Fresh Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy, moist and delicious cranberry cookies loaded with chocolate! Fresh cranberries give these yummy cookies a refreshing tangy flavor which perfectly contrasts with chocolate and cinnamon spice. Perfect sweet treat for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year!

Chewy, moist and delicious cookies!! Cranberries give these yummy cookies a fresh tangy flavor which perfectly contrasts with chocolate and cinnamon spice. Perfect sweet treat for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year! 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…so the song goes and that’s why I was inspired to finally make some holiday cookies! Without much further ado – here’s a cookie that’s chewy, sweet with a hint of cinnamon and with the refreshing taste of fresh cranberries all rolled into one delicious Cranberry Choco Chip Cookies! Perfect for the holidays and as a lovely gift for family and friends!

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

I remember vividly that Christmas season when one of the members of our church who, while he always acknowledged my presence when we see each other, rarely spoke to me (hardly ever) and yet that one Sunday he sought me and came to me and complimented me about these cookies! He said he really loved the taste of the cookies especially the fresh cranberries and wanted his wife to have the recipe so she can make it for him. Aww. That’s when I knew the cookies really were delicious and that it made such an impact on him; he had to speak to me about it.  I will never forget that day and every Christmas I remember that sweet old man for his kind words. He’s now gone to be with the Lord but his sweet compliments, I will not forget.


Chewy, moist and delicious cookies!! Cranberries give these yummy cookies a fresh tangy flavor which perfectly contrasts with chocolate and cinnamon spice. Perfect sweet treat for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year! 

If you’re making this over the summer, you can replace the cranberries with fresh or dried cherries.

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Now let’s go to the step-by-step process on how to make these delightful cookies. It’s really not that hard.

First, you mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, spices, salt and the oatmeal).


Then in a mixing bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract just until combined. My butter was already melted when I combined it with the other ingredients that’s why it looks like this – more liquidy (I was in a hurry and had to melt them instead). However, if you have the luxury of time – room temp butter (softened) is so much better because the cookies would be more chewy and moist. If the butter is just softened it will only melt while at the oven hence the cookies retain more moisture. The taste will be the same either way though.

Then you add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well just until all the ingredients are moistened.

Fold in the chopped cranberries and chocolate chips. Drop the mixture by rounded tablespoons onto the greased cookie sheets. An ice cream scooper is so helpful for this. I used a large one in my first attempt as the photos show. Also, do not flatten the cookies as they would expand while baking. Do not overbake.

Once you’re done let cookies stand for 5 minutes before you transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. They will be quite soft so you need to let them sit a bit. Makes about 4 dozen smaller cookies if you are using a rounded tablespoon. I used a large ice cream scoop the first time so I only managed to make about 2 dozen but the cookies were huge.

Perfect Christmas cookies in my opinion. Chewy, moist and delicious! Enjoy!

Chewy, moist and delicious cookies!! Cranberries give these yummy cookies a fresh tangy flavor which perfectly contrasts with chocolate and cinnamon spice. Perfect sweet treat for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year! 

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Fresh Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy, moist and delicious cranberry cookies loaded with chocolate! Fresh cranberries give these yummy cookies a refreshing tangy flavor which perfectly contrasts with chocolate and cinnamon spice. Perfect sweet treat for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, Fresh Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Fresh Cranberry Chocolate Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 48 cookies
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats or quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened or at room temp (if using salted butter lessen the salt to 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or morsels

Instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prepare two cookie sheets. Grease or line them with parchment paper. Sift into a big bowl or whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the oats to the flour mixture and mix well.


  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract just until combined. My butter was already melted when I combined it with the other ingredients that’s why it looks like this – more liquidy (I was in a hurry and had to melt them instead). However, if you have the luxury of time – room temp butter (softened) is so much better because the cookies would be more chewy and moist. If the butter is just softened it will only melt while at the oven hence the cookies retain more moisture. The taste will be the same either way though.


  3. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well until all the ingredients are moistened through.

  4. Fold in the chopped cranberries and chocolate chips. Drop the mixture by rounded tablespoons onto the greased cookie sheets. An ice cream scooper is so helpful for this. I used a large one. Do not flatten the cookies. Bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on how big your cookies are, mine were big so I cooked for about 12 minutes but if you use a tablespoon as measurement then 10 minutes is perfect!) or until lightly browned. Do not overbake.


  5. Let stand for 5 minutes before you transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. They will be quite soft so you need to let them sit a bit. Makes between 48 (or 4 dozen at least) cookies if you are using a rounded tablespoon. I initially used a large ice cream scoop the first time so I only managed to make about 2 dozen but the cookies were huge.

Chewy, moist and delicious cookies!! Cranberries give these yummy cookies a fresh tangy flavor which perfectly contrasts with chocolate and cinnamon spice. Perfect sweet treat for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year! 

 

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8 Comments

  1. November 30, 2012 / 4:58 pm

    The cookies not only look good, but so does the photography! I love every thing you make!

    Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friends Friday. So glad you came by with your wonderful recipe! See you next week!

    • November 30, 2012 / 5:01 pm

      Thanks, Cynthia! I truly love Foodie Friends Friday! Always look forward to it! 🙂

  2. December 1, 2012 / 3:41 am

    I love all of the flavors you have combined in these cookies. I am hosting a great giveaway on Dining With Debbie. (1) $50 gift certificate to my favorite jeweler robinsonlane.com and (2) a signed copy of Arkansas Pie: A Slice of the Natural State written by fellow blogger, Kat Robinson. I would love for you to come enter Merry Merry Munchies and the rafflecopter entry. I think you would enjoy either one of these prizes. http://diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com/2012/11/2012-merry-merry-munchies-3-baked.html

    • December 1, 2012 / 3:55 am

      Thanks, Debbie! Glad you like the cookies! Will check out your site! 🙂

  3. April 12, 2013 / 11:10 am

    Thank you for sharing these with our FFF Cookie Party! What a great combination! Sharing on my Walking on Sunshine FB page this afternoon at 3:00! Come back to VOTE on Sunday!

    • April 16, 2013 / 3:02 am

      Thanks, Lois! Very sweet of you to do that. 🙂

  4. April 15, 2013 / 1:48 am

    Your pictures are beautiful! Those cookies are perfect! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    • April 16, 2013 / 3:01 am

      Awww! Thank you so much for your kind words. Thanks for stopping by here, too! 🙂

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