Christmas Goodies

Orange Cranberry Shortbread Recipe

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Gingerbread, egg nog, chocolate and peppermint are all wonderful, holiday flavors.  But when those get a little old, or you need something more zippy and fresh – go for orange cranberry!  On their own, I’m not a fan. Put them in shortbread, and I’m all over it.  I love these cookies!  They are really simple to make and taste absolutely heavenly. If you love shortbread – that buttery, floury, sugary bread – you’ll adore this take on it!  The orange and cranberry work together to bring in a extra sweetness, tartness and pop to the cookie!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon orange or mandarin zest
  • 2 cups flour (sifted)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries



Make them:

Beat butter, sugar, extract and salt for at least 2 minutes on medium high speed.

Sift your flour and add that with the mixer on low.  Don’t over mix -just mix until the flour is fully incorporated.

Fold in orange zest and cranberries.

Create logs with the dough.  This recipe makes 2 logs with about an inch and a half diameter each. Wrap those in plastic wrap and leave in the freezer for 2 hours. 

Preheat oven to 325F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Slice into cookies about 1/4 inch thick, then place them on the cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.  Bake for 20-30 minutes until edges are golden brown.

Leave cookies on the baking sheet for 1 minute after you take them out of the oven, then move them to a cooling rack.  ENJOY!


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Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious. If you’re a normal person that loves to bake or cook and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.


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