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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Cranberry orange shortbread cookies are simple to make but are bursting with SO much flavor! They are rolled in coarse sugar, then sliced and baked!
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Scottish
Keyword: cranberry orange cookies, cranberry orange shortbread, Shortbread recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 188kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tsp orange zest 1 large orange
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups turbinado sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium sized bowl or the bowl of a hand or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the 1 cup butter and 1/2 cup confectioners sugar together on low until light and airy, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Add the 2 tsp orange zest and 1 tsp vanilla extract and mix lightly to combine. Add in 1/3rd cup dried cranberries, the 2 cups of flour, and 1/4 tsp kosher salt. Mix until a unified dough forms.
  • Shape and roll the dough into an even log. It's helpful to wrap it lightly in plastic wrap and roll. Chill the dough for 2 hours. Pour the turbinado sugar out onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll the chilled log all over the sugar until it is completely covered. Using a long sharp knife in a sawing back and forth motion, cut 1/2" slices of dough. Try to keep them as even as possible.
  • Line the cookies 1 1/2" apart on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until firm.


Turbinado sugar is coarse sugar or sugar in the raw
You can substitute regular sugar for turbinado sugar it just wont have the same crunchy texture
Substitute other add ins like nuts or other dried fruit. 


Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 188 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 26mg1%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 236IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.