Cranberry Almond Shortbread Cookies

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These Cranberry Almond Shortbread Cookies are a soft and buttery almond shortbread loaded with sweetened cranberries and dipped in white chocolate.

These Cranberry Almond Shortbread Cookies are a soft and buttery almond shortbread loaded with sweetened cranberries and dipped in white chocolate. 

These Cranberry Almond Shortbread Cookies are a soft and buttery almond shortbread loaded with sweetened cranberries and dipped in white chocolate.

Cookie week continues with these Cranberry Almond Shortbread cookies! I love giving homemade gifts because one great reason for baking is to make others happy. Today I handed out cookie baskets at work, which included  some Coconut Krispie Date Cookies, my perfect snickerdoodles and some Chai Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies.

There are a few new cookies making an appearance this year, including these Cranberry Almond Shortbread Cookies which I am sharing over at Better Homes and Gardens today.

Soft and buttery almond shortbread cookies loaded with sweetened cranberries and dipped in white chocolate.

Can you believe I’ve never made shortbread cookies before? Me either! I was combing through the cookie recipes on BHG.com, and saw some shortbread cookies and thought they sounded amazing, but I didn’t have any pistachios in my cupboards. So I searched through all the baggies in my pantry and picked out some cranberries and almond extract. Sometimes this is how the best recipes start.

Soft and buttery almond shortbread cookies loaded with sweetened cranberries and dipped in white chocolate.

I adapted the recipe for these pistachio vanilla bean cookies, but substituted the ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract for 1 teaspoon almond extract. While I happen to have a vanilla bean in the cupboard, I don’t think it made a huge difference in the taste of the cookies since these are almond flavored. So next time, I would just omit the vanilla bean for this recipe. I am sure it was amazing in the pistachio recipe. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. Since these cookies are sliced, it’s important to slice the cranberries nice and small. I used a knife to chop them up before mixing them into the dough.

When it comes time to dip these cookies in white chocolate, I suggest to use a high quality chocolate that is made for candy making so that it will harden nicely on the cookie. If you want to use a white chocolate bar or white chocolate chips, consider adding a tablespoon of Crisco or vegetable oil so it will harden quicker.

Soft and buttery almond shortbread cookies loaded with sweetened cranberries and dipped in white chocolate.

I was so surprised when I took my first bite of these shortbread cookies and they were soft and buttery in the middle. When I typically think of homemade shortbread cookies, I think of a crunchy butter cookie with a coarse crumb. So these pretty much won me over immediately.

These cookies do need to have the dough refrigerated for about 2 hours so plan accordingly. This recipe will be one that I come back to time and time again, whether it’s a holiday or not!

Read more details over at Delish Dish or skip right to the recipe I adapted which was these pistachio vanilla bean cookies.

Soft and buttery almond shortbread cookies loaded with sweetened cranberries and dipped in white chocolate.

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7 Responses
  1. Patty Zylstra

    Made these tonight for a cookie exchange tomorrow. They are AWESOME! I haven’t done the white chocolate yet and still love them. I think I might use dark chocolate because my #2 daughter has informed me that a sweet is not really a sweet unless it has chocolate AND white chocolate is not the real thing! 🙂 Another great recipe! Thanks!

  2. Lori Marie Kepple

    What is up with finding the recipe for the cranberry shortbread cookies??? Every so called link just redirects you to this same very long explanation of the cookies and other ones but never the recipe.Why can’t you just put a normal link or a tab to click on for the real recipe?

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Lori, this recipe is ADAPTED from the Pistachio Vanilla Bean Shortbread cookies, so there is no direct link to the exact recipe. As this is a guest post on the Better Homes and Garden’s blog, I cannot post the recipe directly on my site, I apologize. You can find the link to the Pistachio Vanilla Bean Shortbread cookies listed a couple times in the above post.

  3. Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    These look so moist and delicious Julianne!! I’ve never made shortbread either (lame!!) I definitely need to try it out with some almond extract!

  4. Claudia Major

    I received this recipe in my email since I follow your site. Where is the said recipe? I have looked and looked. I have clicked on everything I see to go to the recipe. Very disappointing!!!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Claudia, I apologize that you had a hard time finding the recipe. I tried very hard to link to it several times, but I cannot share it directly on my page since it is a guest post over at Delish dish.

      The recipe is adapted from the Pistachio Vanilla Shortbread. Here is some more helpful information.

      A link to the BHG post is located in Paragraph 2, see “Cranberry Almond Shortbread link”. In my BHG post, there is a link to the recipe a couple times.

      In paragraph 4, there is a link to the recipe for the Pistachio vanilla shortbread and the following note:
      I adapted the recipe for these pistachio vanilla bean cookies, but substituted the ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract for 1 teaspoon almond extract. While I happen to have a vanilla bean in the cupboard, I don’t think it made a huge difference in the taste of the cookies since these are almond flavored. So next time, I would just omit the vanilla bean for this recipe. I am sure it was amazing in the pistachio recipe. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. Since these cookies are sliced, it’s important to slice the cranberries nice and small. I used a knife to chop them up before mixing them into the dough.

      And finally, the very last line of this post says: Read more details over at Delish Dish or skip right to the recipe I adapted which was these pistachio vanilla bean cookies. Which is also linked the recipe on “Delish Dish” and also the “pistachio vanilla bean cookies.

      However, here is the direct link just for you, but please note my adaptions which I’ve repasted from my post here.

      http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pistachio-vanilla-bean-cookies/

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