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Cranberry and Pecan Shortbread

Course Cookies
Servings 2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pecans chopped
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest = 1 orange


  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Add milk and vanilla, mix.
  • Add flour and salt, mix.
  • Fold in cranberries, pecans and orange zest.
  • Shape dough into log, roll in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill 1 hour or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Remove paper, slice into 1/2-inch slices. Bake 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom.


Note: The light and citrusy flavor of cranberries, orange zest and pecans make this festive shortbread cookie brighten up the holiday season. My 90-year-old uncle requests these cookies every year.