Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Though I like to think I have a sophisticated palate, if the truth be told, my favorite thing in the entire world to eat is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  On two slices of very fresh white bread, with a big glass of milk, it’s heaven. Admit it, you like it too. It makes this middle-aged woman feel eight years-old. And who doesn’t want to feel like a kid again. I’m always looking for ways to elevate this most common of sandwiches. I’ve tried creamy peanut butter, organic peanut butter, 9-grain bread and even the addition of bananas. But none of these other options have sent my beloved sandwich into the stratosphere. Until I tampered with the jelly component that is.

A restaurant just opened in my neighborhood called La Pain Quotidien. It’s owned by a Belgian company with locations actually, all over the world. They have restaurants throughout the US and in places like Austrailia, London, Moscow, Kuwait and Turkey, just to name a few. I like the look and concept of this operation. It’s casual dining; soups, salads, sandwiches, but the thrust of their business is their selection of homemade breads. Within these restaurants they do sell a wide array of other packaged, gourmet products. When I set my eyes upon this jar of preserves it was as if there was a glow around it, as if it had a little halo hovering above it.

When I arrived home with my new find, I quickly made my way to the kitchen and whipped out the Wonder bread to give these preserves a test drive. This my friends was the holy grail of preserves. Not too tart, not too sweet and loaded with big chunks of Morello cherries. I had to find another venue where this glorious concoction could shine. Jam Shortbread cookies seemed like an obvious place to start, and they did turn out quite well. In the coming months it will be my mission to find other ways to let this product shine.

Le Pain Quotidien Morello Cherry Preserves

Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 10 1/2 tablespoons salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • Le Pain Quotidien Morello Cherry Preserves, or any jam you like
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Whisk flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Add butter; using your fingertips, rub in butter until coarse meal forms. In another bowl, whisk egg and egg yolk together and add to flour mixture, stir just to blend.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into little balls. Place on baking sheets spacing 2″ apart. Make an indentation in each ball and fill with jam.
  3. Bake cookies until golden, 12-14 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Mama’s tips: To bring eggs to room temperature quickly; place eggs in a bowl of warm water and let sit for 5 minutes.

Recipe: Easy

22 Comments on “Cherry Shortbread Cookies”

  1. Mama, those look gorgeous and so, SO fun! I like making cookies like these.

  2. Shortbread and cherry; what a perfect combination.

  3. Mindy Bowman says:

    I LOVE shortbread and I LOVE cherries! I’m definitely trying these out! 🙂

  4. I just love shortbread, I am going to have to make a batch of these, they look simply delicious

  5. mary1958 says:

    I’ll take a dozen now and two dozen for later. How cute are these!

  6. Tamara says:

    wow! wow! wow! I love shortbreade cookies….these look delicious…Tthere is a Pain Quotidiien not too far from my home. .I will have to get a jar of the preserves. As always, your photos make my mouth water and your stories make me happy.

  7. jackie says:

    I’m a huge fan of simple and elegant. Beautiful 🙂

  8. Joy & Ruin says:

    jeez these look good

  9. These cookies look crumby and perfect – melt in mouth perfect 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. LoveRichCashPoor says:

    Yum! pain quotidian is one of my favourite spots! I used to go there when it was a little known Belgian start up – one of the few instances when I’ve been glad of globalisation!

  11. NickkiT says:

    They sound delicious, I love shortbread and I bet these are lovely with the cherry preserve!

  12. erinmotz says:

    Those look so pretty! Simple and delicious is the best combo 🙂

  13. Margarita says:

    It’s really hot here in NYC and I can just taste one of these delectable shortbread nibbles with a frosty glass of your thyme lemonade….ahhhhh…talk about the pause that refreshes! Thanks!

  14. Beth says:

    yum! and I’m not just saying that.

  15. Jecca says:

    These look wonderful!

  16. Villy says:

    I adore this type of cookies! Lovely!

  17. That cherry-licious jam filling looks amazing, and I’m sure it’s an awesome combo with the crumbly shortbread cookie. Well done!

  18. Stop it!! I’m getting hungry looking at these…can’t wait to bake them! P.S. I picked the wrong week to start a diet….

  19. bkr12 says:

    those shortbread cookies look so delicious and simple to make. now why don’t I ever find the same enthusiasm for salad or vegetables? Keep the recipes coming and thank you!

  20. Yum! These look soooooo delicious! I’m ready to get baking!

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