Triple Berry Orange Shortbread


I feel like I haven’t posted in waaay too long (jury duty and a photography workshop have kept me busy), but as promised here is a new recipe that brightened my (very rainy) day today.  I think it has rained about every day this entire last month, and while it doesn’t bother me – to the mind and wiggly body of a 4 year old, it is pure torture.

And when he gets bored, I get hopelessly sucked into the imaginative world of a little boy- a boy with no siblings and no neighborhood kids to play with. This means endless hours of getting in touch with my manly side.

The side that only deals in superheroes, race cars, dirt and worms.

The side that gets a laugh out of certain bodily functions and chasing the dog and cat around until they are running for any kind of cover.

After putting one too many “bad guys” in jail, and cleaning up the bathroom which looked like a fire hydrant had exploded in it, I was ready for a break.  A suggestion to make cookies was met with a hearty, “awesome!”, and that’s where these cookies come in.  I decided to throw some chopped up dried berries and orange zest in shortbread, and then drizzle an orange glaze over them.

A couple of these and a cold glass of milk later, I feel much better.

Triple Berry Orange Shortbread
(prep: 15 mins; bake: 20 mins; yield: 15 cookies)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tsp finely grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried berries (I used a mix of cherries, blueberries, cranberries)
Preheat oven to 325F. In a small bowl combine the sugar and orange zest, rubbing the zest into the sugar with your fingers. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and sugar mixture. Cut in the butter with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and starts to cling. Stir in the chopped berries. Using your hands, shape the mixture into a ball, kneading until smooth. Don’t worry if it looks like a crumbly mess at first, the longer you work it, it will form into a smooth ball.

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On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough until 1/2 inch thick. Use a 1 1/2 inch round cookie cutter to cut the dough into circles. Reroll scraps as necessary. Place the cookies 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the bottoms just begin to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1 tbsp orange juice, drizzle glaze over cookies. Eat and enjoy!




Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Oo these look so delicious and of course, as always, I LOVE your photography! Can't wait to try these myself! :)

Jocie's Mom said...

Great cookies! And a sure fire way to rein in the Little Man :) Thanks for sharing

Sandra said...

Oh how delicious those look!!! You are just magician to me!!! Yummy yum!

Blog is the New Black said...

These look delicious!

Mackenzie@ The Caramel Cookie said...

Yum! What a great cookie to make with kids!

Belinda @zomppa said...

I've never been able to get on a jury.... These cookies are a winner!

Kate@Diethood said...

Oh my worrrrd...these sound incredible! I love the addition of the glaze!

So Domesticated said...

Love berries, oranges, and shortbread... they look delectable!

Aisha Jameel said...

Oh my !!! It looks so damn tasty :)

Audrey Ellen @ My Scene and Herd said...

i love simple, buttery shortbread, this version looks amazing!

Medifast Coupons said...

Great looking shortbread, thanks for the recipe to try, perfect to do up some extra for gifts this weekend for Mother's Day sharing.

Char said...

YUM!! These look so good and well deserved after running around in the crappy weather (I have rain where I am too, if that helps!)

Lindselicious said...

These look so good, I love the way they look with the glaze on them too. Your photos are mouthwatering!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum said...

This looks lovely for an afternoon tea! ;) I made something similar not too long ago but mine were more cakey. I like how perfectly round yours are!

Jun said...

Looks so delicious!

kimberlycun said...

yummy, just the sound of it makes my mouth salivates! :D

purabi naha said...

hi, congrats! your recipe really looks good!

Linda @ Lemon Drop said...

these look wonderful! and your photos are fantastic.
Linda @ Lemon Drop

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Kim - Liv Life said...

Amber, these cookies are my kind of cookie! I made something with an orange glaze on it over the holidays and it ended up being my favorite of the season.
Oh, how I remember those "Mommy, will you play with me!" days! I hate to say this, but do enjoy them as one of these days you will not longer be part of that Super Hero Club!
The fire hydrant part... well, that part stays for awhile!!

Michelle Benoit (Chocolate Central) said...

These shortbread deserve a bookmark. They look so good! Love your site. Thanks to Foodbuzz I just discovered it. Congratulations!

Claire Gallam said...

Absolutely gorgeous cookies, dear!!

Unknown said...

Congrats- you certainly deserve this number 1 spot today! And I am right there with ya on the playing boy games and cleaning up the bathroom. All. Day. Long. Oy vey!

Danielle said...

These look delicious! I'm a fellow blogger, foodie and mom. Love your blog, especially the photography. Can't wait to try some of your recipes. If you're interested, my blog can be found at


Unknown said...

They just look plain di-licious. I wish I had one right now to enjoy with my cup of French Earl Grey tea. Love the site - so happy to have found you through FoodBuzz. Consider me your latest follower and foodie friend! x

sara @ CaffeIna said...

How not to answer "awesome" to these cookies! considering my favorite cookie is shortbread and that I just fell in love with cranberries in my baking, I'm in for these, rain or not!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

Oh how I LOVE shortbread! These look absolutely amazing and your photos are just beautiful. Congrats on the Top 9! :)

Emily Malloy said...

Absolutely lovely!

Emily Malloy said...

Absolutely lovely!

Anonymous said...

These look like the perfect break to me :) Yum!

kathleen said...


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Claire Gallam said...

Some of the most gorgeous cookies I have ever seen!!

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes said...


I love this recipe - particularly the glaze.

Thanks for sharing!!

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