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Salted Shortbread Cranberry Cookies Recipe

A twist on a classic favorite - Salted Shortbread Cranberry Cookies

We love this Salted Shortbread Cranberry Cookies Recipe. So much so that my family could probably eat it all year long if I made it all year.


Not only do we love having these cookies out for us to snack on but they are great to have on hand for holiday parties whether it's for Thanksgiving, Christmas or really any fall and winter get together. I also like to add them to any gift baskets we may put together for friends and family, after who doesn't love to receive a yummy treat?

So who is ready to find out how we make our Salted Cranberry Shortbread Cookies? Let's get to the recipe now shall we?

Salted Cranberry Shortbread Cookies


  • 2 ⅓ all-purpose flour, shifted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, shifted
  • 2 ½ sticks unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • ⅓ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat over to 325 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, add softened unsalted butter, powdered sugar and pulse until smooth.
  3. Gradually add sifted all purpose flour and pulse mixed. Add flour and cranberries pulse just until combined.
  4. Roll out cookie dough to a ¼" thickness and cut out cookies using a 3" round cookie cutter.
  5. Note. I didn't have a 3" cookie cutter, so I used a can and cut out both ends and it worked out perfectly.
  6. Place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and sugar mixture. Refrigerate cookies for 25 - 30 minutes
  7. Bake cookies for 20 - 25 minutes. Cookies will be a pale ever so slightly golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  9. Serve.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g


I of course love to sit down with my coffee (especially a Pumpkin Spice Mocha) and have a few of these delicious Salted Shortbread Cranberry Cookies. They're also lovely with a cup of tea, milk and well really they go with anything or have them all by themselves. What's not to enjoy?


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When you make these, you may want to double the batch because if you love shortbread you're bound to love these ones, they will go quickly You can add them to gift baskets. I also like to do up mason jars, decorate the with some colorful ribbons and put the cookies in the mason jar. It makes for a great gift idea, the cookies get consumed and the jars can be re-used by the person who received this delicious gift.

You may also consider making these pumpkin chocolate muffins that have a delicious cranberry buttercream frosting!


If you're looking for other yummy fall and winter treats make sure to go to our recipe section HERE

We've got some great treats like Pumpkin Spice Scones.

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How about a Pumpkin Bread Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting?

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake in a Jar

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Those are just a few of the many yummy fall and winter treats that we have so make sure to stop by our recipe section for more tantalizing recipes.

By on September 17th, 2016

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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153 thoughts on “Salted Shortbread Cranberry Cookies Recipe”

  1. I'm a fan of shortbread and always looking for new Christmas cookie recipes.
    I think I'm making these and adding orange zest..my new favorite flavor combination.

  2. The cookies sound really good. I want to try them. I liked Salted Caramel this and that.... now salted cookies.... I am in. Thank you for the recipe.

  3. This year, most of the gift recipients on our list will be getting home baked goodies, and I think these Salted Shortbread Cranberry Cookies will be a great addition to the cookie tins. They look so pretty, and I love shortbread. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  4. I have never had Cranberry and Shortbread together it sounds interesting, they look delicious I will have to give them a try!

    Thanks for the Post, Pictures, and the Recipe! YUMMY!

  5. wow! there are so many comments. we must all be dreaming of christmas?. I think these cookies look great. I have this standard shortbread recipe from my grandma. Every year I try to soup add things. This idea looks so much better. TY

  6. These look and sound so delicous! I love crandberry and it's good for you too so even better. I will have to try this out later.

  7. Thanks for the cookie recipe. Always liked shortbread cookies and the cranberries will give them a great flavor and good for you. Family will love them.

  8. Yum!! I love shortbread cookies, and this addition cranberries sounds absolutely delicious! Perfect for the upcoming Holidays! 🙂

  9. I am so Happy you posted your Salted Cranberry Shortbread Cookies . They look and sound Delicious! Yum! I pinned the recipe to my Cookie Board and I can't wait to try them. Cranberry Shortbread Cookies and my Cup of Coffee! That would be a Great start to my Day! :O)~~

  10. Oh these cookies look amazing crandberries my favorite I will be making these babies oh yummy Thanks for the recipe

  11. Its looks perfect, so great and delicious recipe, anyone can try it its simply and fub to do. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe

  12. Oh! I just got a big bag of dried cranberries, now I know what I'll be doing with them! Such perfect timing! I'll make these for my family's thanksgiving!

  13. Those cookies look delicious! I wouldn't mind making some for this Fall season, I know my family would
    enjoy them and I love how easy the recipe is .

  14. With the holidays slowly approaching I am always on the look out for new recipes, this one has caught my eye for sure, it is unique and I can't wait to try it.

  15. Shortbread cookies are the best! Especially with a cup of tea. I think your idea of using mason jars is brilliant. I know these would make great gifts for the holidays!

  16. I have saved this recipe so I can make for my husband at Christmas time. I try to add some new recipes every year along with my family favorites.

  17. I have to admit,I am not really a shortbread fan but these look really interesting! Easy too! I think I am going to give them a shot.They would be perfect to bring to holiday get togethers and to add to gift baskets with some sparkling cider or something.

  18. i love shortbread cookies, they are some of my very favorite! I like your idea about the mason jars, I might have to use it for Christmas gifts for my neighbors. I am keeping this recipe so that I can make these wonderful cookies for the holidays!

  19. The Salted Shortbread Cranberry Cookies is going to make the holidays such a special time. I think it is a fine plate, of which I am going to try out towards all of the holidays.

  20. Omg! These recipes are so yummy. I can't wait to try them myself! We are always looking for yummy fall treats to bake in our home and the shortbread cookies are just the craving I have!

  21. OMG this recipe for the salted shortbread cranberry cookies look so good. I love shortbread cookies so I know I would love these. I am going to save this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  22. These cookies look yummy! I love cranberries and shortbread cookies, so together must taste amazing. I'm going to add this recipe to the list of holiday cookies I will be baking with my mom this year.

  23. I have tried shortbread cookies before, but not with cranberry. Sounds very good. Will have to make these & pass on to sis & mom. Perfect holiday treat!

  24. Every year I like to make Grandmas shortbread and a different kind of shortbread.This recipe sounds really good.i wonder,does the salt make the cranberries sweeter?I'l have to try these 🙂

  25. I love shortbread cookies and cranberries (also I'm a saltaholic). I've already saved the recipe and can't wait to try these. Yes they're great for holidays, but these sound good for anytime to me.

  26. I am definitely going to try this recipe. I love salted caramel but never thought to use salt and cranberries in a shortbread cookie recipe. It sounds super yummy!!!

  27. We pick cranberries each year and are always on the hunt for new recipes. I will have to try the shortbreads as they sound delish!!

  28. Salted Shortbread Cranberry Cookies? I can not wait to try these out!! These might be my new favorite cookie! Thank you for the recipe... 🙂

  29. It is that time of the year again when I start thinking of holiday baking. These are great recipes. I love the combination of sweet and salty. Thanks for the inspiration.

  30. I really like shortbread cookies, never had cranberry shortbread cookies. These sound great, thanks for sharing must must for Christmas.

  31. All these recipes look so good to try and especially those shortbread cookies with cranberries. They look like the perfect cookie for fall and your table scape was gorgeous in display. They would make a great tasty cookie to gift out for the upcoming holidays. Thanks for sharing! I'll try these soon.

  32. Well I love cranberry cookies and I love shortbread so what's not to like? Salted shortbread sounds interesting; could it give salted caramel a run for its money?

  33. this recipe is so easy and now that fall is here and a great time for baking sounds like a dood recipe and the family would love these

  34. Shortbread Cookies are my absolute favorite! Thanks for sharing your recipe! These Salted Shortbread Cranberry Cookies sound delicious...love the sweet & salty combination!


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