cranberry noels

Cranberry Noels

Cranberry Noels - delicious holiday cookies.  Simple shortbread cookie recipe for Christmas.  A crunchy texture of shortbread paired with the chewiness of the dried cranberries – all in one cookie!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 50 cookies
Calories 73 kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • red decorating sugar , for decorating


  1. In a large bowl, using mixer, cream butter, sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Add milk and vanilla, beat to combine.

  2. With mixer on low, gradually add flour and salt, continue beating until dough forms.

  3. Chop dried cranberries in a food processor into smaller bits. Add chopped cranberries to the dough, mix with the spatula to combine.

  4. Divide dough into 2 portions. Shape each portion into a log. I shaped each portion into different sized logs: small and big for smaller and bigger cookies. Wrap logs in plastic wrap, put in the freezer for 30 minutes, then in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 F.  

  6. Place red decorating sugar on a plate. Roll each cookie log in red decorating sugar, pressing sugar to the dough to stick. Using sharp knife cut each log into thin slices, about1/4 inch thick. 

  7. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until edges just start turning brown, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven, place cookies to cool on wire rack.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Noels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 73 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 24mg1%
Potassium 9mg0%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 4g4%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.