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Cranberry Orange Brown Sugar Shortbread


These Cranberry Orange Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies are a delicious slice and bake Christmas cookie! A rich and buttery brown sugar shortbread with tart cranberries and sweet orange zest.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange zest
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries


  1. Cream together the butter and brown sugar until the mixture is soft and fluffy.
  2. Stir in the orange zest.
  3. Add the flour slowly, and mix well.
  4. Chop the dried cranberries into small pieces, and add them to the batter. Mix well.
  5. You will find the dough quite dry, but don’t worry it’s supposed to be like that. Just mix the dough with your hands until if firms up into a ball, then make 2 balls.
  6. Once the dough is firm, roll each ball in parchment paper to make 2 logs, 2″ in diameter. Wrap each log tightly. One batch to bake now, and one to bake later!
  7. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  8. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Cut the log into 1/4″ slices, and bake for ~10 minutes.

Keywords: brown sugar shortbread, Christmas cookies, cranberry orange shortbread, shortbread cookies