My all-time favorite Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

A good freind of mine brought me these for Christmas one year.  I insisted on having the recipe!  They are so delicate in flavor and the dried cranberries add just the perfect slightly chewy texture.  Warning:  They are addictive!!

3/4 cup confectioners sugar

1 cup unsalted butter softened

1/4 tsp salt

2/3 cup dried cranberries (chopped)*

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

Cream sugar, butter and salt.  Blend in cranberries and vanilla.  Mix in the flour.  Roll our and cut into squares (or shapes).  Bake 13-18 minutes in preheated 325 degree oven on parchment paper lined cookie sheet until pale brown.

*A coffee bean grinder works well to chop the cranberries.