Cranberry and orange flavors meld beautifully in this vibrant, and buttery shortbread. It is delicious, easy to make, and a great gifting idea for the holidays!
If your holidays are anything like mine then you probably have a lot of demands on your time. Good demands, but demands none the less. In my industry, it is Q4, which means everyone is doing their end of year spends, and there is a lot of work to do. Add to that family, traditions, school, kids being out of school, and all those other things, and well…frankly it can be exhausting trying to keep up.
I am exhausted just writing about it. But you know what? There are ways to cut down the chaos and enjoy the time you do have with family and friends a little more by doing a few things ahead of time. Like freezing holiday treats.
One thing I love making ahead are my cookie. The holidays are just known for cookies. In fact, one of my favorite traditions is attending a cookie exchange. So today I want to talk about how to easy prepare some amazing cranberry orange shortbread cookies ahead of time, then freeze in Hefty Slider Bags. When you are ready to use them, or have unexpected holiday guests, you just have to pull them out of the freezer, slice, and bake! So eazy peazy.
Basically, when you use this method you get all the taste of homemade with the convenience of store bought. Plus this recipe is super easy so you are going to be able to whip up a batch to stick in the freezer in just ten minutes. I love that because sometimes I only have a few tiny windows of time between things, and now I can use them to be productive and get some of my holiday baking started.
So for these cookies you just mix dried cranberries and sugar together with some orange zest. I usually stick them in my food processor for a few pulses to cut the cranberries down a bit. But you could skip that. Then in a big bowl mix together some four, sugar, butter, orange juice, and vanilla. Stir in the orange zest, sugar, cranberry mix, then roll into a log and freeze!
Then the day you are ready to bake them, pull them out maybe 10-15 minutes before you are ready to bake, like while you let the oven preheat, then slice, stick them on a sprayed pan and bake! So simple. But even cooler is you can use this same cookie dough as a gift. Hefty has these darling bag toppers that you can spruce up the freezer bag so it is cute enough to gift, and just add instructions! How easy is that? And who wouldn’t want one of these tasty cookies as a holiday treat?
Let’s get to the recipe already:
Doesn’t that look fun? Okay, so don’t forget to Pin it, and don’t forget to check out the fun gift ideas and bag toppers over on the Hefty website.