Shortbread Hearts with Cranberries

| 12/9/2015 10:45:00 AM

Tags: baking, shortbread, international, cranberries, berries, holidays, cookies, recipes, desserts, Sue Van Slooten, Ontario, Canada,


This is the perfect shortbread or Christmas cookie! If you love shortbread — and a lot of people do — this is the cookie to make. The colourful cranberries make them really pop at Christmas time.

This delightful recipe comes from Christmas Cookies: Dozens of Yuletide Treats for the Whole Family by Monika Römer [1, 2]. The recipes in this book are sometimes more challenging, but they are spectacular. The photos by Oliver Brachat (a chef and pâtissier himself) are gorgeous, and there is a special kids section for baking with the younger set that is quite good. Oh for some kids to bake with!

Also, if any of you are into German traditions of baking, or you want to see what it is all about, I would suggest this book. Note that heart shapes are very popular in Germany at Christmas, but they also would work beautifully for Valentine’s Day. Check out my photo, and I think you will agree.


• 1 1/3 cup (300 g) salted butter
• 1 (200 g) cup sugar
• 4 cups (500 g) all purpose flour
• 5 oz. (140 g) dried cranberries (not too finely chopped)
• Additional: Flour for dusting, heart-shaped cookie cutter, parchment. I would also use stars.

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