Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies with Walnuts

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies with Walnuts are a perfect Christmas cookie.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry orange shortbread cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 21 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 118 kcal
Author Robin Gagnon


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup confectionery sugar
  • 2 tbs orange juice
  • 2 tbs orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups flour all-purpose is fine
  • 2/3 cup walnuts finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries chopped


  1. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  2. In a small separate bowl mix salt in orange juice to dissolve then add to butter mixture along with the zest and extract, and mix.
  3. Add the flour and mix well, then fold in the walnuts and dried cranberries as best you can.
  4. Knead the dough lightly, enough to evenly distribute the pieces, then split in half and roll into two logs about 2 inches thick. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to firm up.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Cut each cookie dough log into slices about 3/8" thick. Arrange on parchment. These shortbread cookies will not expand much at all, but leave a little space between them.
  7. Bake for 11-12 minutes, then remove to rack to cool.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies with Walnuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.