Skip to main content

Blood Orange Shortbread Cookies

Welcome to #SpringSweetsWeek 2022 hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks!   Flowers are starting to bloom, the weather is getting warmer, and we're celebrating with spring sweets and a fun giveaway!  

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product from sponsor companies to help in the creation of my recipes.  All opinions are mine alone.  

This year 22 food bloggers from around the country are sharing over 75 sweet recipes that are perfect for spring.  So say bye bye to the snow and cold weather and get ready to enjoy amazing spring treats like cupcakes, cookies, pies, dessert boards, and even a few beverages!

I'm kicking things off with one of the easiest cookies there are to make, shortbread. Even though the base recipe is simple there are so many ways you can change them up.  Melissa's Produce sent us an amazing selection and one of items were blood oranges.

I zested them and added that to the dough, along with some of the juice.  The dough may look messy but form it into a disk as well as you can, wrap it and refrigerate it.


Roll out between parchment or waxed paper. I used Glad Press n Seal on the top and a pastry mat, it makes the clean up so much easier and the mat doesn't slide around.


I used a square cookie cutter with a scalloped edge. Re-roll scraps, being careful not to overwork the dough. Shortbread cookies don't spread so you can put a bunch on one sheet.

My go to baking sheets are the Anolon Advanced. They have nice big non slip grips and you don't ever need cooking spray or parchment paper! The cookies bake somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes. You want them to be golden brown on the bottom.

Let them cool completely on a wire rack and then move the rack back to the baking sheet. I made a glaze using Dixie Crystals powdered sugar and blood orange juice. I dipped the cookies into the glaze and then put them back onto the racks to set.

The glaze turns out to be a gorgeous pink color, perfect for spring! You can dip half the cookie, all of it, or even dip the underside and leave the tops plain.

Even with the glaze, they're not an overly sweet cookie. They're rich and buttery, flaky and crisp. They are great with coffee or tea. They'd also be amazing flavored with lemon or lime or even grapefruit!

Our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes.  Thank you to Dixie Crystals, Melissa's Produce, Anolon, Sweets & Treats, Taylor and Colledge, and Nairn's for your generosity.  We have an incredible giveaway with six amazing prizes and would love if you would take a moment to read about it and the prizes that you can win!


Blood Orange Shortbread Cookies

Blood Orange Shortbread Cookies
Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal


  • 10 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3c Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • Zest from two blood oranges
  • 2 Tablespoons blood orange juice
  • For Glaze:
  • 3/4 cup Dixie Crystals powdered sugar
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons blood orange juice


  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment (This is unnecessary when using Anolon Advanced!).
  2. Beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add juice, zest and flour, mixing well. Work dough with hands to bring it together into a ball. It may feel crumbly. Flatten to a disk and then wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  3. Open disk and top with an additional sheet or use a pastry mat. Roll out to 1/4" thickness. Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters or use a knife to make squares. Move to baking sheets with a small spatula.
  4. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Cookies should be golden brown on the bottoms. Let sit on sheets for 1 to 2 minutes and move to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. For the glaze, combine powdered sugar and blood orange juice to desired consistency. Dip or drizzle cookies and then let the glaze set.

Other recipes you may enjoy:

orange, shortbread,

Monday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes

We share recipes from #SpringSweetsWeek on Pinterest! Make sure you follow the board to see all the delicious recipes shared this week.

Prize #1:  A $100 gift card to Melissa’s Produce + a 3 month produce subscription. 
 A display of fruit 
One winner will receive a $100 gift card to buy the freshest produce around!  Melissa’s has everything from common apples and oranges to exotic passion fruit and rambutans.  The winner will also receive a stunning selection of the most delicious produce around once a month for 3 months.  At Melissa’s Produce, the produce is selected at their peak perfection and packed by hand to ensure a safe arrival.   A $224 value. 
 Prize #2:  A candy making kit from Dixie Crystals A candy making kit 
Perfect for the candy making novice or even the most advanced candy maker!  Dixie Crystals is providing one winner with everything they need to make candy.  The winner will receive a waterproof candy thermometer, silicone candy molds, and stainless steel double boiler.  A $50 value.
 Prize #3:  A 5 piece Bakeware set from Anolon 5 piece Anolon bakeware set 
 Create dozens of bakeshop treats from gooey bar cookies to peanut butter and chocolate brownies to banana nut bread and more with all of the essentials in an expertly curated nonstick bakeware set. This bakeware is designed to stand up to the rigors of everyday baking with the convenience craved by creative bakers.  This 5 piece baking set includes Two 9-Inch Round Cake Pans, a 9-Inch Square Cake Pan, a 14-Inch x 16-Inch Cookie Sheet, and a 11-Inch x 14-Inch Cooling Rack.  A $65 value.  
Prize #4:  An assorted box of baking supplies from Sweets & Treats Sweets & Treats Cupcakes Sweets & Treats will provide one winner with an assorted box of baking supplies including liners, sprinkles, toppers, and other fun baking supplies.  Sweets & Treats has the best selection of cupcake liners, cupcake topper, paper straws, and molds.
   Prize #5:  A Selection of three extract pastes from Taylor and Colledge
  Taylor & Colledge 
 One winner will receive a selection of extracts to include almond, lemon, and lavender. In 1897, Taylor & Colledge won its first award for excellence in vanilla. Since then, the Taylor & Colledge commitment for unsurpassed quality has earned its reputation as one of the world’s finest producers of vanilla.
 Prize #6:  A selection of three flavors of Gluten Free Grahams from Nairn’s.  
 One winner will receive a box of each Nairn's Original, Chocolate Chip, Stem Ginger Oat Grahams.  Nairn's has been baking oats since 1896. They use simple, natural, and wholesome ingredients in their products.

Thank you #SpringSweetsWeek Sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Anolon, Sweets & Treats,  Melissa’s Produce, Taylor and Colledge, and Nairn’s for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The #SpringSweetsWeek giveaway is open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older.   All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Six (6) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The #SpringSweetsWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #SpringSweetsWeek posts or entry.


Cindy Kerschner said…
I love your take on an orange shortbread. These sound so inviting! Great color too!
Karen said…
I love the ones that are half dipped in the glaze. So gorgeous and delicious I'm sure!
What a pretty cookie! I love the specks of orange too!
Hezzi-D said…
I like that the orange is in the cookie and the glaze...they are beautiful!
Cookaholic Wife said…
I can just imagine how much orange flavor is bursting from these. They look so good!
Lisa said…
I am on my way to get blood oranges to make these. I love the half dipped ones!
Inger said…
Love this combo! Pretty and tasty!
Radha said…
Stunning! Love these delicious blood orange flavored cookies!
Rebecca said…
These look absolutely delightful. Can't wait to give them a try.

Popular posts from this blog

Copycat Dunkin Donuts Egg White & Veggie Omelet Bites

I'm a huge fan of the Dunkin Donuts Power Breakfast sandwich, so when I started seeing ads for the new Egg White & Veggie Omelet Bites I stopped in and gave them a try.  They were delicious, but of course, I knew I could make them at home.  I started with the whites of six eggs. You can use pasturized whites if you don't want to do the whole separating, finding a use for the yolks thing.  I beat them up with some salt and pepper. Next up, the tomato and spinach.  I used grape tomatoes, seeded them and then chopped them into 1/4" pieces. I like baby spinach, and I took about 10 leaves and chopped those up into 1/4" pieces as well. I added that to the egg mixture.  When you pour it into the pans, be sure that it all gets evenly distributed.   They bake up pretty quickly, around 9 minutes or so.  Dunkin gives you two egg bites, the mini donut serving size is three. I pop them in ziplocs in the fridge and just pull a bag and reheat them in the microwave for a quick

Copycat Dunkin Donuts Bacon and Cheddar Omelet Bites

Since I already came up with a version of Dunkin Donuts new Egg White & Veggie Omelet Bites for myself, I decided to make the other variety that they are offering, Bacon & Cheddar, for my husband. Super simple.  Beat up some eggs with salt and pepper.  Add in some shredded cheddar and a slice of bacon cut into 1/4" pieces (I used kitchen shears).  Bake them for about 9 minutes in sprayed mini donut pans. They baked up light and fluffy.  The bacon stayed crisp and there's just the perfect amount of cheese.   I split them up into portions in zip top bags and that way we can just grab a bag and warm them up. My husband laughed when I told him 3 is the serving size.  I'll definitely be doubling the recipe next time! Copycat Dunkin Donuts Bacon & Cheddar Omelette Bites Print With Image Without Image Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal Ingredients 4 large eggs 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3T shredded cheddar cheese 1 slice cooked bacon, cut in 1/4" piec

Lemon Pizzelles

  One of the first cookies I can remember eating is a pizzelle, and I'm still a huge fan today.  Even though you need a special iron to make them, the rest of it is really so simple. This time around I took the basic pizzelle recipe and instead of vanilla or anise, I used Adams lemon extract. I also used some of their yellow food coloring to distinguish them from my regular pizzelle.