Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Shortbread1Shortbread cookies are one of my favorites, yet I always seem to forget about making them when I’m deciding what to bake next.  They’re so simple, but so light and delicious.  When I found a recipe for shortbread cookies with dried cranberries, I knew they’d be a perfect baking project during this past weekend’s blizzard.

I indulged in these after I had enough of shoveling out my car.  No, I didn’t finish.  Here’s why.12592332_1022980357725263_4892946242568745629_n

I cut my cookies in traditional round shapes.  If you don’t have a circular cookie cutter you can always use a glass or jar lid.  Or, get creative and make your cookies any shape of your choosing.  Regardless of shape, and whether or not you are living in a winter wonderland, I am sure you’ll like these cookies.

Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

  • Difficulty: easy
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2 c all-purpose flour
¼ t salt
1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
½ c powdered sugar
1 t vanilla extract
¼ c dried cranberries, chopped

  • In a large bowl, sift the flour and salt.
  • Cream butter and powdered sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  • Reduce the speed to low and beat in the flour mixture and dried cranberries until just incorporated.
  • Gather dough and form a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to chill.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper or silpat.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut with a round cookie cutter. Place on the prepared baking sheets and refrigerate for another 15 minutes.
  • Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned.
  • Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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2 Responses to Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

  1. thecraftysideofsarcasm says:

    Yum, these look devine. I love cranberries in cookies. When they bake they’re a little chewy, I love it. I hope everyone made it through the snow storm ok.

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