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Helen McKinney's Famous Almond Cherry Shortbread

My mom is Helen McKinney and this is her famous recipe for Almond Cherry Shortbread. It is an icebox cookie perfect for gift giving and divinely delish!
Course Cookies
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Author Valerie Lugonja


  • 1 cup butter , room temperature
  • 1 cup golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup red and green glazed cherries , chopped
  • 1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds , chopped
  • 2 cups flour


  1. Place all ingredients into a large bowl; combine well with hands
  2. Form into 2 logs; wrap in plastic or parchment
  3. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use; preheat oven to 350F
  4. Slice into 1/2 inch slices; place on parchment covered cookie sheet
  5. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes