12.10.2011

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies: More Cookies for Christmas


I do love shortbread cookies! Especially since you can refrigerate or freeze them and bake them as needed. I always try to have something like this in the freezer. This particular recipe is from Hannah at
Honey and Jam and it's perfect for the holidays....studded with cranberries. The orange zest stands out, as does the almond flavor. Truly a lovely shortbread and an easy-to-make cookie, too. Love that during such a busy time, don't you? 

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
From Hannah at Honey and Jam


Ingredients:
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

Method:
Beat butter with a mixer on medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Add vanilla, almond extract, orange zest and dried cranberries and beat until combined. Reduce speed to low.

Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter beating at a low speed until blended. 
Form dough into 2 logs, each about 1 1/2 inches in diameter; wrap in parchment, and refrigerate 1 hour (up to 3 days) or freeze.


Preheat oven to 350.

If frozen, let the logs stand at room temp for 10 minutes. Remove parchment. Slice logs into 1/4-inch-thick rounds, and space about 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake until pale golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool.

Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

36 comments:

  1. Your holiday cookies are always amazing. These are no exception.

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  2. I just love these log cookies, too, they are so great to have on hand. The little red flecks in yours are so festive.

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  3. I didn't think I had any more room on my "I'm going to make these next week" list, but I just gotta add these. My chocolate and nuts lovin' husband may not like 'em -- so all the more for me!

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  4. Great cookies! Those are heavenly flavors.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. These are right up my alley. I have a cookie swap next saturday and I think these make the cut! Thanks, barbara!

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  6. This is such a festive cookie. Shortbread cookies are always a big hit. I must put this on my to make list.

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  7. Another must-make. Maybe I'll just ask you to make my to-bake list this year?

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  8. Hi Barbara,

    The shortbread cookies will be so nice with the cranberry and orange and such a lovely thing to have at Christmas with a cup of tea.
    Hope you are having a lovely weekend

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  9. i love the log-and-slice cookie method! plus, very few combinations top cranberry and orange. these are lovely!

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  10. I tried shortbread cookies when I first visited Scotland some 20 years ago and I loved them. Yours look look mouthwatering especially with the cranberries!

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  11. Awwwww I love it. Absolutely amazing!!

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  12. I think I should hire you to bake my Christmas cookies, Barbara! I'm running out of time! I think the first cookie recipe I learned was a shortbread recipe, and these look like something even I could pull off, when pressed for time.

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  13. I love slice & bake cookies - they work so much better for me than rolled ones! These look very festive.

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  14. OH DEAR...this is my husband's FAVORITE! I must snatch this recipe! Oh dearest Barbara, you are so kind to come visit on this fine but chilly December morning. Many hugs and thanks to you for a DELICIOUS YEAR!!!! Anita

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  15. I'm with you in appreciating a cookie that can be frozen and baked as needed (or wanted). This recipe contains three of our favorite things: shortbread, cranberries and orange zest!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  16. They look so good! Nice flavors in there. Lovely with a cup of tea.

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  17. Shortbread is one of my favorites too, Barbara. These are lovely; they look so festive and I love the flavorings in them!

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  18. These cookies sound absolutely delicious! What a great combination of flavors.

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  19. The citrus and cranberries sounds delicious in these shortbread cookies, Barbara! How perfect for fall and winter.

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  20. Num, Barbara, another great cookie!

    I haven't baked a single cookie, isn't that a shame? You keep tempting me with so many gorgeous recipes!! I am going to have to get at least a batch out before Xmas... now which to make????

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  21. Cranberries and oranges are a flavor duo I can't resist. Refrigerator cookies are among my favorites because I can bake a pan of cookies any time. These are so festive for the holidays.

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  22. I too, am a shortbread cookie fan. Love the buttery texture of these types of cookies. A good cup of coffee and a few of these cookies, my day would be good.

    Cheers.
    Velva

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  23. great cookies as always love your Christmas posts :-)

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  24. I love shortbread so much and was also looking for a cranberry recipe so thanks! Yours look so pretty in that bowl with and holly and red bow.

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  25. MMMMMMMM,...What lovely cranberry shortbread cookies! They look like real treats! :)

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  26. Shortbreads are such great cookies for this time of year because you can roll up a log, store it in the freezer, and get some baking whenever guests arrive. I love this flavor combination!

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  27. I love shortbread's and the flavors you used are amazing!

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  28. Perfect combination of flavors...cranberries and orange...love the flavors and the colors of these cookies...so versatile being able to freeze the logs and have them baked fresh.
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead Barbara :-)

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  29. I am making my holiday cookie plan today and this sound and look amazing!

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  30. Yes, I do love shortbread particularly at this time of year but the shortbread I make is plain. I love your addition of orange and cranberry - so much more festive!

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  31. These cookies sounds great with the orange flavor and cranberries, so nice for the holidays!

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  32. So lovely and festive. I will have to see if I can make time!

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  33. I will be trying these tomorrow Barbara. Thank you so much for posting this. I have been looking for a new cookie for the family to get hooked on.
    Sending you Christmas wishes.
    hugs...

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