Cherry, Almond and Chocolate Shortbread

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Yield: 30 pieces


  • 250g butter, slightly softened
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup cornflour
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds, toasted and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 150g dark chocolate


Beat butter and sugar together until pale and creamy.  Add flours, almonds and cherries and mix until combined.  Tip dough out onto a bench and lightly knead and then shape into 3 logs approximately 4cm in diameter.   Wrap in kitchen paper or plastic clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer.  They can also be frozen at this stage.
Preheat oven to 160 C.  Slice shortbread logs into thin slices and place on a cold, lined tray.  Bake for 16-20 minutes until firm and just starting to colour.
Cool on a wire rack.
Melt chocolate either in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water or in the microwave on reduced heat.  Dip shortbread into chocolate and then place on a foil lined board or bench until set.  Store in an airtight container.

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