Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Recipe

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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!

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Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Servings
2 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries.
  5. 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

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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 πŸ™‚

  2. 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!

  3. 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 πŸ™‚

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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? πŸ™‚

  7. I love baking, too. You probably knew that! πŸ˜‰
    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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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 πŸ™‚

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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… πŸ™‚ you doin’ ok? xo

  16. What a delicious variation of the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. There’s nothing like a little dark chocolate to perk you up when you are feeling down πŸ™‚

  17. Haha, when I was reading this I was thinking the exact opposite. Baking stresses me out! I am not one to measure ingredients, or follow recipes, so it is safe to say I have had some frustration baking πŸ™‚ However, the way you feel baking is totally the way I feel cooking! These cookies look wonderful, I think I will make a batch for v-day!

  18. Cranberries and dark chocolate are delicious together. I think you did the right thing with these cookies. Your V-day idea is great.

    I know how you feel about baking. When I’m home alone all day, baking is like a default activity.

  19. Me days are so nice, but like you I end up in the kitchen anyway lol. Your cookies look so good! Cranberries and dark chocolate are a great idea, I think I’ll keep this to make for my husband.

    Laura

  20. Baking makes me happy too! These are definitely a perfect Valentine’s Day cookie idea. I know I would love the dark chocolate and cranberry combo — it’s too bad I can’t get my boyfriend to eat either one. Maybe I’ll just make them for me. πŸ™‚

  21. Ooh, I’m a huge fan of “me” days! You know, they say dark chocolate helps lift your mood so you were right on target.

    The Kitchen Aid is my bestie too.

  22. I cranberries almost as much as I love dark chocolate so these look like the perfect cookie recipe for me to try! I always use the Hershey special dark chips too-there’s nothing better!

  23. Thanks for all of your comments! I think these are a great sweet treat for Valentine’s Day.

    Live Love Eat-I usually turn on Pandora-so a mix of music. I like everything but country:)

  24. Wow! I love chocolate chip cookies and looking at the ingredient list, they seem a bit healthier than other recipes I’ve seen and tried. I need to try this recipe.

    Thanks! πŸ˜€

  25. these were awesome!!! perfect treat for valentine’s day. i used orange-flavored cranberries and they were an excellent accent to the dark chocolate. i can’t wait to try more recipes from your site. thanks so much!

  26. These look great Maria! Great minds think alike. I posted a Oatmeal Cranberry Dark Chocolate cookie this week too. πŸ™‚ I love the combo of cranberries and dark chocolate.

  27. I just baked your white choc version, and we LOVED it! I’ve tried several versions and like yours best.
    So my husband asked me to also try a dark chocolate version, since he loves DC. I just informed him that you have it covered, and he’s pleased about that, too!! πŸ™‚

    Love the striped background. Such a happy, poppy color. It makes me think of old fashioned bakeries and candy shops. Lovely imagery!

    And I definitely think baking is therapeutic and cheaper than getting a massage. πŸ™‚

  28. I made two batches for my grandson to take on his school ‘camp’ to Stewart Island. Β Apparently they were a great it. Β I didn’t put the oats in them and so they spread a little more than usual – the kids loved them (and so did I).

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