Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dessert: Amaretto Cranberry Shortbread Slices

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Skip the Thanksgiving pie this year and whip up this easy Amaretto Cranberry Shortbread Slices studded with fresh cranberries and scented with amaretto liquor instead.

This post is part six of a six part series on Hosting a Vegetarian Thanksgiving. Please visit post one for the full menu and tips a hosting your own meat-free holiday.

Cranberry Shortbread Slices

And just like that, we are already at the last part of this month long Thanksgiving series! With Thanksgiving approaching in just a few days, I’m going to bet you probably already have most of your menu picked out. With that being said, I’m going to go ahead and throw one last recipe in front of you in case you may need another dessert idea: Amaretto Cranberry Shortbread Slices.

I know what you are thinking…cookies…for Thanksgiving? Wait, hear me out! Pies are the usual go-to but they can also be insanely time consuming and rather difficult to get right (soggy pie? Been there. Shrunken pie crust? done that). You are already having to worrying about 10 billion other kitchen things (okay, maybe an exaggeration but close) on Thursday, why add another huge project to the list? These cranberry shortbread slices take no time at all to make are just as festive with their cranberry sauce and candied cranberry topping.

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I’m going to keep it short today since I know you are all busy prepping for the holiday. Thanks so much for following this series along this past month! It’s been so much fun to cook an entire feast for all of you and I’m excited to hear how the recipes go on the big day.

Okay, and before I sign off, I know you got this but just in case you are still trying to figure things out for Thanksgiving on Thursday, here are a few link suggestions:

Cranberry Shortbread Slices recipe below:

Cranberry Shortbread Slices

Amaretto Cranberry Shortbread Cookie Slices
Easy shortbread slice cookies studded with fresh cranberries and scented with amaretto liquor
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 327 kcal
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp amaretto (optional)
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter , melted
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup candied cranberries (recipe below)
  • Amaretto
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9" tart pan. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Make a well in the center and pour 1 Tbsp amaretto and melted butter. Use a spatula to fold the dry ingredient into the wet until everything is combined and a crumbly dough as formed.
  2. Set aside 1/3 cup dough in a small bowl and put into the freezer for the time being. Press the remaining dough into the prepared tar and baked for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool slightly (about ten minutes).
  3. Spread cranberry sauce evenly over the crust, leaving 1/2 inch border. Scoop the candied cranberries over the jam. Remove the remaining dough from the freezer and sprinkle it over the cherries and jam.
  4. Bake for an additional 30 minutes or until the top has browned. Let cool before slicing and serving.
Nutrition Facts
Amaretto Cranberry Shortbread Cookie Slices
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 233mg10%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Candied Cranberries
Tone down cranberries' overpoweringly tart trait by candying them!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 1 /2 cup
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  1. Add 1/2 cup sugar and water into a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir continually until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries, making sure they are all coated with the mixture. Transfer cranberries onto a wire rack with parchment paper underneath it. Let dry at least one hour.
  2. Roll the cranberries in the remaining sugar and transfer back to wire rack. Let dry before serving.

Cranberry Shortbread Slices



  • betty
    November 20, 2016

    Oh goodness Shelly, your thanksgiving series had me DROOLING, and this dessert is such a perfect finish! I never dreamed of a giant pie-like shortbread cookie, that you can SLICE to individual portions! So gorgeous – pinned!!!!

  • Jennifer Farley
    November 21, 2016

    This looks absolutely incredible. We actually decided to go out for Thanksgiving this year (I know), but I am bookmarking this for Christmas. Shortbread is one of my favorite things, and with the cranberry combination… I’m smitten.

  • Sophie | The Green Life
    November 21, 2016

    Oh my, this sounds absolutely amazing Shelly!! I might make this for the holidays! I loved this series so much, what a fabulous idea. Happy Thanksgiving to you. xx

  • Christiann
    November 21, 2016

    Oh my goodness. I want to stop everything right now and make holiday shortbread!! Thanks for the inspiration, this looks divine!!

  • thalia @ butter and brioche
    November 21, 2016

    I am loving the idea of an amaretto flavoured shortbread! totally have to make these, even if we don’t do thanksgiving here in Australia. I adore all the photos Xx

  • Aysegul Sanford
    November 21, 2016

    WOW! What a great idea to finish of the Thanksgiving feast. I am a huge fan of candied cranberries and can only imagine how awesome they must be on that giant cookie.
    Gorgeous photos and styling too. Cheers!

  • Valentina @Hortus
    November 23, 2016

    I don’t think I had ever seen fresh cranberries ever before this post – not even in photos. It is kind of exciting to be following thanksgiving prepping from the other side of the globe. Love the fact that there’s amaretto in this! I might try it with cherries when the season is right (amaretto works wonders with cherries!), since we don’t get cranberries 🙂

  • loans online
    November 26, 2016

    Kiváló cikket! Nem vagyok vegetáriánus, de a képek meg nagyon gusztusos

  • soulbeet
    November 27, 2016

    I’ve loved your Thanksgiving series! Such a great idea, Shelly! I’m inspired to start a series of my own, if I can carve out the time 🙂


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