Thursday, December 06, 2012

Lime Shortbread with Dried Cherries—12 Weeks of Christmas Treats

Lime Shortbread with dried cherries 12-5-12

Anyone else NOW starting to feel  in total shock that Christmas is so close?  I’ve been known to stress out a bit as I work to get all the things done I’d like during the holidays, which usually involves lots of baking, but decided this year, I’m just not going to worry.  It is what it is, whatever will be, will be.  That said, there is lots to do! ;)  Like make more cookies!  So here’s to week 11 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats—Lime Shortbread with Dried Cherries.

I found this recipe in the December issue of Taste of Home.  It was submitted by Abigail Bostwick of Tomahawk, Wisconsin.  She said the recipe can also be made with orange zest and dried cranberries.  I’m sure they would be good, but I love the lime and cherries combo.

These are a simple shortbread with lime zest added and chopped dried cherries.  After making the dough, it is formed in to two logs and chilled for a few hours.  These slice and bake cookies are great.  If you like shortbread and especially lime, you’ll really like these.  The tart dried cherries I used are a lot darker than the ones used in the magazine photo, so the red would look better on a Christmas tray, but it doesn’t really matter—they’re just as good, I’m sure.

Though it’s kind of funny, Kevin walked in the room after I’d finished baking them and saw this---

Lime Shrotbread

“What’s up with the Dalmatian cookies?” ;)

I’m torn about leaving the recipe here.  I didn’t change a thing so I’ll just have you go to the Taste of Home link above, which just takes you to the website home page.  You need to sign up (free) to get their recipes.  I’ve always enjoyed Taste of Home magazine because the recipes are all submitted from home bakers just like all of us and I don’t recall being disappointed.

12Lime Shortbread with dried cherries

Only one more week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats blog hop, hosted by Brenda from Meal Planning Magic.


sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

oh those sound nice:)

Suzanne said...

Love, love, love these! Can't wait to make them. It's kinda like having my favorite Cherry Limeade, only not. Looking forward to tasting these babies!

Anonymous said...

Love the sound of the lime and cherries together! I too get Taste of Home magazine and I really like it also. Cooking with ingredients you actually have :)

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I love dried cherries! Great dalmatian!

Baking Ribbons said...

Love shortbread, love lime! And cherries are antioxidants! Yummy and healthy!! Butter, shmutter!!!

Unknown said...

These sound delicious!!! I'll definitely be trying them :)

Kristen said...

I'm totally stressing now that it does seem so close!
Loving this recipe!

Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction said...

Christmas is just around the corner. Your "dalmation" cookies look lovely.

Nancy @ gottagetbaked said...

lol they DO look like dalmations! This sounds like a killer combo of flavours and textures. I love dried cherries and never though to pair it with lime. This sounds like a great cookie to make for the holidays. And I like your "no-stress" attitude. It's the holidays - time to bake and eat our lil hearts out with family 'n friends!