These tender, buttery cranberry orange shortbread cookies are so much fun to make! Just bursting with wintry holiday flavor!

Stack of cranberry orange shortbread cookies on a wooden coaster, with a jar of dried cranberries and a whole orange in the background.

It’s November people! Can you believe it??

This morning I saw a Christmas commercial on tv and I got all warm and fuzzy. I think I’m really ready for the holiday season!

And I’ve got a great way to kick it off for us: Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies!

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies: I couldn't get over all the amazing, wintry flavor these had! Perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. #food #desserts #cookies

A) They’re cookies, which, duh. I don’t think there is any better way to celebrate the holidays than with cookies. Pretty sure Santa would agree.

And B) Cranberry orange! So perfectly wintry! When I taste these flavors it takes me straight to chilly days, raking leaves, Thanksgiving, and holiday shopping.

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies: I couldn't get over all the amazing, wintry flavor these had! Perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. #food #desserts #cookies

And the cranberry orange flavor really comes through in these sweet little shortbread cookies. At the first bite, it’s like, whoa. No doubt about it. It’s a cranberry orange party in your mouth.

I think you’ll love the tender-crisp texture and buttery flavor too. Just be sure to chop your dried cranberries very finely, otherwise you might have a little trouble cutting out your shapes.

I’m including links to some of my most-favoritest cutout cookie tools just below the recipe card, so be sure to keep scrolling! These tools make cookie baking foolproof and so much fun!

Happy November!

Platter of cranberry orange shortbread cookies, in front of a maroon background with whole orange and dried cranberries in the background.

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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

These tender, buttery cranberry orange shortbread cookies are so much fun to make! Just bursting with wintry holiday flavor!

Prep Time 45 minutes Cook Time 12 minutes Total Time 57 minutes
Yields 50 cookies, approximately     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • between 3 and 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries, very finely chopped
  • zest of one medium orange

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, and beat on medium-low speed until smooth.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, and continue to beat until incorporated.
  4. Add 3 cups of the flour, the cornstarch, and salt, and stir on low speed until a stiff dough has formed.
  5. If the dough still feels sticky, add more flour (1/4 cup at a time) until it pulls away cleanly from the sides of the bowl.
  6. Stir in the dried cranberries and orange zest.
  7. Between 2 sheets of parchment paper, roll the dough to a thickness of 1/8-inch.
  8. Use a 2 1/2-inch fluted round cookie cutter to cut shapes.
  9. Place the unbaked cookies on the prepared baking sheets, and bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden around the edges.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 82kcal Calories from fat 35
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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