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Cranberry orange shortbread is flavorful and easy to make and great for holidays
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Cranberry Orange Shortbread

A flavorful cranberry orange shortbread great for holiday entertaining.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry, orange, shortbread
Servings: 12
Calories: 282kcal


  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar Yes, more sugar, the first sugar is to mix with the cranberries, so I put them separate so it would not be confusing
  • 1 cup softened butter or at least not rock hard
  • 1 tbs orange juice (I just squeezed in juice from the orange I zested.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • In a food processor, or a bowl, combine orange zest, cranberries, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Pulse to break cranberries down in size a bit so they are easier to eat in the cookies.
  • In a bowl stir together flour and 1/2 cup sugar
  • Cut butter into the bowl, and then use a wooden spoon or your hands to combine the mixture together. It will be a sandy texture.
  • Stir in orange juice, vanilla, and cranberry mixture, and combine well
  • Lay out a piece of plastic wrap, and dump 1/3 the shortbread dough onto it, roll it into a log. It will still be crumbly, so use the plastic wrap to help you get it to hold together. Repeat for the rest of the dough.
  • Put the rolls of shortbread dough into a Hefty Quart Freezer Slider Bag, and label
  • When ready to bake, pull out of freezer, preheat oven to 350
  • Slice about 1 centimeter or so thick
  • Place on sprayed cookie sheet and bake 8-10 minutes
  • Let rest on sheet 2 minutes, then move to cooling rack
  • Let cool and enjoy


If you do not want to freeze the dough, and want to use it immediately, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, and bake only 6-8 minutes, until slightly browned on edges.


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 35mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1.2mg