Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookie Bars are an easy Christmas cookie recipe loaded with mini chocolate chips and red and green cherries.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookie Bars are an easy Christmas dessert recipe.
This shortbread cookie bar recipe recipe is a simple twist on traditional shortbread cookies that does not require chilling and slicing the dough.
I’m so excited that Halloween is over and now I can start planning all my Christmas baking.
These shortbread cookie bars are the first Christmas treat I wanted to try out.
I love traditional shortbread cookies but wanted to try something more simple and festive.
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I started by dumping some softened butter and egg whites into a large mixing bowl.
Then I used an electric mixer to cream together the butter and egg whites.
Shortbread cookies don’t usually contain eggs but I needed something that would hold the bars together when they were cut after baking.
I used the egg whites only because yolks have a rich flavour that would overpower the shortbread.
Once the butter and egg whites were combined I added in some icing sugar.
I used the electric mixer to incorporate the icing sugar into the butter and egg mixture.
Then I added some all purpose flour and salt to the bowl.
I continued mixing until a sticky dough formed.
I stirred the cherries and chocolate chips into the cookie dough.
I pressed the mixture out evenly onto a greased cookie sheet.
I greased my baking sheet with Pam Spray For Baking.
I use this cooking spray for pretty much everything because I find it way less greasy than other sprays and also very effective.
I’ve never had trouble removing anything from a pan when using this spray.
The shortbread cookie bars were baked until they were golden brown around the edges of the pan and lightly browned across the top.
I allowed the cookie bars to cool slightly before slicing them.
The chocolate chips and cherries add sweetness and flavour to these festive cookies.
If you are looking for an easy Christmas dessert recipe you need to try these Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookie Bars.
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- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- 2 egg whites
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup candied (glazed) red and green cherries, diced
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- In a large bowl combine butter and egg whites with an electric mixer.
- Add in icing sugar and continue mixing until smooth.
- Add flour and salt.
- Mix until dough forms.
- Stir in the diced cherries and mini chocolate chips.
- Press the cookie dough out evenly onto a greased 10 x 15 inch cookie sheet.
- Bake for 23-26 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the top is very light brown all over.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145
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