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.

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

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

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

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

Let me show you how to make them:

White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread "Crack" Cookies

(slightly adapted from Better Homes & Gardens)

Here's what you will need:
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
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.


Seriously, these are so good. They may just become your family’s “crack” cookies as well!

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

Before I sign off and hit the streets of Hollywood, I want to remind you that East Coast Creative’s Creating with the Stars has officially kicked off.

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I’m totally thrilled to be teamed up with the fabulous Gwen of The Makerista. She is a true creative with an eye for style. Pop on over to her blog and check out some of her magic.

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Today, the first round of amazing projects is up and ready for your votes. This week the contestants are tackling Knock-Off projects. I seriously cannot begin to describe the awesomeness that these contestants created; it’s mind-blowing. So, be sure to check them out here and vote for your favorite!

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

Have a fabulous week, my friends!





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  • 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!

  • 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! 🙂

  • 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!!! 🙂 🙂

  • 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!!! 🙂

  • 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!

  • Jill at

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

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