These addictive shortbread cookies from pastry chef Umber Ahmad are chocolaty and buttery, and studded with chewy bits of dried cherries. Their secret ingredient: grated lime zest, which adds a subtle flavor.
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3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened black cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
How to Make It
In a bowl, sift the flour with both cocoa powders and salt. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter with the 1/4 cup of sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy. Beat in the zest. Beat in the flour mixture at low speed until the dough comes together. Add the cherries; beat until incorporated.
Scrape the dough onto a work surface and pat it into a disk; roll it between 2 sheets of parchment paper to a 1/4-inch thickness and refrigerate on a baking sheet until firm, 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Peel off the top sheet of parchment from the dough. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter, stamp out cookies. Arrange the cookies 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Re-roll the scraps between parchment paper and stamp out more cookies; arrange on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake the cookies in the middle of the oven for 13 minutes, until just set. Let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.