Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies with Apricots

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies with Apricots I was searching to make the perfect citrus-y cranberry shortbread cookie, but it always felt like something was missing. So on a final attempt, when I didn’t have enough dried cranberries to make a full recipe, I threw in some dried apricots and bam! That was it! They add the perfect backdrop flavor to these shortbread cookies!


Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 20 mins

    COOK : 20 mins

    TOTAL : 4 hrs 30 mins

    SERVING : 32

    YIELD : 32 cookies

  • Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl; mix together.

  • Cream butter in a large bowl using an electric blender until fluffy and lightened in color slightly. Add sugar and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, several more minutes. Mix in vanilla and orange zest. Add flour mixture in 3 batches and mix until just combined, kneading the last addition by hand. Knead in cranberries and apricots.

  • Divide dough in half and roll out into two 1 1/2×7-inch long logs. Wrap each log in parchment paper and refrigerate until dough is chilled, at least 4 hours.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Remove dough from the refrigerator and cut each log into about 16 slices that are 1/3-inch thick. Place slices 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cookies just begin to turn slightly golden on bottom, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Per Serving: 110 calories; protein 0.9g; carbohydrates 14.1g; fat 5.9g; cholesterol 15.3mg; sodium 23.1mg.