Cranberry Orange Shortbread
With all of the chocolate desserts floating around during the holidays, sometimes it is nice to inject a little fruit into the mix. These Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies allow for the deliciousness of your standard shortbread with some sweet and tart fruitiness.
While anything with fruit “zest” looks fancy and difficult, this is actually one of those incredibly easy dessert recipes that you can add to your personal cookbook for tons of occasions.
If you have afternoon tea or book clubs, these are perfect. If you are looking for bake sale desserts, these will be different from everything else there. This is just a little different from most of the typical desserts that you see.
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookie Recipe
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
zest of one large orange
1/2 cup cranberries, dried
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
With a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the butter in a bowl until light in color and fluffy.
Slowly add the sugar, in small amounts. After the sugar is added, add the flour in the same fashion. After the flour, add the cornstarch in the same fashion.
Whip the entire mixture for at least 5 minutes to mix it well and incorporate lots of air.
Once thoroughly whipped, add the orange zest.
Whip this together for a few more minutes and then fold in the cranberries. Mix just enough to incorporate everything together.
Using a tablespoon, scoop out some dough and roll it into a ball. Place each dough ball on the cookie sheet.
Place your powdered sugar in a small bowl and grab a fork. Coat the tines of the fork in powdered sugar and then press them gently onto each dough ball a few times. Recoat your fork between presses.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes. The cookies only need to be slightly browned on the bottom to be done baking.
Allow them to cool completely on the baking sheets before taking them off. Enjoy!
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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies