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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 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 edible gifts for Christmas too.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: christmas cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 205 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 225 g plain flour
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 150 g butter
  • 2 oranges - zest and juice
  • 50 g dried cranberries
  1. In a large bowl, sift the flour and add the butter, and rub it in until the flour resembles breadcrumbs.

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

  3. Work the dough into a large sausage shape.

  4. Transfer to the fridge for at least one hour.

  5. Use a sharp knife to cut the roll into 1/2 cm thick slices and spread them on a baking tray.

  6. Bake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) 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.

  7. The cookies will still be soft when out of the oven, but will harden once cooled.

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Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 90mg4%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 362IU7%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.