Christmas cookies are like little bits of magic. The shapes, the way they smell, the detail put into so many of them – each one is like its own little special memory. Whether it’s candy cane twists, gingerbreads, snowballs, peanut butter blossoms, thumbprints, Italian knots, simple sugar cookies or something more elaborate covered in royal icing and sprinkles, they all seem to hold a place in our hearts.
We would make them almost every year when I was a kid. It’s something we would look forward to each year and now, it’s something my kids look forward to as well.
Adding new cookies to the mix
While we make the traditional, simple sugar cookies each year, every now and then I love to create new ones too that will become part of the mix. One year it was Italian Knot Cookies, another year Chocolate Chunk and this year I decided to go fruity again with Cranberry Shortbread Cookies recipe.
The older I get the more I appreciate the cranberry for all that it can do. The tarty flavor is easily tamed by adding in a little sweetness and introducing it to a cookie creates the perfect balance of flavor.
Cranberry Shortbread Cookies
This simple Cranberry Shortbread Cookies recipe gives you buttery and delicious cookies with just the right bit of tangy sweetness from the cranberries. They work well with coffee, tea and, of course, more cookies.
I love that they firm up but still stay soft enough so you don’t have to bite into them hard. You can nibble until your heart is content and if you’re a dunker you can do that too. The shortbread is just full of beautiful, cookie flavor perfection.
To glaze or not to glaze
These are plenty good all on their own straight out of the oven without the glaze. My kids like them best that way so if you don’t feel the need to feed your sweet tooth, then you don’t need to make the glaze. But, my grandmother loved them with the glaze and cranberries…And grandma always knows best. I promise, she will tell you if you messed anything up. 🙂
I also think they look a bit prettier and more Christmasy with the sugar cranberries on top. They’re kind of like the star on top of the tree.
Thank you so much for visiting today, friends! I hope you’ll come back and visit again. And if you make the cookies, please let me know how you like them! You can find the full recipe for the Cranberry Shortbread Cookies recipe below and for more recipes, click here.