Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

The addition of cranberries to these buttery-tasting shortbread cookies make them an ideal holiday gift.

80 units
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 30 min

Standing 2 h

50 calories per unit 


1 cup butter, unsalted, diced   200 g
1 cup sugar   200 g
3/4 cup dried cranberries   100 g
1 tsp vanilla extract   5 mL
3 cups pastry flour   400 g
1/4 tsp baking powder   0.4 g
1/3 cup milk, partly skimmed, 2%   85 mL

Before you start

A blender or food processor will be very useful for this recipe.


Preparing the dough

  1. Whisk the butter, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl with a blender, until the mixture becomes pale, about 5 min.
  2. Add the cranberries to the mixture, then mix well. In another bowl, mix the flour together with the baking powder. Incorporate this mixture to the cranberry-butter mixture.
  3. Roll the dough into one or two 1 ½ inch (4 cm) thick rolls then wrap them in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 h. The cooling step will make the dough easier to cut into cookies.

Baking the cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350º. Line a large baking sheet (about 30 x 38 cm) with parchment paper.
  2. Lightly flour a work surface. Cut the rolls into 1/3 inch (¾ cm) cookies. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 5 mm apart.
  3. Brush the cookies with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Bake in the middle of the oven until the cookies turn light brown around the edges, about 12 min depending on the cookies' size and thickness. Let the cookies stand on the sheet 1 min, then using a metal spatula transfer them to racks.
  5. When completely cooled, the cookies may be stored in airtight containers at room temperature.


The dough can be prepared ahead and kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, or up to 2 months in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 unit (10g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




2 g

3 %

Saturated 1.5 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

7 %


5 mg


1 mg

0 %


7 g

2 %


0 g

1 %


3 g


0.5 g

Vitamin A

2 %

Vitamin C

0 %


0 %


2 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 0 serving
Grain Products: ¼ serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: 0 serving

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Low :

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This recipe is in the following categories: Desserts | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | Kosher | Low Sodium | Vegetarian | Christmas | British

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