would be so popular! Will have to give them a whirl. I’ve been following your adventures on Instagram . . . have the best time! 🙂

  • Terri at

    These are going to be first up on my list as soon as I get rid of some hibernation pounds! Safe travels and I can’t wait to see what you and Target are up to!

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