Cranberry and Pepper Shortbread Bites


If you're a fan of the sweet and savory combo, these cranberry shortbread cookies will quickly become your new favorite treat!

Cranberry and Pepper Shortbread Bites
Photo: Adam Albright
Prep Time:
25 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 3 mins
4 dozen shortbread bites


  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup sugar

  • cup cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup cold butter

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 tablespoon pink peppercorns, crushed

  • 2 tablespoon very finely snipped dried cranberries

  • Coarse salt or pearl decorating sugar (optional)


  1. In a food processor, process almonds until finely chopped. Add flour, sugar, cornstarch and salt; process with several on/off turns until mixed. Add butter and vanilla; process until slightly crumbly. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and divide in half. Add peppercorns to one half and knead until smooth. Add cranberries to other half and knead until smooth. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll one portion of dough to 1/4-inch thick. Cut with a 2-inch round cutter. Place 1-inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse salt or pearl decorating sugar.

  3. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes or until edges and bottoms just start to brown. Transfer to wire rack and let cool. Repeat with remaining portion of dough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

78 Calories
5g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 78
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 58mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 23mg 0%
Folate, total 12.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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