Thursday, February 28, 2008

A GARDENER'S LAMENT ( FORCAST: POSSIBLE RECORD BREAKING SNOW for FEBRUARY ! ) ~ WHITE CHOCOLATE 'CHERRY' SHORTBREAD

" If life is a bowl of cherries, then what am I doing in the pits? "

~ Erma Bombeck


~ 'Enough is Enough'
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WHITE CHOCOLATE 'CHERRY' SHORTBREAD

~ Loaded with lots of 'good stuff' to chase 'winter blues' away
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1 1/2 cups flour
12 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 heaping cup white chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 325-degrees.
  • Combine flour, sugar and salt in large mixing bowl. Cut in butter until mixture forms small crumbs. Stir in cherries and pecans. Form into ball and knead until smooth. Divide dough in half.
  • On large cookie sheet, roll each section into 6-8 inch circles approximately 1/2-inch thick. Press edges with fingers for form scallop effect. With a knife, cut each circle into 12 wedges.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until centers are set and edges slightly brown. While cookies are baking, melt white chocolate over double boiler.
  • Remove from oven and cut shortbread wedges again. Drizzle with melted chocolate. ( 2 dozen )

6 comments:

jodi said...

Oh, WOW! These sound really, really good, though I think I'll make them with dried cranberries, which I prefer to dried cherries. The perfect cheerup for the coming snow-rain event we're supposed to have tomorrow!

joey said...

Always a delight to hear from you, jodi. I marvel how you find time to write your awesome blog & pop in to visit ... I'm honored. Indeed you can use either healthy 'ruby-red' fruit. Since February is 'National Cherry Month', my focus has been on my favorite cherry recipes. Your weather sounds as 'charming' as ours here today ~ 'Winter Weather Alert' :(

Kathryn said...

Hi, Joey, what a beautiful blog! I am starving just scrolling through! I will definitely be visiting and taking notes. I love to bake! Thanks for visiting my blog today. Touched my heart. Kathryn

joey said...

Thank you for the thoughful visit, Kathryn. I too shall return to your beautiful blog.

Catherine said...

Oh my!! You have chased my "Winter blues" away with this "White Chocolate~Cherry shortbread" recipe~ yum!! It sounds soooo good!
Beautiful photos also! We have had two beautiful days here ~temps in the 70's ~lots of sun, & high winds, bees & gnats and lady bugs buzzing around~giving me spring fever!! But it is suppose to get nasty tomorrow through the weekend~so maybe I will have to give your shortbread recipe a try to keep me from feeling blue!
Thanks for the hug email! :)
Hug's Bloggin Sis!
Cat

joey said...

Heavy snow is falling again, Cat, though yesterday AM hit 54. Crazy weather..70 must feel wonderful! Hugs!