I'm hardly a baking blogger, but I do love a good cookie. These cranberry shortbreads have been on my holiday baking list for well over a decade and is my most requested holiday recipe. They freeze perfectly, making them one of the first cookies I make every December.
Take them to cookie exchanges. Bring them to a hostess. Add them to a cookie box. You can't go wrong with these easy, buttery holiday cookies.
- Baking powder
- Dried cranberries
How to Make Cranberry Shortbread Cookies
Using a mixer, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy.
Add in the egg and vanilla and mix until blended. Add flour and baking powder to the butter mixture. Stir until incorporated.
Stir in dried cranberries.
Form dough into logs aprox 2 ½” inches diameter.
Wrap in parchment paper or wax paper and refrigerate until dough is firm, at least 2 hrs. (I often leave mine overnight.)
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove dough from wax paper.
Place on a cutting board and using a sharp knife, cut into slices aprox ¼ inch thick.
Place dough about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until set, but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet and cool on wire rack.
FAQs and Substitutions
Nope. This is no time for substitutions. Butter is a main ingredient in this recipe so only use real, dairy butter. Do not use vegan butter or butter substitutes. If you don't eat dairy butter, this is not the recipe for you.
No. You absolutely MUST chill the cookie dough for at least 2 hours before you slice and bake it. Feel free to chill it longer, or even overnight if desired.
Toasted chopped pecans, diced dried cherries, chopped chocolate, or toffee bits are all great substitutions for the dried cranberries.
YES!! It's one of my favorite things about these cookies - they're very freezer friendly. You can freeze as dough in logs - slice it first! - then thaw overnight in the fridge and bake. Or you can bake the entire batch and freeze the baked cookies. (This is what I do.) Thaw the baked cookies at room temperature, or place frozen into cookie boxes for shipping or gifting. They'll thaw en route.