Christmas recipes/ Desserts

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies, the best Christmas baking treats. They are perfectly soft, crumbly, buttery, pure delish.

Cranberry Orange Cookies with 2 halves of an orange, and a cup of coffee


Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la la! So, Christmas again! Ah, don’t you just love this time of the year? With the preparations in full swing and Christmas tree already up, there is no time to rest.

I have in mind a few dishes that l would like to cook for the big day, but today l’ll be sharing a lovely recipe for shortbread cookies.

I am a big fan of shortbread cookies/biscuits, I often have them with a nice cup of tea. Although lately I haven’t said no to coffee either.

Oranges and cranberries together say Christmas, what a lovely fragrance! There is nothing I love more than being joyful, baking and spending time with my loved one!

After all, that’s what celebration is all about, sharing the magic with families and friends. And, of course, sharing some cookies too 🙂 So, what are your favourite cakes/cookies you bake for Christmas?

Collage of 4 photos to show how to make cranberry orange shortbread cookies


I can’t possibly imagine Christmas without the fresh aroma of cookies in the oven. It’s one of those smell that stays with you for the rest of your life, and takes you back to your childhood days whenever you fill your kitchen with it.

And I can’t imagine Christmas without mum cooking and baking. And without that harsh cold that freezes your face. That’s the Christmas of my childhood, and these are my dearest memories.

I so wish I could offer my little girls the same happy moments I spent as a child. I know that times have changed. Christmas in the city is not the same with my Christmas in the countryside.

But there is still the baking, decorating the Christmas tree, spending time with the loved ones. And there is laughter, and joy. And that’s more than enough.

Overhead shot of a white plate with 4 cranberry orange shortbread cookies

But anyway, let’s focus on these beauties now. Not too much to say, since they are dead easy to make, and apart from the chilling time, it doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to prepare them. And another 15-20 minutes or so in the oven.

But! It is crucial for the oven to be pre-heated before popping the cookies in. Also, the dough must be refrigerated before cutting it into cookies, I would say at least one hour.

And the secret to baking the best shortbread cookies is using salted butter. I usually use unsalted butter for pretty much everything else, but for these cookies, salted it the best.

Together with the butter, sugar, cranberries and the orange aroma, you get the perfect combo for some seriously delicious cookies. No need to buy shortbread cookies this year, I’ve got the best recipe.

If you want some more christmassy cookies, how about Soft Gingerbread Man Cookies? Or perhaps Christmas Linzer Cookies?

Crnaberry Orange Shortbread Cookies with 2 halves of oranges

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4.34 from 3 votes
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Chilling Time
1 hr
Total Time
25 mins

Cranberry orange shortbread cookies, the best Christmas baking treats. Buttery, soft, crumbly, sheer perfection.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: christmas cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 195 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 225 g plain flour
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 150 g butter
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 50 g dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange essence
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. (360 Fahrenheit).
  2. In a large bowl, sift the flour and add the butter, and rub it in until the flour resembles breadcrumbs.

  3. Add the sugar, cranberries, orange essence and orange zest, then the orange juice and knead gently until the mixture forms a dough.

  4. Work the dough into a large sausage shape.
  5. Transfer to the fridge for at least one hour.

  6. Use a sharp knife to cut the roll into 1 cm thick slices and spread them on a baking tray.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cookies are firm to touch, but careful not to bake them for too long, otherwise the colour will turn into golden brown, and we want a light golden colour.
  8. The cookies will still be soft when out of the oven, but will harden once cooled.

Recipe Notes
  • Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Potassium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6.2%
Vitamin C 0.9%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    December 3, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Another great holiday treat!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      December 3, 2015 at 6:32 am

      Thank you ?

  • Reply
    November 3, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Could you freeze the dough?

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      November 3, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Hello! Thank you for your comment! I have not tried to freeze the dough, so l do not know if freezing would change the texture in any way. I would probably cut the dough into cookies and freeze them uncooked, and bake when needed, rather than wait for the dough to thaw and then cut into cookies. It might be a quicker process. Let me know if that helps.

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