Cheery Cherry Valentine's Day Cookies

3/4 cup finely chopped dried cherries

2.5 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup very cold butter

12 oz white baking/candy making chocolate, chopped

1/2 tsp vanilla

1-3 drops red food coloring

2 tsp shortening
Optional - red/pink sprinkles or red/pink sugar

Preheat oven to 325 F.
In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar.

Cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
Stir in chopped cherries and 2/3 cup of the chopped white chocolate.
Stir in vanilla and food coloring (you choose how pink or red).
Knead mixture until it forms a smooth ball.
Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls.

Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet
Flatten balls to 1.5 inches wide
Sprinkle tops with some regular sugar and gently press it into the dough
Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes
Once done, cool for a few minutes then transfer to waxed paper.
In a small saucepan, combine remaining white chocolate and shortening.

While constantly stirring, heat over low heat until melted and consistency of syrup.
Dip a spoon into the melted chocolate and let some drizzle off the spoon onto the middle of each cookie, covering most of the top surface.

Sprinkle tops with colored sprinkles or sugar while chocolate is still wet.


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