Chocolate Cherry Balsamic Goat Cheese Shortbread

Decadent, melting chocolate bread with semi-sweet chocolate and dried cherries and a touch of chevre and balsamic vinegar!
Are you ready for this chocolate bread, cherries, and balsamic goat cheese? the mixture of flavors may sound a bit strange for a cookie, but it’s absolutely amazing! I often combine two or three of those flavors in numerous recipes and this sand cookie brings all together in a very magical experience for your mouth! Butter loaf usually consists of butter, sugar, and flour and for this butter loaf, I started replacing 1/2 the butter with chevre. Then it absolutely was the balsamic flavor I introduced by halving a balsamic vinegar to form a balsamic reduction that may concentrate the flavor. I added the chocolate in two ways, replacing a part of the flour with chocolate and adding large pieces of chocolate. The last piece of those creamy cookies is the dried cherries which further enhance that sweet, salty, and caky combo. This chocolate, cherry, and chevre cookies are going to be the highlight of your vacation cookie dish this year.

Chocolate Cherry Balsamic Goat Cheese Shortbread

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 24 minutes Servings: 24

Decadent, melt in your mouth buttery chocolate shortbread with dark chocolate and dried cherries along with a hint of goat cheese and balsamic vinegar!


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (8 ounces) goat cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar reduction
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate, coarsely chopped


  1. Cream the butter, goat cheese, and sugar before mixing in the balsamic reduction.
  2. Mix the flour, powder, and salt.
  3. Mix the flour mixture into the butter and goat cheese mixture until just combined and mix in the dried cherries and chocolate.
  4. Form into the desired shape, about 1/4 inch thick, place them on a parchment-lined baking pan and bake in a preheated 325F/170C oven until they just start to turn lightly golden brown on the bottom, about 10-15 minutes.

Tip: Make a balsamic reduction by simmering balsamic vinegar until it has a thick, syrupy consistency, about 1/2 the original volume.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 145, Fat 8.6g (Saturated 5.6, Trans 0), Cholesterol 21mg, Sodium 76mg, Carbs 13.6g (Fiber 0.9g, Sugars 6.3g), Protein 1.2g

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