Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies


An easy slice-and-bake shortbread cookie with plenty of orange and cranberry flavor. The dough needs at least 4 hours of refrigeration time before baking--but will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins
32 shortbread cookies


  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • 1 ½ tablespoons grated orange zest

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups dried cranberries


  1. Mix together flour, salt, baking powder, and ginger in a small bowl.

  2. Cream together butter and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract until thoroughly incorporated. Add in 1/2 of the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Mix in remaining flour mixture until just combined. Stir in cranberries.

  3. Form dough into a 9x2 1/2-inch rectangular log. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

  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 into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets and sprinkle the top of each cookie with a little additional white sugar.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until edges of cookies just begin to brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool 5 minutes on baking sheets before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

93 Calories
4g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 93
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 12mg 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.

You’ll Also Love