I'm a bit Christmas-y lately and baked shortbread cookies adding two of my favorite Christmas goodie ingredients, candied cherries and golden raisins. I baked the paciencia with red and green swirls, the recipe will be on a future post.
Cherry Sultana Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons tapioca flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped red candied cherries
½ cup green candies cherries
½ cup coarsely chopped sultanas (golden raisins)
3 tablespoons cherry brandy
- Soak sultanas in brandy for 1 hour. Drain, reserving the brandy, then toss them in 1 tablespoon of the flour. Set aside. Whisk together the rest of the flour, tapioca flour, and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium speed until softened. Gradually add sugar and beat on medium-high until fluffy. Add milk and reserved cherry brandy and beat on low for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and beat until smooth. Add the flour mixture and beat on low until well incorporated. Stir in cherries and golden raisins.
- Shape into two 9 inch-long logs. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut the logs into ¼ inch-thick slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheets 1 inch apart and bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are nicely browned. Remove from baking sheets and let cookies cool on wire racks. Store in airtight containers.