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Cranberry Shortbread Stars

My family loves shortbread and I love cranberries, so I decided to put the two together. The star shape is a festive addition to my holiday cookie tray. —Sonya Labbe, West Hollywood, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried cranberries


  • In a large bowl, beat butter, confectioners' sugar and salt until blended. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in cranberries.
  • Shape dough into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 325°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. star-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
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    Feb 16, 2021

    These are really good, but are difficult to cut out. Ended up rolling them out and cutting into squares

  • zegunism
    Jan 11, 2021

    My new favorite Christmas cookie! I added an almond glaze over the top. So delicious and pretty!

  • PamsKitchen
    Jan 8, 2021

    Made these for Christmas and had the shortbread loving family members asking for me to make again :)

  • Rebecca
    Dec 22, 2020

    Dried cranberries are too sticky to be used with cookie cutters. This recipe didn’t work at all. I ended up just rolling it out and cutting it into rectangles with a knife. I was really hoping for cute stars instead!

  • Danielle
    Nov 19, 2020

    I have been making these cookies for the past two years and are now a permanent part of my Christmas cookie recipe collection. Chewy on the inside and crispy on the star tips. The tartness of the cranberries pairs perfectly with the shortbread an will leave you wanting more and more and more.

  • Mic
    Feb 3, 2020

    Was a favorite of everyone made them for