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Allison's Honeyed Almond-Cherry Shortbread

Dried fruit and nuts may be the ingredients for traditional fruitcake, but here they shine in Allison Hedges' lusciously dense cookies. The secret is in the prep work: Cherries are soaked in sherry with citrus zest, and almonds get a salty-sweet coating for "pockets of deliciousness."

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2009


For the Cookie Dough

For the Honeyed Almonds

For the Macerated Cherries


Cook's Notes

Cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.

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  • gfultonrmtrog
    26 NOV, 2015
    Just have a question about the cherries in the Allisons honey almond cherry shortbread: wanted to know if I can soak the cherries in the sherry longer than 1 hour or even overnight? Thank you in advance for your response :-)
    • gfultonrmtrog
      26 NOV, 2015
      Also I notice that on my comment it shows my email address, how do I change this as I don't want everyone to know my email address, thank you.
  • patty1301
    6 SEP, 2014
    I bake every Christmas and try a couple of new recipes every year - only once in a while do I add a new recipe to my permanent list but this recipe (baked Christmas 2013) was a huge hit - this one is permanently added to my Christmas cookie list!
  • medfordbakes
    11 DEC, 2012
    this is one of my favorite christmas recipes - have used it for 3 years now. Double batches in fact! I also use the Trader Joe's Montmorency tart cherries and they work wonderfully! Yes, you can freeze the dough in advance, and thaw it out in an hour or so for baking.
  • lilcooky81
    20 DEC, 2010
    Not one of my favorites...weird flavor combination. I used dried cherries from Trader Joes- maybe it matters what type of dried cherries you get and the type of sherry you use.
    3 DEC, 2010
    Wondering if this recipe can be frozen at any stage?

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