Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are buttery brown sugar cookies filled with melting chocolate chunks and chewy cranberries.

This soft and chewy cookie balances the tartness of cranberries against the rich decadence of dark chocolate. If you aren’t typically a fan of cranberries, try this recipe. You won’t eat just one.

Chewy Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

A perfectly baked cookie is one of my favorite desserts. Seriously. But, I simply cannot get enough of these cranberry chocolate chip cookies.

I only remember eating cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving as a kid. My mom just shook the purple blob out of the can onto a plate and served it. I had no idea you could use cranberries to make something as fantastic as these cranberry chocolate chip cookies.

But, now that I’ve worked with cranberries in my own kitchen, I have an appreciation for the versatility of this fruit. Its tartness goes well with other, sweeter fruit, and balances flavors well with cheeses and nuts.

In fact, I count on the high acidity of this red berry when making a lot of my baked goods. But, this berry has a dark side. A dark chocolate side, that I adore.

Cranberries and Chocolate

Who would have guessed that cranberries and chocolate would be one of my favorite flavor combinations? But, there’s no denying my love for them now.

I have a sweet tooth, admittedly. But, sometimes, a dessert can be overwhelming–either too sweet or too rich on its own. I want something that will tone down the sweetness.

Enter the cranberry. They are packed with so much tart flavor. They give so much more depth to your desserts.

Cranberry Pecan Brownies are a great example of a great cranberry and chocolate pairing. It’s unexpected and absolutely delicious.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Craisins may be used for the dried cranberries listed in the recipe. Keep in mind that they are typically sweeter than other choices for dried cranberries, so the cookies may not have a discernible sweet and tart contrast.

Whenever available, I use “dried cranberries” vs the more easily accessible Craisin brand. Both work nicely here, but the less sweet dried fruits are my preference.

Soft and Chewy Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat to combine. Add the egg and beat again until smooth and fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add the dry ingredients and beat to combine. Stir in the cranberries and chocolate chips.
  3. Drop generous 2 tablespoon portions onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown on the edges.
  4. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with Maldon salt, if desired. Let cool 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Soft and Chewy Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies have become one of my family’s top 5 favorite cookies. That says a lot, considering the fact that there are 74 cookie recipes on this website!

Coconut Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies have the crisp edges and soft centers that everyone craves. These oatmeal cookies are loaded with coconut and dried cranberries and they have been a hit with everyone who tries them.

Cranberry Christmas Cookies are filled with an abundance of fresh tart cranberries balanced by a buttery sweet cookie. This is not a classically crisp or chewy cookie. I created this cookie specifically to mimic everyone’s favorite Cranberry Christmas Cake. (I’m happy to say that these cookies have been an enormous hit with everyone who tries them!)

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Soft and Chewy Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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Buttery brown sugar cookies filled with melting chocolate chunks and chewy cranberries.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 22 mins
Servings: 18 cookies

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup dried cranberries see note below
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
  • Maldon flaked sea salt optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat to combine. Add the egg and beat again until smooth and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add the dry ingredients and beat to combine. Stir in the cranberries and chocolate chips.
  • Drop generous 2 tablespoon portions onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown on the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with Maldon salt, if desired. Let cool 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Craisins may be used for the dried cranberries listed in the recipe. Keep in mind that they are typically sweeter than other choices for dried cranberries, so the cookies may not have a discernible sweet and tart contrast. Whenever available, I use “dried cranberries” vs the more easily accessible Craisin brand. Both work nicely here, but the less sweet dried fruits are my preference.

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcal · Carbohydrates: 26g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 7g · Saturated Fat: 5g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 1g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 23mg · Sodium: 105mg · Potassium: 88mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 16g · Vitamin A: 171IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 40mg · Iron: 1mg
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    • Mary Younkin says

      While it’s hard to guess what went wrong without being in your kitchen with you, I’d need a little more information in order to even try. I’m sorry the cookies didn’t work out for you.

  1. Joan says

    Just made the cranberry chocolate chip cookies and they are so delicious. I added chopped walnuts to the recipe. My friends gave it a “10”. Easy to follow directions and it will be on my go to list. thank you!5 stars

  2. Lysanne Pelletier says

    Great recipe! But I have a question. I like my cookies flat and chewy like in your pictures. But mine ALWAYS come out fluffy. Any tips?

    • Mary Younkin says

      It sounds like you might be adding a smidge too much flour. How do you typically measure it? I spoon the flour into a measuring cup and then level it with a knife. I also use Large eggs, never jumbo or extra large. I hope that helps!

  3. Helena Guzman says

    so I DO NOT like cranberries in my cookies, would I be able to skip that part and not mess it up? Or Do I need to keep looking for a different recipe of yours?