Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies with Apricots


I was searching to make the perfect citrus-y cranberry shortbread cookie, but it always felt like something was missing. So on a final attempt, when I didn't have enough dried cranberries to make a full recipe, I threw in some dried apricots and bam! That was it! They add the perfect backdrop flavor to these shortbread cookies!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 10 mins
32 cookies


  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 large oranges, zested

  • 1 cup finely chopped dried cranberries

  • ½ cup finely chopped dried apricots


  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl; mix together.

  2. Cream butter in a large bowl using an electric blender until fluffy and lightened in color slightly. Add sugar and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, several more minutes. Mix in vanilla and orange zest. Add flour mixture in 3 batches and mix until just combined, kneading the last addition by hand. Knead in cranberries and apricots.

  3. Divide dough in half and roll out into two 1 1/2x7-inch long logs. Wrap each log in parchment paper and refrigerate until dough is chilled, at least 4 hours.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  5. Remove dough from the refrigerator and cut each log into about 16 slices that are 1/3-inch thick. Place slices 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies just begin to turn slightly golden on bottom, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

110 Calories
6g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 110
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 54mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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