Cherry Shortbread Bites
1 cup margarine or butter softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tbs orange juice or water
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
20 candied cherries cut into quarters
Glaze: 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 300.
In large bowl beat margarine or butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, orange juice, almond extract and vanilla. Mix well. Press dough into ungreased 13x9 pan. With knife, score or mark dough into squares 10 across and 8 down. Press a cherry piece into each square.
Bake at 300 for 25-30 minutes or until light golden brown. Do not overbake. With knife immediately cut through scoring to separate bars.
Place chocolate chips into a small sealable plastic bag and close tightly. Place in bowl of very hot tap water and knead until chocolate in melted. Pat bag dry. Snip a very small opening in corner of bag and pipe a thin zigzag of chocolate over warm shortbread.