Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookie

Low Sodium
These easy shortbread cookies are a tasty treat that feature cranberries and citrus.


3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
3/4 cup white sugar, divided
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cold unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons chilled orange juice


1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Place cranberries and 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor. Pulse until cranberries are cut into smaller pieces.

3. In a large bowl, combine flour and remaining sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or fork until mixture looks like very fine crumbs. Add cranberry mixture (made in step 2), vanilla, lemon zest and orange juice to the bowl. Use your hands to knead the dough into a ball, then shape it into a log about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 325 F.

5. Cut dough log into ¼-inch-thick slices (cookies). Place cookies on the baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set.

6. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring onto a cooling rack. Place leftovers in an air-tight container.

Makes 30 servings
Recipe contains: wheat, egg
Carb choices per serving: 1

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First Published: 12/02/2021
Last Reviewed: 12/02/2021

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Swap out the cranberries for any dried fruit you like such as apricot, tart cherry or blueberry.
cranberry orange shortbread cookies