Edible Gifts: Lemon and Cranberry Shortbread

Lemon Shortbread

Shortbread is not the most attractive thing to photograph, in my mind at least.  It’s beige and flat and, well, boring to look at.  But really, that’s not the point of shortbread is it?  While shortbread doesn’t win in the looks department, it’s delicious, in it’s crumbly melting butteriness.

My Lemon and Cranberry Shortbread is a kind of shortbread tart, pre cut and ready to be broken into individual wedges to be enjoyed.  The tarts can be wrapped in cellophane or placed into beautiful tins and given to family and friends as gifts.  What could be better than homemade shortbread this Christmas? Ok maybe the Wicked Chocolate Orange cookies, the last post in my Edible Gifts series.

Even better, with my Lemon and Cranberry Shortbread no rolling is required.  Simply press the shortbread into tart tins, score with a sharp knife and bake.  It couldn’t be simpler.

What are your favourite shortbread flavours or are you a traditonalist and prefer plain shortbread?

Lemon & Cranberry Shortbread

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Lemon and Cranberry Shortbread
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Makes 1 shortbread tart
  • 125g of butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup of caster sugar
  • 1 cup of plain (all purpose) flour, sifted
  • ¼ cup of rice flour, sifted
  • 50g of dried cranberries
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees celsius (285 Fahrenheit).
  2. Add the butter, caster sugar and lemon zest into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until pale and creamy.
  3. Switch the mixer to it's slowest speed and add the flour and rice flour and mix until combined. Add the cranberries and mix until just combined.
  4. Press the dough into a 20cm fluted tart tin. Using a sharp knife score the shortbread into wedges and use a fork to prick the shortbread into a decorative pattern.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes or until pale golden.


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22 Comments on "Edible Gifts: Lemon and Cranberry Shortbread"

Such a nice twist! I think it’s pretty, by the way :) Maybe because I know how yummy it would be!
Heidi xo

December 5, 2011

Oh I love shortbread. The flavours sound fab!!

December 5, 2011

This shortbread looks perfect!

December 4, 2011

I love shortbread but often find it needs an extra flavour to really lift it. Cranberry and lemon sounds perfect, and gorgeous in the run up to Christmas.

December 4, 2011

I love shortbread. This must taste amazing with the lemon and cranberry. Your pictures are definitely drool worthy.

December 4, 2011

deliciousness!! I better figure out what I’m making people this year!!

December 3, 2011

I do love shortbread! My favorite is a salted rosemary – sweet and savory at the same time. Though yours looks delish and I love that you don’t roll it.

December 3, 2011

I am a bit of a lemon myrtle and macadamia nut shortbread girl myself. Love the sound of this easy to prepare one.

December 3, 2011

Love the combination of lemon and cranberry! This would be perfect for the Christmas Cookie platter :)

December 3, 2011

I love shortbread….seriously love shortbread. Lemons and cranberries are some of my fav too. I must make this!

December 2, 2011

A great gift and lovely shortbread!



Shortbread is one of my favorite cookies, I love the plain buttery version as well as chocolate and lemon!

December 2, 2011

i used to love just plain shortbread. and last year i was obsessed about making orange shortbread. but i found that i also love choc chip shortbread.
anything which has butter as its main ingredient is a favourite in my book!

I’m so glad I discovered your blog, I think your lemon and cranberry shortbread looks lovely! We’re definitely non-traditional shortbread lovers in my family, our absolute favorite is my mum’s white chocolate & cranberry shortbread fingers.