Dried-Cranberry Shortbread Diamonds

This simple shortbread makes a lovely addition to a cookie buffet.

Photography: Krause, Johansen

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2005


  • 4 sticks (1 pound) cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped dried cranberries


  1. Put butter, sugar, and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on low speed 15 seconds. Add flour and salt; mix until dough comes together, 3 to 5 minutes. Mix in cranberries. Divide dough in half; wrap each half in plastic. Refrigerate 30 minutes (or overnight).

  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out diamond shapes with a 3 1/2-by-2-inch cookie cutter. Repeat with remaining scraps of dough. Space 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.

  3. Bake until edges turn golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.


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