Shortbread Cookies with Pistachios and Cranberries

Light and tasty recipe for twist on basic shortbread with pistachios and cranberries. Store in airtight container until ready to serve.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
48 cookies


  • ½ cup unsalted shelled pistachios

  • ½ cup dried cranberries

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • cup cornstarch

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest

  • ¼ cup cranberry sauce, or more to taste


  1. Chop pistachios until finely chopped. Chop cranberries.

  2. Combine butter, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl; beat until fluffy. Mix in pistachios, cranberries, cornstarch, and orange zest until well combined.

  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Poke the center of each ball with a floured finger until it makes a deep dimple. Fill with about 1/4 teaspoon cranberry sauce. Chill the cookies for about 20 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  5. Transfer chilled cookies to a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

  6. Working in batches, bake cookies in the preheated oven, one sheet at a time, until the edges begin to turn light brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining batches.

  7. Roll in powdered sugar just before serving, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

76 Calories
6g Fat
5g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 76
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 16mg 0%

* 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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