Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies

These Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies are a classic Christmas Cookie Recipe featuring candied cherries and ground almonds. Make the dough ahead then slice and bake when ready!

 

These Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies are a classic Christmas Cookie Recipe featuring candied cherries and ground almonds. Make the dough ahead then slice and bake when ready!   

One of my favourite things about Christmas is all the baking.  Not just because they are delicious either but because they make the house smell so good

We usually make a mix of traditional family recipe cookies and desserts as well as a a few experiments with new recipes.  This typically includes a couple different shortbread recipes, mincemeat tarts,  some basically unpalatable strawberry gelatin coconut cookies my dad loves, fudge, peanut brittle and of course the ever present famous English trifle. 

Sometimes there is even Christmas pudding and custard! 

Of course a lot of that baking can be done ahead of time and frozen for the big day!  

 

These Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies are a classic Christmas Cookie Recipe featuring candied cherries and ground almonds. Make the dough ahead then slice and bake when ready!

 

This shortbread cookies recipe is a family classic that traces back at least as far as my Great- Grandmother in England.  Nobody seems quite sure how far back the recipe originates but its safe to say that it is tried, tested and true as well as being one of my most favourite Christmas cookies!

 

 

The soft buttery flavour of the shortbread is divine but the candied cherries and ground almonds really add a different dimension to this cookie.

 

Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies

This recipe features Gay Lea Butter which I keep stocked in my freezer for both baking and other everyday uses.  I trust Gay Lea  enough to stock up on their butter because they use only pure and preservative-free cream from 100% Canadian milk produced by Gay Leaโ€™s 1,200 local dairy farmers. 

Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:

1 Cup Gay Lea Butter, Softened
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/8 tsp salt, Sifted
2 1/2 Cups Flour, Sifted
1 Cup Almonds, Finely Chopped
1 Cup Candied Cherries, Chopped roughly

 

Directions:

Cream Butter and Sugar together then add vanilla. 

Slowly beat in flour and salt until fully incorporated.

Add nuts and cherries and mix until combined.

Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies

Remove dough from mixing bowl to a flat surface.

Form two even ballsof dough and roll each into a long squared log.

 

Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies

Roll the logs into wax paper and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F.

 

Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies

Slice logs into slices about 1/4 inch thick.

Bake on cookie sheets for 8 minutes.

Cool slightly on baking sheet before removing to cooling racks.

 

These Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies are a classic Christmas Cookie Recipe featuring candied cherries and ground almonds. Make the dough ahead then slice and bake when ready!

 

 

*Tip:  You can tell cookies are done when they lose the shine.

 *Tip: Store in air-tight freezer bags for up to 3 months (in the freezer).

 

These Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies are a classic Christmas Cookie Recipe featuring candied cherries and ground almonds. Make the dough ahead then slice and bake when ready!

 

Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Butter Softened
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt Sifted
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour Sifted
  • 1 Cup Almonds Finely Chopped
  • 1 Cup Candied Cherries Chopped roughly
Instructions
  1. Cream Butter and Sugar together then add vanilla.
  2. Slowly beat in flour and salt until fully incorporated.
  3. Add nuts and cherries and mix until combined.
  4. Remove dough from mixing bowl to a flat surface.
  5. Form two even ballsof dough and roll each into a long squared log.
  6. Roll the logs into wax paper and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. Slice logs into slices about 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Bake on cookie sheets for 8 minutes.
  10. Cool slightly on baking sheet before removing to cooling racks.
Recipe Notes

*Tip: You can tell cookies are done when they lose the shine.
*Tip: Store in air-tight freezer bags for up to 3 months (in the freezer).

These Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies are a classic Christmas Cookie Recipe featuring candied cherries and ground almonds. Make the dough ahead then slice and bake when ready!

 

Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Mom Central Canada and this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

 

17 thoughts on “Stained Glass Window Shortbread Cookies

  1. I would have never thought to cut them like that definitely trying this recipe. not sure if I can get a nice square mine may be round.

  2. Oh these look yum! I love the idea of different shaping. I might have to try whipping these up for my goodies gift for my Auntie! She would absolutely love these.

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