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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Chilling Time
1 hr
Total Time
25 mins

Cranberry and Orange Shortbread Cookies, the perfect Christmas baking treats to make with your kids. These flavourful shortbread cookies are buttery and soft, nearly melting in your mouth, and the addition of dried cranberries and orange gives them a lovely festive touch. So easy to make, with a few simple ingredients, these shortbread cookies are the best you can find. Great as edibile gifts for Christmas too.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: christmas cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 195 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 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 1/2 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
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Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 89mg4%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 310IU6%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.