Allison's Honeyed Almond-Cherry Shortbread

Ingredients

Makes 4 dozen

  • FOR THE MACERATED CHERRIES
  • 1 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated tangerine or orange zest
  • FOR THE HONEYED ALMONDS
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups lightly toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt

Description

Dried Fruit And Nuts May Be The Ingredients For Traditional Fruitcake, But Here They Shine In Allison Hedges\' Lusciously Dense Cookies. The Secret Is In The Prep Work: Cherries Are Soaked In Sherry With Citrus Zest, And Almonds Get A Salty-sweet Coating

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