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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 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
refrigerate 12 hrs
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