Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread

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Get festive with these Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Sticks. These melt-in-your-mouth treats disappear fast… you may want to double the recipe!

Love cranberry treats? Be sure to try our ready favorite cranberry bliss bars and cranberry white chocolate cookies next.

Cranberry white chocolate cookies cut into bars on a wire cooking rack.

Today’s cookie recipe is my favorite type. Shortbread.

At Christmas, when everyone else is rushing to get their share of Chocolate Chip Cookies or the Cut Out Sugar Cookies, I’m going straight for the shortbread. I love the buttery flavor and the crisp bite that dissolves into sugary crumbs in your mouth.

Shortbread is so versatile, too! You can add so many mix ins, toppings and icings to create a variety of flavored shortbread desserts.

For this recipe, I turned shortbread cookies into Cookie Sticks perfect for dipping into coffee. Because every cookie is better when you can eat it with a cup of coffee.

I’ve packed these with some dried cranberries and topped them with melted white chocolate for a festive touch. These were a hit on my cookie platter this year!

  • Just SIX ingredients needed!
  • Classic shortbread dough sliced into cookie sticks.
  • Baked to perfection with a crisp consistency and buttery texture that melts in your mouth.
  • Filled with sweetened dried cranberries and drizzled with melted white chocolate, making them a perfect winter treat!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make cranberry white chocolate shortbread cookies.
  • Butter – I use unsalted butter as I do with most of my baking. Use a good quality butter if you can as it’s flavor is central in shortbread. Use our guide on how to soften butter quickly.
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar, this melts perfectly into the dough for a smooth consistency.
  • Vanilla Extract – A store bought PURE vanilla (not imitation) is fine, but you’ll love the flavor of homemade vanilla extract in these cookie sticks.
  • All Purpose Flour – It’s important to carefully measure your flour for best results!
  • Dried Cranberries – I use Craisins but any similar brand will do. Just make sure they are fresh and haven’t gotten stale.
  • White Chocolate – You can use white chocolate chips or white chocolate melting wafers for this recipe.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make shortbread bars with craisins.

Make the dough. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with powdered sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Add in flour and beat until combined. Fold in dried cranberries.

Bake the shortbread. Drop the dough into center of baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using the heels of your hands, press the dough into a large rectangle. Keep pressing until you have a rectangle about 12×10-inches and about 1/4-inch thick throughout. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 F, until edges begin to lightly brown.

Cut into bars. Remove the shortbread from the oven and immediately cut into strips using a pizza cutter. Let cool completely.

Drizzle and garnish. While the cookies are cooling, melt the chocolate. Once cooled, drizzle each shortbread cookie stick with melted white chocolate and add sparkly white sanding sugar for a garnish if desired. ENJOY!

Shortbread cookie bar with a bite taken out.

Recipe FAQs

How do I store shortbread cookies?

Once cooled and drizzled, store the shortbread cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Can I freeze shortbread sticks?

Yes, you can freeze these cookies in a freezer-safe ziplock bag for up to 1-2 months, but they will lose some of their crispiness. I prefer them served soon after baking.

Can I substitute something for the white chocolate?

The white chocolate drizzle adds a festive touch, but you can definitely use milk chocolate or dark chocolate if you prefer. Or do both white and dark chocolate drizzles!

Shortbread cookie bars served on a white plate.

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Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread

4.80 from 5 votes
By: Aimee
Get festive with these Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Sticks. Melt in your mouth delicious! You may need to double the recipe, these go fast!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 30 cookie sticks


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries Craisins
  • ¾ cup melted white chocolate chips
  • white sanding sugar for garnish, optional
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  • Line a 15×10-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degree.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy. Add in flour and beat until combined. Fold in dried cranberries.
  • Drop dough into center of baking sheet, and using the heels of your hand, press dough into a large rectangle. You want the dough to be the same thickness throughout, so keep pressing until you have a rectangle about 12×10-inches and about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until edges begin to lightly brown. Remove from oven and immediately cut into strips using a pizza cutter. Once cooled, drizzle with melted white chocolate and add sparkly white sanding sugar for a garnish. ENJOY!


  • Melting chocolate: To melt the chocolate chips, I microwave them in a glass bowl in 30 second increments. Stir the chocolate between each interval until it’s completely melted and smooth.
  • Use softened butter. Cold butter is more difficult to work into the dough and disrupts the consistency of the shortbread cookies.
  • Storing: Store covered at room temperature. You can freeze these cookies but they will lose some of their crispiness, so I prefer them served soon after baking.
  • No pizza cutter? You can use a very sharp knife to cut these bars. Cut carefully to keep the shape of the sticks and make clean lines.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.


Calories: 131kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 5mg, Sugar: 8g
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
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Served with your after dinner coffee or as a pick-me-up any time of day, Shortbread Cookie Sticks are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit!

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Posted on November 27, 2023

Comments & Reviews

  1. These cookies sound absolutely delicious. I will definitely have them on my cookie plate this year. Thank you and have a very Merry Christmas!

  2. Why did you not give the recipe for the white chocolate chips and cranberry cookies? You only gave the recipe fot the cookie sticks. Please give the one for cookies

    1. You are commenting on the recipe for the shortbread cookie sticks. If you want the recipe to the white chocolate cranberry cookies, go here:

  3. I could not get anything to stick on top. They are delicious but I think I will put the white chocolate chips in before baking next time.

  4. These are SO good. They melt in your mouth and I like that they’re in stick form which is different than my other cookies. Luckily, I checked them at 18 minutes and mine were finished so I guess I have a hot oven. These will definitely be made again before Christmas Day. And after! Great recipe to finish out the year.

  5. Thanks for sharing they look delicious. I hope your Christmas is full of love, laughter and togetherness and the New Year brings you an abundance of blessings.

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