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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

The following recipe and photography is courtesy of Bread Over Heels, a food scientist and blogger. For more of her recipes and baking tips, visit her website or her Instagram @breadoverheels.

If you’re on a festive cranberry baking kick like me, these Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies will be the perfect dessert for your holiday spread.

Delightfully bright and zippy, orange zest and a bit of orange juice is added to the dough for citrus flavor in every bite that complements the hearty dried cranberries.

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

The dough comes together quickly, and a fast freezing step allows for easy slicing and baking. Happy holiday baking!

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

36 Cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. orange juice
  • Zest from 1 large orange or 2 small oranges
  • 2 cups flour
  • Dash of salt
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. coarse sugar


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, orange juice and orange zest. Mix for 30 seconds on low to combine. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed until light and creamy.
  2. Add flour and a dash of salt. Mix on low speed for 1 minute until just combined. Stir in dried cranberries with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  3. Place a long sheet of wax paper on the counter. Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of wax paper. Turn dough out onto the wax paper. Use your hands to form dough into a 13-inch log. Roll tightly with wax paper. Freeze for one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Remove dough from the freezer. Slice dough into thin pieces using a sharp knife. Place slices 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until slightly golden on the edges.
  6. Let cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Interested in making this recipe? Order the ingredients online for Curbside Grocery Pickup or Delivery.

Kathleen Harsh
By Kathleen Ann
Kathleen, otherwise known as Bread Over Heels, is a Chicago-based food scientist and blogger who specializes in tasty treats.

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