We are already on Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Cranberry and orange are a delicious flavor pairing. My cranberry and orange shortbread bars with orange glaze use dried cranberries and fresh orange juice and zest. The bars themselves are not all that sweet so the orange glaze makes it more “dessert like”.
What I like about bar recipes is they are a bit quicker to make than cookies. No scooping, no waiting for cookie sheets to cool for the next batch.
This recipe is a true shortbread flavor and texture. My husband was pleasantly surprised because he thought it would be more like a blondie texture. I can see why, because they do kind of look like blondies. They have just a subtle orange flavor, it’s not too overpowering. Add them to your holiday cookie trays or a party dessert table. They will be perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.
Cranberry Orange Shortbread Bars with Orange Glaze from Family Around the Table
Graybeh from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Great Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Coconut Washboards from Jolene’s Recipe Journal