Go Back
+ servings
cranberry orange shortbread

Festive Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Bake a batch of these easy, buttery, melt in your mouth cranberry orange shortbread cookies with a tart orange glaze.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, British, canadian, irish
Keyword christmas cookies, shortbread cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 32 cookies
Calories 142kcal
Author Jen


  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp orange zest

for the orange glaze

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice or clementines


  • Begin by creaming together the butter and sugar, until fluffy with an electric mixer. Then stir in the egg and vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, corn starch and salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 1 cup batches. Mix until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Once the dough comes together, stir in the cranberries and orange zest.
  • Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment paper or waxed paper. You want 1/4 inch thickness. 
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. We used a 2 1/2 inch heart.
  • Bake in 375°F oven for 10-13 minutes - until the edges are golden brown. Set aside to cool on a rack.
  • Mix together the glaze. Stir together the icing sugar and orange juice. You want the glaze to be thick enough to not simply run right off the cookie.
  • When the cookies have cooled, use a fork or piping bag to drizzle glaze over the cookies. Sprinkle wet glaze with a decorative sugar.


Nutrition Info is to be used as a rough guide only. Nutrition Info is based on the products I am using and you may not be using the same products/brands. Thus, the Nutrition Info may vary.


Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.9g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.2mg