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December 22, 2014
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Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Don’t sleep on these Citrus Shortbread Cookies! The bright flavors of California Citrus take this traditional holiday cookie to a whole new level!

Three Citrus Shortbread Cookies.

This time of year, it’s difficult not to feast on every confection that finds itself under our noses, but if you are one to save yourself for only those that are worthy, Citrus Shortbread Cookies are it!

Citrus Shortbread Cookies with Orange Twist Laying Next to Them

Without a doubt, the fresh citrus sends this traditional shortbread cookie to the next level. With flecks of orange zest in the dough and hints of sweetness in the glaze, your taste buds will be wowed.

Citrus Shortbread Cookies on Plate with Milk Next to Them

I made these as a special treat for Santa as he’s traveling through California. I figured we could make sure he knows where the good stuff is grown!

Orange Zest on Zester Tool

Citrus Shortbread Cookie Dough Rolled Out into Tube-Like Shape

Citrus Shortbread Cookie Dough Sliced into 1/2 inch Pieces

As you can see, I was not shy with the thickness of my cookies. I cut them into generous 1/2 inch slices. Go big or go home!

Citrus Shortbread Cookies Placed Next to Orange Slice

Adding a few more strokes of zest to the glaze before it sets makes these cookies extra festive.

Close-Up of Citrus Shortbread Cookies and Orange Slice

Want to impress Santa this year? Here’s how to make Citrus Shortbread Cookies!

Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Susan, CA GROWN Mom
California citrus takes your favorite holiday cookie to the next level
3.50 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 234 kcal


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Zest of one large orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • Juice from large orange


  • Beat butter and sugar together until creamy.
  • Put in orange zest and vanilla.
  • Add egg yolks and beat just until incorporated.
  • Include in flour and salt and beat just until incorporated.
  • Roll into 2 separate logs and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (can be overnight).
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove logs and slice with a sharp knife into 1/2″ slices.
  • Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 18 minutes, or until bottoms and edges just start to brown.
  • Cool on wire rack.
  • Mix together the powdered sugar and juice of orange. Blend until smooth.
  • Glaze each cooled cookie and sprinkle more zest.
  • Allow glaze to set and serve.


Store in airtight container for up to a week or freeze. 


Serving: 2cookiesCalories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 122mgPotassium: 62mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 120IUCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
Keyword citrus, cookie, dessert, holiday cookie, shortbread
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One thought on “Citrus Shortbread Cookies

  1. These look fantastic. I wish I could be right there when you baked them so I could try one! Love that you used so many egg yolks and that they are so bright yellow!

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