Publishing this recipe that is apt for the in-betweens of Christmas and Chinese New Year: Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies! While we often see the non-chocolate version available, I thought to make a simple and more indulgent twist through the use of cocoa and nuts. Apart from the recipe, I will be sharing some tips on shaping them as the batter might be intimidating to work with.

A video is available here as well!

Perhaps let me start off these Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies with the biggest question we have in our head: Shaping.

There are three methods I’ve tried and tested: Free-hand, Cookie-Cutter and Rolling (Log / Square / Rectangle).

  • Free-hand method
    – Simply place all of the cookie batter into a square tray, refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours, and then slice them up
    – Easier to execute regardless of ingredients used (e.g. nuts), but you have to use a square tray of at most 7 x 7 inches and you cannot halve the recipe (unless you use a even smaller tray)
    – Can be uneven
  • Cookie-Cutter
    – Place batter into a refrigerator for 2 hours, and remove to roll out using a rolling pin
    – Use your cookie cutter to make desired shapes
    – This method can be challenging if using harder or bulky ingredients such as nuts, as the cookie cutter might not be strong enough to slice through
  • Rolling
    – Recommended method for even shapes all the way through
    – After refrigerating for an hour, remove batter into a long piece of parchment paper and roll into desired shape
    – You can use a bread / dough scraper to help you shape and even out the corners

Rolling method as visualized above. I used a scrapper to help me. For a round log, just roll it and it will come out circular.

Various shaping methods as illustrated above.

Now, into the flavours of these Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies. I do prefer to add some well chopped up nuts and chocolate bits into these cookies for a melty, and balanced flavour. Additionally, the use of nuts do give additional crunch and textures. It’s important to take note however, chopping and shaping these would be more challenging with the use of nuts as these are hard and bulky.

These still taste good with cranberries alone. For Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies made using only cranberries, they tend to be easier to shape.

Should you not be satisfied with the shape you have created, simply merge them into a ball of dough again and restart from there!

Regardless of what fillings you use, do make sure not to overbake these as the fillings could burn within the cookies easily.

Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Recipe
by Javier Tan December-30-2021

These Chcolate Cranberry Shortbreads are buttery without being too sweet, with a nice kick of cocoa! Fit for any occasion.


  • 1 Cup or 225g Butter, Unsalted
  • 1 Cup or 115g of Powdered Sugar, Sifted
  • Pinch of of Salt
  • 2 Tsps or 10ml of Vanilla Essence
  • 2 and 1/4 Cups or 270g of All-Purpose Flour, Sifted
  • 1/2 Cup or 45g of Cocoa Powder, Sifted
  • 1/2 Cup or 50g of Cranberries, Chopped
  • Approx 1/2 Cup or 30g of Assorted Nuts (Optional, harder to slice if used)
  • Approx 1/3 Cup or 40g of Chocolate Chunks (Optional, harder to slice if used)


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C or 350 F and line your baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Then, cream together the butter and sugar until well-combined (about 2 minutes).
  3. Next, whisk in the vanilla and salt.
  4. In a separate large bowl, combine the sifted flour, sifted cocoa powder, cranberries, nuts and chocolate.
  5. Then, fold in the dry ingredient mixture into the butter sugar mixture until well-combined and consistent.
  6. Shape according to instructions in blog post. For the rolling method (log / rectangle), refrigerate for an hour before shaping in a large piece of parchment paper and slicing.
  7. Slice 2cm thick, and bake for 10.5 to 13 minutes or until the shortbreads are darkened and cranberries are duller (but not burnt).
  8. Once done, let it rest for 30 minutes before storing in an airtight container.
  9. Serve and enjoy!


  • Prep time: 2 hours
  • Cook time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Yield: 40 Rich and Fragrant Chocolate Cranberry Shortbreads


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  2. Store well at room temperature for at least two weeks.
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– Bakeomaniac, Javier Tan