Cranberry shortbread cookies are a sweet and easy cookie recipe packed with dried cranberries, pecans, and then dipped in dark chocolate for a decadent treat.
Shortbread cookies are a soft and buttery cookie that's easy to make. Adding dried cranberries and chopped pecans into the mix makes them even better. Of course, dipping them in dark chocolate is another glorious way to serve up these chewy, buttery, and light cookies.
Cranberries, pecans, and chocolate are a winning combination. The crunchy and nutty mixed with sweet, rich, and tart all play well together in this holiday cookie recipe.
Cranberry shortbread ingredients
- Powdered sugar
- Almond extract
- Dried cranberries
- Dark Chocolate
What you’ll need to make this recipe
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Tips for making cranberry shortbread cookies recipe
Shortbread cookies don't contain any leavening agents and are a very simple cookie by nature. The most important thing is to make sure to chill the dough before baking as that will keep the cookies from spreading, allowing them to maintain their round shapes.
Make sure to use unsalted butter or to omit the additional salt if using salted butter or else you may find these cookies saltier than expected.
FAQs about cranberry shortbread recipe
3 days. You can make this dough up to 3 days in advance and keep it stored in the fridge.
Absolutely! These cookies freeze very well and taste incredible too. Freeze the dough log raw or freeze the cookies after they've been cooked. If dipping in chocolate, I recommend waiting until cookies are thawed so that the chocolate doesnt sweat as it thaws.
How to make Cranberry Shortbread cookies
In a mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar until well mixed.
Add in the almond extract and then mix again.
Add in the flour, dried cranberries, and pecans, mix again until distributed.
Lay a piece of parchment paper and spread out your cookie dough into a log.
Tightly roll the dough up in the parchment paper and then wrap well in plastic wrap to help keep it from drying out and to maintain shape.
Chill for at least an hour, preferably overnight.
Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and then slice into ¼ inch thick slices.
Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet and then bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
Let cool on a cooling rack over a baking sheet.
In a small bowl, melt your dark chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
Dip half of the cookies in the chocolate and return to the cooling rack until set.
Keep cookies stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
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Cranberry Shortbread Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup dark chocolate
- Combine butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until well blended.
- Add in almond extract and mix again.
- Add in the flour, dried cranberries, and chopped pecans. Mix until distributed.
- On a piece of parchment paper, lay your dough out into a log shape and then tightly roll up the dough with the paper.
- Wrap the parchment rolled dough log in plastic wrap, twist the ends, and tuck them under. place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
- Remove dough from fridge and unwrap it. Slice into ¼ inch thick slices and arrange 2 inches apart on your baking sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges are lightly browned.
- Let cool on wire rack over baking sheet.
- Melt your dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring well between each until smooth.
- Dip half of each cookie into the chocolate and place back onto wire racks to set. Continue until all cookies have been coated or drizzle chocolate over others.
- Keep cookies stored in an airtight container for up to a week.