Cranberry Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies with a hint of orange zest. Perfect for the holidays!

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While nibbling any cookie, I always 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.

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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.

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As I set off to bake the masses of Christmas cookies we will deliver to our friends over the next few weeks, I have one single agenda. Turn all cookies into shortbread.

You think I’m kidding?

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Today I’m sharing an old favorite shortbread recipe, Cranberry Chocolate Chip Shortbread.

It’s prepared in the traditional pan method. I’ve ramped up the flavor a bit by adding orange zest, mini chocolate chips, and cranberries.

Several years ago we had a shortbread-athon recipe testing day before the holidays, creating several new combinations, and our Cranberry Chocolate Chip Shortbread was the standout.

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I hope you enjoy them. If not, send them to me.

Merry Shortbread Christmas!

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5 from 1 vote

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Shortbread – Crispy, butter, and loaded with mini chocolate chips and cranberries. A hint of orange zest makes shortbread cookies delicious.
Servings: 16 pieces
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Shortbread
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Potassium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.7%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries


  1. 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, and beat until just combined.
  2. Stir in the chocolate chips and cranberries. Divide the dough into two pieces. Press them evenly into 2- 8 inch round cake pans. Bake for 11-12 minutes, until golden around the edges.
  3. With a small sharp knife, score the shortbread into 8 wedges per pan.
  4. Allow the shortbread to cool in the pans another 10 minutes. Then flip out of the pans the gently separate into wedges.

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59 comments on “Cranberry Chocolate Chip Shortbread

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  2. Amyposted December 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm Reply

    Great flavor combination, I love it.

    Rating: 5
  3. jillposted December 15, 2015 at 10:18 am Reply

    these look great.  As always I will sub in gf flour

  4. Lizposted December 15, 2015 at 9:58 am Reply

    Shortbread is my favorite and this sounds so good. Thank you.

  5. Maryposted December 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm Reply

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

    Merry Christmas!

    Delightful Bitefuls

  6. April Hunterposted December 23, 2010 at 9:32 am Reply

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

  7. A SPICY PERSPECTIVEposted December 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm Reply

    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.

  8. April Hunterposted December 19, 2010 at 8:21 am Reply

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

  9. April Hunterposted December 19, 2010 at 8:20 am Reply

    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.