Gifts from the Kitchen, Holiday Cranberry Shortbread

This buttery shortbread cookie recipe is flavor packed

with cranberries and pistachio nuts,

and perfect for holiday nibbling

or a gift from your kitchen

The shortbread is easy to make,

the dough can be prepared ahead

and kept in the refrigerator for several days

and sliced and baked when needed

The dough can even be frozen!

Cranberries, pistachio nuts, butter,

orange zest, powdered sugar and flour

Cream the butter and sugar together and add the orange zest

Mix in flour and salt

The dough should be thick,

if it seems dry and crumbly add more butter

Stir in cranberries and pistachio nuts

Divide dough in half

Put half on a piece of parchment paper

Form into a log

Repeat with remaining dough

Wrap logs in the parchment paper and put them in a ziplock bag

and refrigerate overnight

Cut log into 1/4″ slices

and place on a foil or parchment lined baking sheet

Bake at 325 degrees for 14-17 minutes

A perfect little holiday nibble!

This recipe is adapted from Just So Tasty

Holiday Cranberry Shortbread

This savory shortbread is the perfect holiday nibble, it is packed full of cranberries, pistachio nuts and a hint of orange. You can keep the logs in your refrigerator for several days or freeze them. When holiday guests arrive, just slice and bake, or match a batch for your friends or neighbors for a holiday gift
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
refrigerate 12 hours
Course Appetizer, Gift, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies


  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup shelled pistachio nuts
  • 1 orange
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Beat butter and sugar together
  • Add flour, salt, and zest and mix on low speed until a thick batter is formed*
  • Divide dough in half. Place each half of dough on a piece of parchment paper, and using your hands form dough into 2 logs. Wrap the logs in the parchment paper and place in a ziplock bag and put the logs in the refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours.
  • Cut logs into 1/4" slices and place the slices on a foil or parchement lined baking sheet
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 14-18 minutes until set and slightly golden
  • Makes about 36 cookies


*if mixture seems dry add a little more butter or if mixture seems too wet, add a little more flour
You can keep refrigerated logs for up to 4 days in the fridge or freeze them for up to 2 months
Keyword Christmas appetizer, cranberry cookies, holiday appetizer, pistashio nuts, shortbread, Thanksgiving


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39 Responses to “Gifts from the Kitchen, Holiday Cranberry Shortbread”
  1. Shortbread is always a favourite. Cranberry and pistachios are perfect for the holidays.

  2. Nancy says:

    These are quite beautiful! I’m saving this recipe!

  3. Mary says:

    Yum Jenna! I love the combination of cranberries and pistachios! ♥

  4. BERNADETTE says:

    Fabulous holiday cookie recipe.

  5. These look wonderful. Shortbread is my fave and I’ve done cranberry shortbread but the pistachio adds a new dimension and I’ll have to give this one a try!

  6. I can imagine the wonderful flavor and texture in these!

  7. Jenna, this is one of my favorite shortbreads! My mother used to make these at this time of year. I am keeping this recipe for the holidays.

    It is cold and raining here, a good day to bake or read a book!

  8. Shelia says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. It is chilly over here in Georgia and I so wish I had some of this shortbread to go with a second cup of coffee I am getting ready to have. I am a cranberry fan for sure–this will be a must have in the coming fall days. Thanks, Jenna, for another great kitchen gem. Georgia Gal
    PS I am so enjoying your print of that red truck full of pumpkins. I have it on a wall in my foyer and everyone coming or going can share in your talents–so glad I visited your shop and bought this–it just makes me happy.!

    • The shortbread is delicious and festive, and I have been having it as a breakfast nibble! Thanks so much for visiting my shop and buying the print, I am so glad you are enjoying it Georgia Gal!

  9. Kari says:

    Thank you Jenna for this recipe…I can’t wait to make them they look so good and how could you go wrong with cranberries, oranges and pistachios. YUM YUM

  10. I’m on a bit of a cookie kick… These sound great:@)

  11. lghiggins says:

    Wonderful holiday treat–maybe with some white chocolate chips too?

  12. pattyanneart says:

    Yum, looking forward to making them! Beautiful and tasty!

  13. Ricki Treleaven says:

    I pinned it because I want to bake these when the kids are here for Thanksgiving. I love that I can make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate. All the kids love pistachios, too.

  14. What fun little shortbreads. I love the addition of cranberries, oranges and pistachios. Looks like you are getting into the holiday spirit.

  15. Angie says:

    I love shortbread cookies, and these with cranberries and pistachios look like they would taste amazing!

  16. Kitty says:

    Oooh Jenna, I love a cranberry/orange combo and then with pistachios…mmmm! I get so much inspiration from you!

  17. Beverly says:

    I love anything with cranberries and these look so yummy. Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by.

  18. helenfern says:

    I love shortbread and the additions sound tantalizing!! Pinning to use at Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing at the Lazy Gastronome’s What’s for Dinner party! Have a fabulous weekend and hope to see you on Sunday!

  19. I have all the ingredients except the orange…I can clearly see these in my future. I 😊

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