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cranberry orange shortbread cookies
5 from 3 votes

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

CRANBERRY ORANGE SHORTBREAD COOKIES are easy to make with pops of sweet tangy cranberries and are bursting with fresh orange essence.

Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword cookies, easy and fast dessert, holiday
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Refrigerating Time 20 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 103 kcal
Author Madalaine


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups flour


  1. Cream butter, sugar, and salt together.

  2. Add the orange extract and zest.

  3. Add one egg yolk at a time. Mix each yolk into dough completely and scrape the sides of the bowl before adding the next yolk.

  4. Mix in cranberries.

  5. Slowly add flour and blend until just combined.

  6. Scrape dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a 2 inch thick log. Chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.

  7. Unwrap dough and slice into 1/4 inch disks.

  8. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 15 minutes.

  9. Take cookies out of oven and let them sit on the baking sheet for 2 - 3 minutes before removing and placing on cooking rack.

Recipe Notes

Traditional Scottish shortbread is made with butter, sugar and flour - not eggs, flavoring or other liquid.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 178IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.