Christmas Shortbread

  • Author: Everyday Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour + decoration
  • Yield: 16-24 1x


Cranberry and orange Christmas Shortbread dipped in white chocolate. Quick and easy to make.



For the Christmas Shortbread:

  • 200g  cold butter
  • 125g  icing sugar
  • 300g  plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 12 teaspoons (5-10ml) orange extract
  • 50g dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange

For the optional decoration:

  • 150g white chocolate
  • Edible sprinkles or decorations



  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan) mark 3
  2. Line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment or magic liner
  3. Roughly chop the cranberries (they will get chopped more later).

For the Christmas Shortbread:

  1. In a food processor,  blitz the butter, sugar, flour and pinch of salt until the mixture begins to clump together
    • The mixture won’t be a solid lump
  2. Add the orange extract and zest, and cranberries and pulse to combine
  3. Press mixture into the prepared tin and level (using your hands or the back of a spoon is easiest)
    • You need to push quite hard to firm up the dough
  4. Prick dough well with a fork
  5. Bake the shortbread for 45-50min or until  nicely golden.
  6. While it’s still warm, cut the shortbread in half across the middle.
  7. Then cut each half into 10-12 fingers about 1.5-2cm (3/4 inch) wide
  8. Cool completely in the tin.

For the decoration (optional):

  1. Arrange the biscuits on a wire cooling rack set over a tray
  2. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water or in 30-second bursts in the microwave
  3. Using a spoon, pour chocolate onto one end of each shortbread finger and gently spread with a knife
  4. Decorate and leave to set for about an hour, or chill for about 20 minutes
  5. Store in an airtight tin in a cool place, or in a sealed box in the fridge for up to a week.

  • Category: Teatime
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: Christmas, teatime, shortbread