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Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Recipe

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Recipe

I have today off, but Josh had to work…so I am having a “me” day. I am going to the gym, doing a little shopping, cleaning, and baking. I also hope to start a new book and relax for a little bit.

After the holidays, I took a baking break. I tend to overdo it during December, I just can’t stop baking. I love it, but it wore me out this year.

My break didn’t last very long. I missed my KitchenAid Mixer, she is my best friend in the kitchen, besides my husband:) Baking is also a great stress reliever for me-I need to bake-it cheers me up. I turn on my tunes and let my creative juices go. I love the entire process- measuring, mixing, taking my creation out of the oven, testing, and sharing with others. Baking makes me happy. I just love it.

I was having a “down” day last week so I decided to bake dark chocolate cranberry cookies to lift my spirits. These cookies did the trick. I loved getting back into my baking groove. I usually do white chocolate with cranberry, but this time I decided to go dark. I loved the sweet cranberries with the deep dark chocolate. Mmmm!

I am going to make these for Valentine’s Day-I think they are the perfect cookie for the day of LOVE! Bake a batch for your special someone!


Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes


1/2 c. dark brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
1 egg
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1 1/4 c. flour
1 1/4 c. oats
1 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Nestle Special Dark)
3/4 cup dried cranberries


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat and set aside.

Combine sugars and butter with an electric mixer until creamy-this will take about two minutes. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

In a separate bowl combine the salt, baking powder, soda, flour. Whisk together. Add flour mixture slowly to the wet ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.

Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries.

Make dough balls-about 1 Tablespoon of dough per cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges and starting to set. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for about three minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

If you like these cookies, you might also like:

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries and White Chocolate from Two Peas and Their Pod
Cranberry Orange Buttermilk Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Oatmeal Flaxseed Cranberry Cookies from Baking Bites
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti from Andrea’s Recipes

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79 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Recipe”

  1. Erica — January 18, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    yummy! I want to make these for Josh but use cherries instead of cranberries (crazy guy isn’t a cranberry fan). Hope you had fun at pump this morning and got a great workout! I just got back from teaching pump and am about to get started on work! I may make a batch of granola bars though…hmmm :)

  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 18, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    These cookies look delicious!

    Baking is a stress reliever for me too! I love it :)

    Enjoy your day off!

  3. Lauren — January 18, 2010 @ 7:51 am

    Oooh! These look so good! I love the flavours in them =D.

  4. Michelle — January 18, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    I so can relate with you. Were trying to eat better and therfore I have been doing much less baking. My daughter lost 5 pounds since I cut back on my baking! She is in track so this has been a good time for me to cut back during her training for the Simplot Games.
    We had so many cookies during Christmas, I was sick of sweets too. But like you I like to bake and it relaxes me a whole bunch!
    Your cookies look so good and Im sure they made you feel better! Be sure to check out my blog on TWD day. The bars we made are incredible! I gave most of them away!!
    Enjoy your day off and happy MLKJD!

  5. kat — January 18, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    Dark chocolate & cranberries? Sign me up!

  6. Gaby — January 18, 2010 @ 9:07 am

    omg I am obsessed with dried cranberries in cookies! Love these!

  7. Meghan — January 18, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    I love the combination of dark chocolate and cranberries! I took a baking break as well but had to get back into it this weekend – I missed my mixer too :)

  8. Sara — January 18, 2010 @ 9:35 am

    Fabulous! You usually see cranberries with white chocolate, but I love the idea of dark!

  9. Dana — January 18, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    I’m jealous of your day! My husband is working and both boys are off from school. I am going to take them to yoga with me and then we’ll do something fun. Cookies are in my future too!

  10. Amanda — January 18, 2010 @ 10:22 am

    Sounds like a fabulous combination Maria! I agree, baking is such a stress reliever :)

  11. Elle — January 18, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    Oooh, nice! Dark chocolate and dried fruit is a winning combo!

  12. BethieofVA — January 18, 2010 @ 10:45 am

    I am making these for sure! I love the Hershey’s Dark Chocolate chips, excellent.
    I also have some cranberries to use up. These look delicious.

  13. Natashya — January 18, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    I love dark chocolate – looks yummy!

  14. bridget {bake at 350} — January 18, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    Baking makes me happy, too! These look delicious! I love chocolate and cranberries together! :)

  15. teresa — January 18, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    i love to bake as well, there’s just something so calming abou it. i’m in love with those cookies, and if it’s any consolation, i saw on dr. oz that dark chocolate is actually a “tummy tightening” food. so these cookies are practically health food!

  16. grace — January 18, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    you’re right–there’s something about the deep red cranberries and deep, rich dark chocolate that makes these appropriate for v day. make ’em in the shape of heart, why dontcha? :)

  17. Katrina — January 18, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    I love baking, too. You probably knew that! 😉
    Yum to the cookies. I just made some the other day with dark chocolate and tart dried cherries-also a great combo, they also had some granola and were on the vegan/healthy side. Good stuff.
    Your cookies look perfect!

  18. dawn — January 18, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    I love baking too. It gets my creative juices flowing for sure. Would you believe I still do not have a mixer? Crazy I know.

  19. Barabara Bakes — January 18, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

    Baking cheers me up too! I know these cookies would make me happy too!

  20. Rosa — January 18, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    Lovely cookies! That is a terrific combo!



  21. picky cook — January 18, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    I tend to head to the kitchen for a pick me up too. There is something comforting in the predictability and the process of baking. These cookies sound so interesting – wouldn’t have thought of this combo but it sounds delightful!

  22. stephchows — January 18, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    happy to hear these cookies were able to lift your spirits!! Have a wonderful me day!!

  23. Shannon — January 18, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

    these sound delicious!!

  24. Natalie — January 18, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    Mmm wow these look delicious, I bet dark chocolate and cranberries go perfectly together in cookies!

  25. beth — January 18, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    Great minds – I’ve just posted something very similar!!!

  26. Gloria — January 18, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

    These cookies look nice! gloria

  27. Liz - Meal Makeover Mom — January 18, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

    Dark chocolate plus anything works for me. Toss in some oatmeal, and I get really happy.
    So, what book did you start? I just finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (I wonder if anyone has ever made and enjoyed a Potato Peel Pie) and it was awesome. I think my next book will be Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

  28. Mary — January 18, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    These really look wonderful. Enjoy your day off.

  29. David H. — January 18, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    Oh, to have a cook like you in our home!

  30. Nadia @ for the love of yum — January 18, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    Maria, thanks so much for your comment on my site! It led me to discover your gorgeous blog! Your cookies look divine especially with the addition of cranberries. I made some dark chocolate choc. chip cookies and my husband’s little nieces even noticed the difference it makes as compared to semisweet.

    Look forward to checking out your archives!

  31. Manggy — January 18, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    Did not last long indeed, lol :) I like how it sits on its throne of chocolate chips. I bet it tastes fabulous! :)

  32. Chef Panda — January 18, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    I just made these cookies with craisins and milk chocolate chips (ran out of dark choc) and they are delicious!! Next time im gonna try them with dark chocolate. I just posted a pic of on Twitter :)

    My bf (and friends) love your Apple Cinnamon Squares, I think these cookies will be a hit too. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!

  33. Michelle — January 18, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    I know I’m probably the only person in America that does not like CC Cookies! But adding the dried cranberries makes CC Cookies extra special…have to make some!

  34. Jessica — January 18, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    Baking makes me happy, too girl! Though I do still have some Christmas cookies in my garage. They are going in the trash tomorrow. I haven’t baked a cookie since Christmas!

  35. twopeas — January 18, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

    Thanks everyone! I had a great day off!

    Dawn-you need to get a KA mixer for that new kitchen:)

    Liz-I started The Sharper the Knife, The Less You Cry. Have you read it?

    Nadia-thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again:)

    Chef Panda-I am glad you liked the cookies and the apple cinnamon squares!

  36. Jennifer — January 18, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

    LOVE the combination of the sweet cranberries and intense dark chocolate! my kind of oatmeal cookie!

  37. Kelly @ EvilShenanigans — January 18, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

    What pretty looking cookies! They sounds really tasty, too! Love chocolate and cranberry!

  38. tiffany — January 18, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

    yum! i don’t care for white chocolate so the dark makes me want these! you are supposed to call on your friends when you have a down day girl… :) you doin’ ok? xo

  39. Krista — January 18, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    YUM! These look great, as always!

  40. Gelareh @ Orange Truffle — January 18, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    your cookies look very yummy! I am doing a cookie sale in Feb… I will try some of your recipes

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