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Cranberry Shortbread

By Palma


My regular shortbread is always a hit hit at the holidays, so I decided to try some with dried cranberries.

1 pound butter, softened
3 c. flour
1 c. Rice flour (found in Asian section of market)
1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
7 oz. dried cranberries
4 oz. white chocolate chips or white baking pieces or white "Candy Melts"

Beat butter in bowl of electric mixture. Add sugar, and beat until fluffy. Mix regular flour with rice flour, and add, half at a time. Add vanilla and beat. Stir in dried cranberries.

Press dough evenly into a jelly roll pan. Using a fork, make "lines" across top, going both directions. Prick dough with fork, every 2 inches.


Bake at 325 for 20 minutes, or until edges start to get slightly golden.


Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then cut into squares while pan is still warm. Cool completely, then drizzle with melted white chocolate.

A great afternoon snack with a glass of prosecco and cranberry juice!


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Comments (3)


Thanks for this recipe, Palma. I need something to take to the store for the staff for Black Friday. This is perfect.

This is so pretty, it would be just lovely with those colors and all that drizzly icing on the top on my buffet for Christmas Eve. Thanks...great choice!

Mindy Smith:

Palma, my Scottish grandmother always had a tin of shortbread in her kitchen but they never had cranberries in them!! (Her recipe also called for rice flour ) :)

I'll definitely try your recipe!!

Grazie bella,


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