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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies. Soft, orange flavored shortbread cookies with bits of cranberry. Festive and delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time4 hrs
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Keyword: Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
Servings: 47 cookies


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter


  • Place sugar and orange zest in food processor. Process for 1 minute.
  • Add cardamom, salt, orange juice, and cranberries. Pulse several times, until cranberries start turning into small bits.
  • Then add flour. Process until well combined, about 30 seconds.
  • Cut butter into ~1/4" slices and sprinkle over top of flour mixture. Process again until a soft dough forms.
  • Remove dough from processor and form into a large cylinder, about 3 inches in width and 15 inches in diameter. Cover in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Cut dough into ~1/4" slices. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until tops start to turn golden. Let cool on sheet for at least 3 minutes before removing to cooling rack.