December 16, 2019

Wholewheat Cranberry Shortbread Cookies (Eggless) | Christmas Bakes

Cookies and Quick breads are perfect edible gifts for Xmas and I bake more of the latter than the former , but there's always a reason to get into the mood, right ?;) 

Kids get super excited with Xams parties at school (the newest trend these days) and at home (Check out our ultra-mini Xmas tree at home), so I pushed myself (out of a million things happening here) to see two smiling faces beaming when the cookies came out of the oven ! 

And that was worth all the effort (although if you are a pro-cookie baker, its child's play).

While the Yuletide season is (almost) upon us, everyone around seems to get into a Christmassy-mood :) store fronts are dressed up, Santas seen in malls, the colors of the season Red-Green-White showing up everywhere from dresses to wreaths to gift stores.

Why not bake something quick , light and child friendly for the season. Today's post is adapted from  here (with some major and minor tweaks). But all in all, it was delicious. I have used tinned (and dried) cranberries,but the recipe would vary slightly if you use fresh berries.

This bake goes to #christmasTreats at FoodieMondayBloghop where Mayuri is hosting the theme this week. Do check out her blog for bakes from around the world including a very special post on Edible gift ideas for Xmas. 

Let's get baking, shall we? 

Prep time- 10 mins , Baking time- 18 to 20 mins (per batch) ; Makes : 10-12 cookies

You need:
Wholewheat flour - 1.15 cups (1 cup= 200 ml)
Cold Butter - 40 grams
Olive Oil - 2 TBSP
Salt - a teeny weeny pinch
Dried Cranberries - 2 heaped Tablespoons
Cinnamon powder - 1/4 tsp (opt. - I added)
Confectioner's Sugar - 1/4 cup (less 1 tsp as the dried cranberries had sugar added to them)
Vanilla essence - a generous tsp


How to:

  • In a bowl, cream grated cold butter ,oil and sugar well. Add the essence, salt and mix, fold in the cinnamon powder, cranberries and wholewheat flour. 
  • Gently make into a dough (don't over knead). Shape into a rectangular log and wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 20-30 mins.  
  • Towards the end of the resting period, Preheat oven to 175 C. grease and line a baking tray. Cut the log with a sharp knife into medium sized cookies and place on the tray. 
  • Bake for 18-20 mins (flipping midway) till the cookies are baked (they may be slightly soft when taken out but harden on cooling on a wire rack). Store in airtight containers !

Celebrate Xmas and New years with many more edible gifts like :

Wholewheat Almond-Chocolate Cupcakes

Quick Multigrain Almond Bread

Eggless Banana Chocochip Bread with Cranberries and Coconut Sugar

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Coconut kissed Chocochip Vegan bread


  1. I love the sound of these cookies, loaded with dried fruit. It's so great that you have made these using whole wheat flour!

  2. I usually bake cranberry shortbread cookies for Christmas, to give away as Christmas gift, this year haven't baked them. I'd love to try your wheat version.The cookies look soft and melt in the mouth kind.

  3. Hey wow you can be my Santa with these amazing cookies. Must say thank to the kids for getting you in the mood to vale these yummiest cookies

  4. Cookies looks awesome. Loved the use of whole wheat flour in cookies. Perfect for kids and adults both. And these cranberry cookies are also a perfect gift for Christmas.

  5. I bake cranberry cookies with oats. I loved your whole wheat version. They make for a perfect Christmas treat.

  6. Cranberry short bread cookies looks very delicious kalayani. I love your baking style, you share healthy baking recipes. I tried your multigrain almond bread it came super tasty😋👌.

  7. Loving this cranberry cookies, quick and simple and so so delicious and yes a perfect gift for family and friends

  8. Cranberry cookies are baked to perfection. These cookies are perfect to gift for this festive season.

  9. Such a melt in mouth cranberry cookies. looks irresistible and delicious. This reminds me of last year christmas when I baked these cookies. Perfect gift for christmas


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