Orange-Zested Cranberry Shortbread

25 cookies
30 min

This delightful cookie recipe originated when I was creating cookie tins for my annual Christmas cookie tin orders. This cookie we enjoy year round, and doesn't have to be just a holiday cookie. The combination of the buttery short bread, tart cranberries and tangy orange zest come together beautifully to create a scrumptious shortbread. Surprise a neighbor or friend with a batch of these. They are sure to be a delight! Rolling the dough into the log and cutting into slices is my favorite way to make these. get creative and use all shapes of cookie cutters with kids for a fun activity! Enjoy friends!

Orange-Zested Cranberry Shortbread
Recipe details
  • 25  cookies
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • Extra sugar to sprinkle on dough

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
In a food processor, chop 1/2 cup of cranberries with only 1/4 cup of sugar until chopped into small pieces.
Combine flour and the other 1/2 cup of sugar into a large bowl. Use a fork or pastry cutter to cut the cold butter into the flour mixture. The end result should be very fine crumbs.
Mix in the cranberry-sugar mixture, the almond extract, orange zest, and fresh orange juice.
Knead the dough with your hands until it forms into a ball of dough. It will be very messy and sticky at first, but as you knead the butter with form together helping create a dough.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Remove the dough from the fridge and sprinkle a clean surface with flour. You have two options for how to cut your cookies. 1.)Using a rolling pin roll your dough out about 1/2 inch thick. Using cookies cutters to cut shapes out. If the dough is too sticky, sprinkle a bit of flour on the surface. 2.) Just form your dough into a long log and slice your cookies about 1/2 inch thick.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Sprinkle cookies with extra sugar.
Bake cookies for 12-16 minutes or until cookies are no longer doughy.
Let cookies cool, and ENJOY!
Haley Herridge
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