Orange Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread

I told you I had a thing for shortbread. While nibbling any cookie, I think to myself, “You know what would make this even better? More butter and a touch of salt!” In my mind, chocolate chip cookies would be better as crispy shortbread. Oatmeal cookies would taste better if they had more butter and less (meaning NO) eggs. Macaroons…yep, they are in desperate need of butter.

You can’t blame me for going a little overboard on the butter cookies this time of year! After all, I was programmed to desire them once the weather turns cold. Come December 1st, I start checking the mailbox  for those metal tins of shortbread rings with course sugar crystals on top. Surely someone will send me one!

As I set off to bake the masses of Christmas cookies we will deliver to our friends this year, I have one single agenda–turn them ALL into shortbread!

You think I’m kidding…

Here’s another favorite shortbread recipe, prepared in the traditional pan method. I’ve ramped them up a bit by adding orange zest, mini chocolate chips, and cranberries! We tried several combinations one day, and this was the standout! I hope you enjoy them. If not, send them to me!

Merry Shortbread Christmas!

To make:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

With an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar vanilla and orange zest until light and fluffy. Add the flour and salt. Beat until just combined.

Then add the chocolate chips and cranberries.

Divide the dough until two pieces. Press them evenly into 2- 8 inch round cake pans. Bake for 11-12 minutes—until golden around the edges.

With a small sharp knife, score the shortbread into 8 wedges per pan.

Allow to cool in the pans another 10 minutes. Then flip out of the pans the gently separate in to wedges.

Makes 16 triangles.

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Yield: 16+

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Orange Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread

Ingredients:

½ cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. orange zest
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. salt
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
¼ cup chopped dried cranberries

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. With an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar vanilla and orange zest until light and fluffy. Add the flour and salt. Beat until just combined.

Then add the chocolate chips and cranberries.

Divide the dough until two pieces. Press them evenly into 2- 8 inch round cake pans. Bake for 11-12 minutes—until golden around the edges.

With a small sharp knife, score the shortbread into 8 wedges per pan.

Allow to cool in the pans another 10 minutes. Then flip out of the pans the gently separate in to wedges.

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55 Responses to “Orange Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread”

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    Chow and Chatter — December 13, 2010 @ 4:21 am

    wow looks amazing also a big fan of short bread yum

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    Belinda @zomppa — December 13, 2010 @ 5:19 am

    I LOVE shortbread, and especially citrus-y ones!

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    sara @ CaffeIna — December 13, 2010 @ 6:04 am

    I love shortbread too so I'm totally with you…more butter pleeease!

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    Al Dente Gourmet — December 13, 2010 @ 6:43 am

    What a beautiful cookie! Not to mention–> "Absolutely Mouth-watering" :)

    Cheers,

    Aldy.

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    Cherine — December 13, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    Gorgeous cookies. Yummy!

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    Lea Ann — December 13, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    I agree, I'm a shortbread fan and you know I'm loving this recipe. Great combo.

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    Jenni — December 13, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    Okay, YUM.

    Speaking of sweet, salty, buttery goodness, do you have a recipe for brickle? I've gotta make some this year!

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    Sprinkled with Flour — December 13, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    This shortbread looks perfectly buttery and delicious! I love the addition of chocolate and cranberries, yum!

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    dmarie — December 13, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    just bought a crate of oranges and I have vowed not to waste any of the zest, so this recipe is going to be made TODAY. Because I just baked cookies last night, I think I'll freeze this dough in the pan to bake later. LOVE your blog, Spicy!!

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    Cake Duchess — December 13, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    Delicious shortbread flavors! I love shortbread and could eat it every day!

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    Monet — December 13, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

    I also have a thing for shortbread. There is nothing like a buttery, crumbly cookie and a cup of tea. Just heaven! I love the flavor combination in this cookie. What a bright and delicious holiday treat! Thank you for sharing…I hope you have a blessed week!

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    Emily Z — December 13, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

    This shortbread looks great. I have officially fallen into cookie baking mode, I baked some yesteday (spritz cookies, also full of butter… I will be posting soon) and am already anxious to bake some more. Maybe I should try to bake some shortbread since you speak so highly of it!

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    Roxan — December 13, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

    I love the butteriness of shortbread too! With a touch of salt – heaven. Oh, you have the kitchenaid mixer that has the head that swivels back. I wish for that one – mine doesn't do that so it's hard maneuvering around it sometimes. Anyways, back to the shortbread – it look amazing. I could always go for a piece of that.

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    Steph — December 13, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

    I love shortbread! Perfect coffee dunkers!

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    Green Girl @ A little bit of everything — December 13, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

    your shortbread wedges look delicious. Love the addition of cranberry and chocolate chips and the cutting method.
    Thanks for sharing, hope you'll have a wonderful Monday

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    claire — December 13, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

    your photos are perfect… and so is this recipe!

    thanks for sharing!

    How are you wrapping all of the cookies up and how soon are you delivering after making them? I am always worried they will be stale or crumbly!

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    The Mom Chef — December 13, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    I'm going to make these, but leave out the chocolate chips, since I'm not a fan of that, but LOVE shortbread. This looks like the perfect thing to eat with breakfast. :)

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    Sophie — December 13, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

    Stunning & appetizing pictures of this Merry Shortbread!

    Your shortbread looks truly tasty, my friend!

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    Angie's Recipes — December 13, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

    I love shortbread! And yeah…more butter!

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums — December 13, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

    Whata festive shortbread! So yummy looking.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Katerina — December 13, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

    Orange and chocolate are magical words to my ears!

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    Cristina - Teenie Cakes — December 13, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

    I like the thinness of this shortbread, packed full of chocolate and cranberry goodness. You have a passion for shortbread and because of that, I'm sure your shortbread is the best around. Thanks for sharing this…I'm with you about shortbread – luv it!

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    Koci — December 13, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    Shortbread is pretty hard to resist! My mom would LOVE this cranberry orange version. This recipe may have to be a part of my holiday baking spree. :D

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    Claudia — December 13, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

    I would dearly love to find this in my mailbox! This is the one time of year I succomb to all things butter. And then you put in the chocolate and the cranberries and the orange and you've hooked me.

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — December 13, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    this looks so yummy!! wish i had one for this right now. it looks so festive!

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    Gourmet Gadget Gal — December 13, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

    I feel the same way – I use salted butter all the time and I think I could happily enjoy salted butter rolled in chocolate chips and sugar. I DON"T do that but I think I COULD.

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    girlichef — December 14, 2010 @ 12:39 am

    I just ran out to check my mailbox ;)!!! Your shortbread is beautiful and sounds so tasty. Very festive :D

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    julie — December 14, 2010 @ 12:42 am

    Beautiful shortbread Sommer! And I'm with you, the more butter the better.

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    Susan — December 14, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    Oh my! More shortbread to try! I have been playing with Mangiabella's biscochitos and have Dulcis In Furno's shortbread-like biscotti on my to do list … now, yours! I should just buy a milk cow so I can make my own butter!

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    Juliana — December 14, 2010 @ 2:26 am

    I love the ingredients of this shortbread…orange, chocolate and cranberries…not only pretty but very tasty :-)

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    Amanda — December 14, 2010 @ 2:46 am

    Those look delicious and so pretty!

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    Trish — December 14, 2010 @ 3:22 am

    This looks great. I love the combo of orange and chocolate and with cranberries, even better. I don't have any shortbread recipes so this is perfect. Bookmarked!

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    5 Star Foodie — December 14, 2010 @ 4:09 am

    These look so buttery and delicious, I love the cranberries and chocolate combo!

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    Carolyn — December 14, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    I'm a fellow shortbread fan, and the flavours in these look delicious. So crispy and thin. I am giving it some buzz!

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    Priya Sreeram — December 14, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    hey sommers wonderfully explained and am sure bookmarking this !

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — December 14, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

    Looks super easy and tasty! Cranberries add such a festive touch.

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    Chef Dennis — December 14, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    I love shortbread!! I never thought of making it this way, the cranberries are such a wonderful additon! You really make it look easy, I'm going to have to make it over break!
    Cheers
    Dennis

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    Anna — December 14, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

    Mmmmm…cranberry and orange….I absolutely love this combination, and adding chocolate chips to it is genius. They look lovely. I should definitely bake some cookies this week. Have a great week Sommer.

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    denise @ quickies on the dinner table — December 14, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

    Oh, you are not alone! More butter – always! Salt – YES! And no eggs – wonderful!! I adore shortbread too (more than regular cookies *shhhhhh*) and with chocolate, orange and cranberries, it's just genius!!!

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    Wilde in the Kitchen — December 14, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    These shortbread cookies look amazing. I love the flavor combination!!

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    sweetlife — December 14, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

    love love shortbread, did I say love..I love your festive creation…yum sommer..I will have to try this for my hubbys holiday work party!!

    sweetlife

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    A Canadian Foodie — December 14, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

    Good for you! I mean – shortbread is the quintessential Christmas cookies and everything DOES taste better with butter… and these look incredible! Love the idea.
    YUM!
    :)
    Valerie

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    Gourmande — December 15, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    That's a great variation of shortbread… I'm hungry now.

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    awbluemondays — December 15, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

    The shortbread looks so elegant cut into triangles!

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    Evan @swEEts — December 15, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    I just put out everything this morning so I could make shortbread when I got home from work.. I may have to make a batch now with your additions! thanks for sharing :)

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    Table Talk — December 15, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    I am crazy for shortbread. Key lime and coconut is my favorite flavor combination. The chocolate and cranberries are so festive, and just right for this time of year. I know I will love these!

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    laura — December 16, 2010 @ 1:15 am

    These sound heavenly, Sommer! Butter and salt makes everything better, right? I love that you included both cranberry and orange with the chocolate chips. I've never made thin shortbread like this…will have to try!

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    John — December 16, 2010 @ 1:56 am

    That looks wonderful.

    However, the post needs one more picture: an empty plate with a single crumb on it! :)

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    High Plains Drifters — December 16, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

    in scotland, you get a year of good luck if you wake up on New Year's to find shortbread on your front step.

    if anyone needs the address of my front step …

    Best to you and yours this holiday. Cheers!

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    Magic of Spice — December 17, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    I just adore shortbread, and this is so perfect for this time of year…looks delicious!

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    April Hunter — December 19, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    I tend to steer away from traditional British baking, seeing as I'm actually IN Britain, and rather wow my friends and neighbours with the almighty chocolate chip cookie……however, I think I am going to make this for Christmas, and may even take some over to our neighbours house.

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    April Hunter — December 19, 2010 @ 8:21 am

    oh and a question, can you use fresh orange zest? as they don't sell the dried kind here. If so how much?

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — December 20, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

    Hey April~ I did mean fresh orange zest. Come to think of it, I don't believe I've seen the dried kind around here either! 1 tsp. = about a medium orange.

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    April Hunter — December 23, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    Thanks! I'm going to bake these TODAY!! :) Will post a picture of them! xxx

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    Mary — December 24, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

    That looks phenomenal!!! WOW! I must try this!!

    Merry Christmas!

    Mary
    Delightful Bitefuls

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