Fruit and Nut Shortbread #Recipe

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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I love shortbread cookies. Here’s a colorful take on the popular holiday cookie, taken from  page 230 of the Best Of Bridge Holiday Classics cookbook. The recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Fruit and Nut Shortbread

Courtesy of Best of Bridge Holiday Classics by The Best of Bridge 2014 © Reprinted with publisher permission.

Fruit and Nut Shortbread

A colorful addition to your Christmas baking.


  • 1⁄2 lb butter 250 g
  • 1 cup brown sugar 250 mL
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups flour 500 mL
  • 2⁄3 cup glacé cherries, halved 150 mL
  • 1⁄2 cup walnuts, chopped 125 mL


Cream butter and sugar. Add yolk and flour. Cut in fruit and nuts. Shape dough into two rolls 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and roll in waxed paper. Chill overnight. While still cold and waxed paper still on, take a sharp knife and cut thin slices (1⁄8 inch/3 mm). Set on greased cookie sheets, remove waxed paper and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 10 minutes. (Slightly brown edges).

Note: Twist cookies off sheet.

Be sure to check out my Best of Bridge Holiday Classics review!

Best of Bridge Holiday Classics cookbook

  • Series: The Best of Bridge
  • Spiral-bound: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose; Spi edition (October 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778804879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778804871
  • Cover price $29.95

Best Of Bridge Holiday Classics Cookbook

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patricia Marsden December 15, 2014 - 5:56 am

I just wish that most shortbreads were not so dry.

Ashley S January 7, 2015 - 10:47 am

Looks delicious! Love shortbread 🙂

Crystal January 8, 2015 - 12:26 am

My daughter’s favorite cookies right now are shortbread cookies covered in dark chocolate. It seems so grown up! I need to try these next!

Scott January 8, 2015 - 1:35 pm

I love shortbread too, but never tried to make it on my own. Always relied on mom to do it!

Kelly Hutchinson January 8, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Shortbread cookies never last very long in our house! With fruits and nuts, they would go even more quickly!


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