Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies are a favourite at my house over the holidays.Don’t you love cookies over the holidays?  Shortbread is the official cookie of the holidays, (or, at least, one of the many). The holidays are all about decadence and feasting. And, it’s amazing how the simplicity of butter, sugar, and flour can become the melt in your mouth true decadence of a shortbread cookie.

Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies
Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Facts

Fun fact: This cookie has staying power. Shortbread originated in Scotland, possibly as long ago as the 12th century. In the 16th century, Mary, Queen of Scots was said to be very fond of them. This is according to Bon Appétit in this fun article: Is Homemade Shortbread Worth the Effort? And, yes, yes it is.

These Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies are made with a classic brown sugar shortbread. But then, you add tart cranberries and the crunch of  toasted walnuts to perfectly balance out the rich, buttery sweetness of these cookies. These cookies are festive, and deliciously decadent.

Fresh Vs Dried Cranberries

Cheerful, bright red cranberries add a festive appearance, and a delicious tartness to these buttery little gems, as an added bonus. You could substitute dried cranberries, but I love the “freshness” of fresh ones. Especially at this time of year, when we (at least here in Canada), don’t have a lot of freshness to choose from. Cranberries, although harvested in the fall, keep for a long time. And we get to use fresh ones during the winter.

Walnuts add a little bite a of bitter hint to all the sweet richness of this buttery shortbread, which, I love. Those walnuts are local, too, frozen for the winter, but perfect for so many recipes. We are  fortunate to be able to get them, grown right here.

Are Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies Hard to Make?

No! Shortbread is probably one of the simpler cookies that you can make. This shortbread dough is really easy, and you can keep the dough in the fridge or freezer to bake later on. And if you are in the mood to bake up some more treats, try these:


. Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies

How to Make Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies

5 from 3 votes
Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Cranberries add a bright note to these buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Baking
Servings: 60 cookies
Calories: 64 kcal
Author: Colleen
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts toasted
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. Using a mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Add flour and salt and beat until a soft dough forms.
  5. Stir in cranberries and walnuts.
  6. Divide dough in half and roll into balls.
  7. At this point, you can wrap the balls in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to a week, or freezer for up to a month.
  8. Between two sheets of parchment paper, roll out dough, one ball at a time, to 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Using a cookie cutter, cut into rounds and transfer to parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in center of oven for 10 minutes, or until edges turn golden.
  10. Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 20mg1%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 2g2%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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18 thoughts on “Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies

  1. What a great way to spice up shortbread cookies! I love a little bit of tartness mixed with something sweet.

  2. Shortbread cookies are always so yummy and I love the many different ways they can be changed up. Your cranberry
    walnut version sounds delicious.

  3. Nice recipe. I have never tried making shortbread before, will definitely try it this time. I bet my little nephews and nieces will love it!

  4. These shortbread cookies are so festive! My mom just loves these cookies and can never eat enough of them. These will not last long in our house.

  5. I have never used fresh cranberries in baking because I would be afraid of them being too tart but these look fabulous

  6. How beautiful are these? And delicious I am sure! Perfect to add to Santa’s plate this Sunday night.

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