5 from 13 votes
Fresh Cranberry Shortbread Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins

These Fresh Cranberry Shortbread Bars make a great Thanksgiving dessert or a beautiful addition to a Christmas cookie platter!  Simple, buttery, and full of sweet-tart cranberry flavor, the white chocolate and macadamia nuts make them even more special!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, British
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 323 kcal
Author: Amy
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips or coarsely chopped white chocolate
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts (optional)
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen* cranberries, rinsed and patted dry
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9x13" baking dish with a parchment paper sling for easier removal after baking.

  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the vanilla and salt.

  3. Add flour and stir, just until combined, then fold in the white chocolate chips and chopped macadamia nuts.

  4. Lightly press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan using your fingers.  Pour the cranberries over top, then crumble the remaining dough over the cranberries.  It's okay if cranberries can be seen beneath the top layer of shortbread.

  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, just until the edges are starting to turn golden.

  6. Cool completely before slicing into small bars.  

Recipe Notes

* I like to buy extra cranberries when they are in the store and then freeze them for baking throughout the year since they can be difficult to find.  There is no need to defrost your cranberries if using frozen in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Fresh Cranberry Shortbread Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 239mg 10%
Potassium 70mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 16g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 9.6%
Vitamin C 2.1%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 6.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.