TWD- Not-Just-for Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread Cake

 Do you like cranberries? They, it seems to me, are conflicted. They can be yummy- dried is pretty much the only way I like them. Doused with sugar and canned is the only way most other people I know like them. But this week’s TWD was a great new twist to the fickle fruit. Dorie’s Cranberry Shortbread Cake is a layer of cranberry jam sandwiched in shortbread. 
The cranberry jam was quick- orange and cranberry cooked with sugar and water:

The recipe says to cook the jam for about 5 minutes- mine took closer to 12.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this- it says “shortbread” but it also says “cake.” Which is it? I’m going to say it was really more like shortbread cookies with a layer of jam between.

My kids loved this- they ate it for dessert Sunday night, and then one of them wanted it for breakfast the next morning. I think next time I would leave out the orange zest- the orange flavor almost overpowered the cranberries. Or, skip the cranberries altogether and make with raspberries! Yum!
The recipe will be here.

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7 thoughts on “TWD- Not-Just-for Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread Cake

  1. Jessica says:

    Hooray for happy, cake eating kiddos! I'm so happy this was a hit in your house. Your cake looks fantastic, and thanks so much for baking along with me this week!

  2. Jaime says:

    I wasn't sure what to expect either – shortbread or cake… i think it was somewhere in between 🙂 i'm used to shortbread being crunchy… this did remind me of strawberry shortcakes though!

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