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Crystallized Ginger or Candied Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Recipe By Elizabeth Bannas, daughter of Savory Spice Shop—Sellwood/Portland, OR owners Jim & Anne Brown

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cooking Time

18 Minutes

Recipe By Elizabeth Bannas, daughter of Savory Spice Shop—Sellwood/Portland, OR owners Jim & Anne Brown

You won't find these at your typical cookie exchange! This is a quick recipe, so it's easy to make all three versions of this shortbread for a fun and sophisticated way to present a revamped classic cookie.


For dough base (makes one version):

1 cups unsalted butter, softened

½ cups packed light brown sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

¼ tsp. Kosher Salt

For crystallized ginger version:

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

For candied lemon version:

0.125 tsp. Powdered Spanish Saffron

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

For candied orange version:

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Ground Ginger (Organically Sourced)

    Ginger is native to Southeast Asia and is now also cultivated in Africa, Australia, and Jamaica. Ginger was introduced to Europe and the Middle Eas...

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  • Natural Vanilla Extract

    It is our intention to always offer high-quality, pure vanilla extracts. However, rapidly increasing prices may have taken vanilla off the table fo...

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  • Black Onyx Chocolate Sugar

    The cocoa kissed possibilities of this sugar are limitless. Featuring our rich Black Onyx Cocoa Powder, this sugar is decadent with brownie-like fl...

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  • Baker's Brew Coffee Spice

    The aroma you’ll smell when you open this is sure to get your mind racing about the delectable desserts you can make. While we had desserts in mind...

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  • Cubed Crystallized Ginger

    Crystallized ginger, or candied ginger, is young, fibreless ginger that has been steeped in cane sugar syrup and crystallized. The sweet, yet sharp...

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  • Pure Lemon Extract (Organically Sourced)

    Our organically sourced Pure Lemon Extract smells like a fresh-picked lemon and has a clean, fruity flavor. It tastes so good because only the very...

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  • Pure Orange Extract (Organically Sourced)

    Only the finest pure Valencia orange oil from California is used to make this Pure Orange Extract. This results in an extract that tastes sweet and...

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  • Hawaiian Red Gold Sea Salt

    Why is this salt red and does it really taste different than other salts? The answer to the first question is legendary medicinal clay lade...

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  • Candied Orange Peel Strips

    Our candied orange peel strips are uniform in size and have been dusted with dextrose, which helps reduce the stickiness of the candied coating and...

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Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 5 min. Stir in extract from the version of cookie you're making. Combine flour, kosher salt, spice and candied ginger or citrus option in a small bowl, reserving sugar for later use. Slowly stir dry ingredients into butter-sugar mixture until barely combined then beat until a smooth dough comes together. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and flatten to 1/2-inch disks. (The dough can also be refrigerated then rolled as cutout cookies.) Dip disks in bowl of sugar for the version you're making to lightly coat each side then set on parchment-lined baking sheets. (For candied lemon version, also sprinkle tops of cookies with a small pinch of the sea salt.) Bake for 13 to 18 min. or until pale golden. Cool completely on baking sheets before serving. #HolidayCookies