Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

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I have a thing for shortbread cookies. I love them! But I like them soft.

White Lily sent me a couple of bags of their Enriched All Purpose Wheat Flour and I was excited to try it in a cookie recipe! You can use their wheat flour in any baking recipe and I really love the zip top bag it comes in.

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.netCranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

To make these cookies or any cookies, I like to do my chopping ahead of time. These cookies are thin so I chop up the white chocolate chips I used.

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

Chop up the dried cranberries.

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

Measure out the flour and mix in the cornstarch and salt. Set aside.

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the vanilla extract and mix.

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

In batches, add the wheat flour. (If you don’t have it on hand, you can use White Lily all purpose flour too.)

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

The cookie dough is starting to come together!

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

Mix in the cranberries and the white chocolate.

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

Split the dough in half.

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

And roll the dough after you have sealed up the plastic wrap.

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

I keep a ruler in my kitchen for this very reason. Roll it out so it’s even and measure out to be about 7 to 8 inches. Refrigerate for a few hours before baking.Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

These cookies are so soft and buttery. They are so light and I love them! Perfect for the holiday season and gift giving too! We mailed them to our dear friends in Oregon and they loved them!

You can totally dip these cookies in melted white chocolate too!

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Recipe

Yield: about 45 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes (plus 3 hours refrigeration time)

Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups White Lily Enriched All Purpose Wheat Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped white chocolate

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, cornstarch and salt with a whisk in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add the butter and sugar to a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together using an electric hand mixer, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
  3. Adding mixed dry ingredients in two batches to the wet ingredients, mix until ingredients are combined (with hand mixer) but don’t over mix. Add the cranberries and chopped white chocolate to the cookie dough and mix with rubber spatula.
  4. Split cookie dough in half. Add first half to a long pieces of plastic wrap. Shape into 7 to 8-inch logs that are about 1 1/2 inches thick.
  5. Once shaped, wrap with another piece of plastic and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  6. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut into 1/4 or 1/2 inch thick slices and place on parchment paper lined baking sheets for 10 to 11 minutes.
Notes: Make the dough ahead of time and freeze it. Make the dough ahead and freeze the logs. Slice the cookies and bake (you might need to bake the cookies a couple minutes longer if baking them straight from the freezer).
Optional: You can dip them in melted white chocolate too! Melt 3/4 cup chopped white chocolate along with 3 to 4 teaspoons vegetable shortening in a microwave safe bowl on 50% power for 30 seconds and then 15 seconds at a time after that until it’s melted. Be sure to mix with a spoon after each interval. Dip cooled shortbread cookies halfway in the white chocolate and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to set.

 

modified from these cookies.

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Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from thelittlekitchen.net

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