Cranberry and orange shortbread. Perfect as gorgeous festive gifts, wrapped in some pretty ribbon. Or just to enjoy with a brew, because they are a real treat!
Crumbly melt-in-the-mouth shortbread is one of my many weaknesses in life. And if that weren’t enough, they are just so darned EASY to put together!
Seriously. At a very basic level, shortbread is one part sugar, two parts butter and three parts plain flour. With this basic recipe, the flavour combinations are endless!
You can flavour the dough with cocoa or fruit zest (as I do here).
You can add in extras such as dried fruit (guilty!), choc chips (double guilty!) or nuts (ah, I give up!).
Or, you could really push the boat out and just enjoy them completely plain in their full but utterly simple glory.
They’re actually brilliant little creations to make with kids too, as I’ve shared with you previously making some chocolate dipped shortbread with my son. And these beauties make perfect festive gifts! We’ve made them, then popped in a pretty clear bag and tied with ribbon. Just adorable!
If you’re a fan of cosy citrus flavours in your bakes, do check out my hot cross cookies too! It may not quite be the right season for them, but my family will inhale them anytime I choose to make them!
These cranberry and orange shortbread are really quite easy to make, but just require a little patience for them to chill before you can bake them. As with most things, especially in my baking, your patience will be rewarded, that’s a promise!
Oh, and the log of dough freezes really well too! Just wrap tightly in cling film, then pop into a sealable food bag. When you’re ready to bake, just slice the log from frozen and bake! Don’t forget you will need to add an extra minute or two to baking time, if this is the case.
Easy, delicious, and convenient. What’s not to like?! 😘
Thanks for joining me today!
Happy baking x