Five Days of Christmas Cookies – Day 4

Butter cookies are actually better than shortbread cookies! The main difference between the two is the amount of sugar and the baking temperature. Butter cookies have more sugar and bake at a higher temperature than shortbread cookies. They don’t crumble and the dough is extremely versatile.


We are nearing the end of the cookie baking week. If you are like me, your sweet tooth is on overload. So, for Day 4 of this 5 days of Christmas cookies adventure, I will feature a less sweet treat; it is a shortbread type cookie recipe that comes from the 2019 Southern Living Christmas magazine. If you missed any of the previous days, follow the links below.

Day 4 – Cranberry-Orange Butter Cookies

Cranberries and oranges come together for Christmas! For me they are good anytime of the year. When I saw this recipe in Southern Living last year, I had to try it. It was a hit and request again for this year.

Step 1

  • 1 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 c. unsifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat butter until creamy (2 mins.). Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Beat in vanilla.

Step 2

  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Stir together and gradually add to ingredients in Step 1, beating to combine.

Step 3

  • 3/4 c. chopped dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. orange zest

Beat into dough, just to combine (about 30 sec.)

Step 4 : Divide and Chill

Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a rectangular log about 9″ x 2″ x 2″. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours or overnight.

Step 5: Slice and Bake

  • Cut dough in 1/4″ thick slices
  • Line 2 baking trays with parchment
  • Place slices 1″ apart
  • Bake at 350 degrees F. for 10-12 mins.
  • Cool on the baking tray 5 mins. then move to a wire rack


Stick around for our final day tomorrow. It is destined to be a chocolate delight!

Have you tried any of this weeks’ cookie recipes?

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