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Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Recipe

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Recipe

Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Recipe

This recipe is for my husband. He thinks this cookie is the best one he has ever eaten, and he's usually a low-key guy who, even though he likes the things I bake, doesn't go overboard on the praise.

This was one of the first cookies I ever made for him, and his reaction left little doubt that I would be making them for years to come. Thirteen years later, it is still his favorite, and I still make them every Christmas, just for him.

With a hint of cinnamon, Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are a combination of semisweet and unsweetened chocolate, and are filled with two kinds of nuts and dried cranberries. They don't have a lot of flour in them, so they have a wonderfully moist texture on the inside.

The cinnamon adds an interesting flavor and because of it, the taste reminds me a little bit of chocolate rugelah, a traditional Jewish pastry.

If you like rich moist chocolate cookies, combined with a crunchy texture, then these cookies are for you.

Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Cooling on a Baking Rack

Fresh from the oven, these double chocolate cranberry cookies are best eaten when cooled, but still slightly warm.

Fresh from the oven, these double chocolate cranberry cookies are best eaten when cooled, but still slightly warm.

Dried Cranberries

Buy an extra packet of dried cranberries when picking up the ingredients for this recipe. They are delicious on their own or in salads, trail mixes, pastries, and savory recipes. Pack them in your childs' lunch for a healthy snack, or munch on some yourself. They are a delicious, tart treat.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

15 min

45 min

Makes about 6 dozen

Ingredients for Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Ingredients for the cookies.

Ingredients for the cookies.

Dried Cranberry Substitutes

If you don't care for, or can't eat cranberries, tryIf you like cranberries, but want a different taste, try one of these flavored varieties

Dried Cherries

Orange flavored

Raisins

Pomegranate flavored

Dried Apricots

Cherry flavored

Dried Blueberries

Blueberry flavored

Dried Plums

Strawberry flavored

Ingredients

  • 8 tbs (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate squares
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 2 cups walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, cut in half
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tsps vanilla
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine nuts, cranberries and chocolate chips. Set aside. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Using a double boiler, gently heat the semisweet and unsweetened chocolate squares until just melted. Stir constantly while melting. Set aside to cool, until just warm to the touch.
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar until bubbly. Then whisk in the cooled chocolate mixture and the vanilla.
  4. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture until well incorporated.
  5. Stir in the nut, cranberry and chocolate chip mixture by hand.
  6. Preheat your oven to 325°. Drop the dough, about the size of a tablespoon, onto parchment lined baking trays. They should be 1 to 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes or until cookies are slightly firm and cracked.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.

Note: These cookies don't really rise or spread, so they can be placed fairly close together on the baking tray.

Melt the Chocolate and Butter

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate squares and the butter.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate squares and the butter.

Beat the Eggs and Sugar Until Bubbly

Using a high setting on your mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until bubbly.  Then add in the cooled chocolate mixture.

Using a high setting on your mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until bubbly. Then add in the cooled chocolate mixture.

Baking Trays Ready for the Oven

Drop dough by the tablespoon onto parchment lined baking trays.

Drop dough by the tablespoon onto parchment lined baking trays.

Cookies Fresh From the Oven

Fresh from the oven, you can see that the cookies have begun to crack.  They are also slightly firm to the touch.

Fresh from the oven, you can see that the cookies have begun to crack. They are also slightly firm to the touch.

Enjoy These Cookies With a Tall Glass of Cold Milk

Chewy and full of chocolate flavor, these Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are delicious any time of the year. They are filled with loads of nuts and dried fruit, and the crunchy outside hides a surprisingly soft inside.

This recipe makes quite a few cookies so I always use it for my Christmas cookie list and I always get requests for the recipe. They freeze well if you want to save some for later.

If I let him, my husband would probably eat an entire tray full. In fact, I usually hide them deep in our freezer to make sure he doesn't sneak any out.

Hopefully, these cookies will become one of your favorites too.

Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

These cookies are delicious, especially when they are still slightly warm from the oven.

These cookies are delicious, especially when they are still slightly warm from the oven.

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 18, 2015:

Hi Kristen - So glad you stopped by to read this one. These are good and if I had them around my husband would eat them non-stop. Thanks for the kind words. Hope you give this recipe a try!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 15, 2015:

Another delicious recipe from you, Glimmer. It looks good enough to eat as well. Yum! Voted up!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 28, 2015:

Thank you AshimaTan - I hope you do give them a try and enjoy them. Have a great day.

AshimaTan on January 27, 2015:

That looks incredible! Will definitely try that out very soon. Thanks!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 03, 2014:

Thanks brandmasterOCcal - The cinnamon really adds a nice unexpected touch and fresh cranberries would probably turn to mush if they were baked in the cookie. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Brad on December 01, 2014:

Great cookies

I like the cinnamon, and I was surprised that the cranberries were dried?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 27, 2014:

Hi Charmain English - I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe. I'd be interested to know if the coconut flour and raw honey work in this cookie. Let me know if you try it and thanks so much for reading and commenting. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Charmain from Northern Virginia on November 25, 2014:

This sounds too delicious. I would like to try the recipe. However, I would probably put a Paleo spin on it by substituting the flour and sugar with coconut flour and raw honey.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 25, 2014:

Hello missolive - Glad you liked the recipe and I thank you for your kind comments and support! I love almost any cookie, especially this one.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 25, 2014:

Hi pstraubie - Nice to see you again. These are good any time of year, but especially at the holidays. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 25, 2014:

Hello vocalcoach - So glad you came back for more. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the cookies.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 25, 2014:

Thanks so much Carb Diva! I will be buying the ingredients for these in a couple of weeks since it's not Christmas for my husband until these are made. I appreciate the kind comments!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on November 25, 2014:

Yum! I'll definitely be adding these to my dessert table on Thanksgiving day. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us, I've sent out a tweet and added it to my 'Sweet' board on Pinterest.

Great pictures and easy to follow instructions: Voted up!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 25, 2014:

I just have to say...these look totally decadent. I will have to add them to my sweet list for this time of the year...O what the heck, for any time of the year....thanks

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps Pinned

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 24, 2014:

Here I am once again to review this amazing recipe for chocolate cranberry cookies. I'm making these again but lost the recipe. :)

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 24, 2014:

These look and sound AMAZING. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing. Voted up!!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 13, 2014:

Thank you so much for letting me know how you liked the recipe Audrey! I'm glad you enjoy them as much as we do. Have a great day!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on February 13, 2014:

It's me again:) I took your suggestion and used a metal bowl on top of a pot of water and it worked.

These are the best cookies. They turned out so moist and the cranberry has just the right flavor to pair with the chocolate. Thanks so much!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 11, 2014:

Hi Rebecca - Thanks for pinning! If it was up to my husband, I'd be making these all the time, but they are really good around the holidays. Have a great day!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 11, 2014:

Thank you so much for your lovely comments Audrey! I don't like cleaning my double boiler so I just use a metal bowl on top of a pot of simmering water, so you can definitely melt it without a double boiler. Thanks for all of your support! I appreciate it.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 10, 2014:

They look wonderful, and so right for the holidays, so I am pinning to the appropriate board. Thanks for sharing, I love chocolate and cranberry flavors together!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on February 10, 2014:

I'm saving this recipe on my desk top - it's sooooo good! Question? I don't have a double boiler. Can I melt the chocolate, etc. in another way?

Voted up and across (not funny) and pinned, tweeted and sharing. Beautifully presented. Your photos are truly amazing. (So are you:)

Thank you ~ Audrey

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 22, 2014:

For me chocolate makes everything better trusouldj. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on January 21, 2014:

My son makes a really good oatmeal cranberry cookie. we just experimented with putting chopped walnuts, pecans and Brazilian nuts in them ... Chocolate huh? hmmm ....

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 09, 2014:

Thanks so much VVanNess - I appreciate your kind comments, especially about the photos. I've been working on that a lot lately. Have a great day!

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on January 09, 2014:

What an amazing recipe! I love the close-ups on the cookies. Reading your recipe and seeing the delicious-looking pictures making me want to rush out and make some of these right now.

Thank you for another great recipe!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 08, 2014:

Good to know aviannovice. Thanks.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 07, 2014:

Yes--with Arrowhead All Purpose Baking Mix. Not necessary so with other things.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 07, 2014:

Hi aviannovice - Can you substitute gluten free flour for regular flour at the same amounts? Just curious. This recipe does not use that much flour, but it definitely has some in it. Thanks for reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 07, 2014:

Hi vespawoolf. They are a little like a brownie, especially when they first come out of the oven and before they are chilled. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and thanks so much for letting me know.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 06, 2014:

I think I could eat something like this any time of year. As long as I have my gluten free flour, I'll be all right.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 06, 2014:

This is my kind of cookie! They almost sound like a brownie with a tangy cranberry twist. Your photos are beautiful, too. I hope to try this next time I´m in a baking mood. I have all the ingredients right in my kitchen pantry. : )

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 31, 2013:

My apologies to everyone for taking so long to respond. I was out of town for a while. Happy New Year to you all!

@angnlwu - Thanks so much for your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe.

@pstraubie - I hope you and your family had a nice Christmas and I wish you all the best in the New Year. Thanks for stopping by and for the many Angels you always send my way.

@anjaycrossroad - Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for commenting.

@midnightbliss - They really are best when fresh out of the oven. Thanks for the vote and commenting. Enjoy the cookies.

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on December 24, 2013:

Excellent hub! I am so excited to taste this delicious treat!! What's not to love about freshly baked double chocolate cookies with cranberries. Yummy! ; ) - Voted up!

Anjay Crossroad from Europe on December 23, 2013:

Looks delish! Keep pictures like this coming ;)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 23, 2013:

O my Glimmer Twin Fan these looks simply sinful.

What is not to like about this cookie? I know I will agree with your husband when I make these.

Bookmarking sharing and pinning....

Merry Christmas and know that many Angels are on the way to you and yours ps

anglnwu on December 22, 2013:

These cookies look decadent. I love how you present your pictures--they look so professional. Shared.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 22, 2013:

Hi Sherri Faye - I love dried cranberries too. They are such a yummy treat and are a nice surprise in this cookie too. Glad you enjoyed the recipe. Have a nice holiday.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 22, 2013:

Thanks RTalloni - Every year I say I'm going to change up my cookies, and every year I just can't leave this one out. Hope you get a chance to give them a try soon. Thanks for commenting and reading.

Sheri Dusseault from Chemainus. BC, Canada on December 20, 2013:

Well yum!...this has to go on my cookie list this Christmas! I love dried cranberries! Pinning!

RTalloni on December 18, 2013:

13 years and it took you this long to share it with us? ;)

Unusual, includes chocolate, and the note at the end makes them my kind of cookie. Looking forward to trying them out soon!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 18, 2013:

Thank you Lybrah. I appreciate your kind comments.

Lybrah on December 18, 2013:

This is a very well done hub, and the cookies look and sound delicious!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 16, 2013:

Thanks teaches! I'm really trying to get to know my digital camera better so I appreciate the comments. Hope you give these a try some time. I appreciate the comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 16, 2013:

I hope you enjoy them Fiona. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and I really appreciate your kind comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 16, 2013:

Thanks for reading and enjoying the recipe Toytasting. It was a fun one to write and even more fun to eat.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 16, 2013:

Hi Nell - A nice cup of strong brewed English tea would be wonderful with these. I might have to make myself some later today. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 16, 2013:

Thanks Thelma! I'm glad you liked the recipe. Happy Holidays.

Dianna Mendez on December 15, 2013:

Your photos alone make my mouth water! I love the combination of chocolate and cranberry in a cookie. I'll take your husband's word for it that they are the best.

Fiona from South Africa on December 15, 2013:

These look gorgeous - pinned so I can try them tomorrow - I have a bag of dried cranberries and wanted something to do with them. (Was going to make cranberry and cashew chocolate bark but this looks better.)

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on December 13, 2013:

They look yummy and sinful at the same time. I will try them out soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Nell Rose from England on December 13, 2013:

Now you are talking! lol! these look delicious! just great with a cup of tea! voted up and shared! nell

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on December 13, 2013:

OMG! Those look so delicious. I have to try this recipe one day. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

Hi AliciaC - Double chocolate anything is my kind of treat so these fit the bill. Glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

Thanks wabash annie. I appreciate it. They are hidden safely in my freezer away from my husband and daughter who would eat them before I could give them away.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2013:

Thanks Bill. I also like Italian cookies around Christmas too. There are so many different ones out there. Thanks for all of the support. Happy Holidays to you.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 11, 2013:

Chocolate cookies are delicious, and double chocolate cookies are even better! Thank you very much for the recipe.

wabash annie from Colorado Front Range on December 11, 2013:

These cookies looked so good that I wanted to reach out and take a few. An excellent and well organized presentation! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on December 11, 2013:

Hi Glimmer. Boy do these look and sound great. Must give them a try, just in time for Christmas. Another winner. Voted up, shared, etc...

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Hi ebower - Glad you enjoyed the recipe. Stop back by and let me know how you liked them. Thanks.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Thanks purl3agony. Glad you are going to include these in your baking. I love giving homemade gifts this time of year. People really appreciate them and many times all I need is a small gift for someone. Thanks for reading and commenting. Happy Holidays.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Chocolate and fruit really is a good combo Patty. It adds an unexpected treat in the cookies. Glad you let me know you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Thanks Susan Recipes! I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe and hope you give them a try some day.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Hi prasetio30 - Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Have a great day.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Well breakfastpop - If you ask my husband, he'll tell you he's always right. But, hey, he likes these cookies so I can't complain. Thanks so much for commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Hi kidscrafts. I do bake a lot at the holidays. I usually make about 9 varieties and a lot of people get them as gifts. This is one of the more interesting cookies that I make. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Thanks FlourishAnyway. I appreciate all of the support and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

Erin Bower from Georgia on December 11, 2013:

This looks amazing! I might have to print this out and try it someday. Yum!

Donna Herron from USA on December 11, 2013:

This recipe looks and sounds delicious! Perfect for my holiday baking and as small gifts for co-workers and neighbors. Thanks so much for solving my "what to make & give" dilemma :) Pinning now so I'll have it when I go shopping. Thanks!!

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 11, 2013:

The way I like to eat chocolate is with fruit and cranberries are a fantastic fruit to add to it. I'll be trying these soon. Rated Up and pinned.

Susan from India on December 11, 2013:

Wow... These Cookies look amazing. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. Voted up.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 11, 2013:

Wow...I love chocolate and the recipe here. Thanks for sharing the step by step instruction completed with pictures. I can't wait to make it soon. Voted up and YUMMY :-)

Prasetio

breakfastpop on December 11, 2013:

If they taste as good as they look, they must be the best cookies in the world. Your husband is right!

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on December 11, 2013:

Another batch of delicious cookies! I have to try those one as well. I can see that you are into baking cookies lately :-) It must smell divinely in your house!

Happy baking!

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 11, 2013:

Looks great. Beautifully done hub, too. Voted up and more, plus pinning.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Totalhealth - The cinnamon adds such an interesting twist to the cookie. I think that is one reason my husband likes them so much. Not sure about the chocolate substitution, I always thought that semisweet was like dark chocolate, but I may be wrong. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Hi carter06 - I'm definitely a chocolate fan like you, so these are great for my tastes. Thanks for all the shares and votes. Happy Holidays.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Many thanks janshares. Double chocolate always gets me too. Thanks also for the votes and kind comments. I hope you make these cookies sometimes and let me know how you like them.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Thank you for the votes and for reading chosetolive. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Sunshine - It probably depends on what kind of doctor orders this! :-) I might start to wonder, especially 'cause mine always tells me to lose weight. LOL Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Thanks so much Rebecca. I like making cookies. They are such a nice homemade gift at the holidays. Glad you enjoyed the recipe and I appreciate the support.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2013:

Thanks KDeus! I love those group boards and appreciate you pinning to them. Glad you liked the recipe.

TotalHealth from Hermosa Beach, CA on December 10, 2013:

Your double chocolate cranberry cookie recipe looks delicious. Just in time for the holiday season, thanks! I wonder how this might taste using dark chocolate as a substitute…hmmm? In any case, I love that cinnamon and vanilla are among the ingredients. Voted up!

Mary from Cronulla NSW on December 10, 2013:

Oh seriously Glimmer Twin!! Trying to cause death by chocolate here are you:) These look AMAZING!! & as is your stellar hub..can't wait to try & thanks heaps just in time for Xmas..VUUA Sharing & pinning & tweeting for others to enjoy..Cheers to you & yours

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on December 10, 2013:

Seriously? OMG, Glimmer Twin, you had me at double chocolate. These images literally made my mouth water. This recipe for double chocolate and cranberries is beyond amazing. This is also an exceptional recipe hub, extremely well-done. Rated 5 stars and voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.

Ravi and Swastha from London, Canada on December 10, 2013:

Very nice recipe. Looks very delicious. Rated & Thumps up !

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 10, 2013:

OMG. Just what the doctor ordered! Kinda :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 10, 2013:

I love chocolate and cranberry together. These are awesomw. Shared. Pinned.

Keely Deuschle from Florida on December 10, 2013:

These look delicious! I will definitely have to try them! Pinning on some group boards for you :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Hi Jackie - I always have nuts in my cupboard too. Even just for snacking. Sounds like you'll be doing a lot of baking in the upcoming days. Have fun and thanks for stopping by!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

I appreciate your nice comments CrafttotheCore! I hope you give the cookies a try sometime.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Thanks so much Paul! I'm glad you liked the recipe.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Hi Heather - Thanks for reading and commenting. We always have Craisins around the house. I really love them in salads. I bet they are good in granola bars too! Have a great day.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Bill - My husband can be pretty spare with the comments about my food, but he does love my baking and these cookies. I can't ever stop making these, but that is ok, it's a really nice tradition now. Thanks for the support. Hope you are doing well.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 10, 2013:

Hi Susan - These cookies will give you a good reason to go back to the store. I hope you stop by and let me know how they turn out! Thanks for stopping by.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 10, 2013:

Gosh I would almost eat that dough it looks so good! Pecans and walnuts, yum, I keep both all the time! I know I have to have this, that candy apple pie and Vespa's rum cake so I am going to have those 12 days of Christmas if I come across too much more good! Thank you; I will make this! ^+

CraftytotheCore on December 10, 2013:

Excellent presentation! Great pictures. They look so yummy.

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on December 10, 2013:

Spectacular. Looks amazing!

Heather from Arizona on December 10, 2013:

These look super duper yummy. I love using cherry Craisins in homemade granola bars, cookies, and salads. Can't wait to try these. Pinned for later :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 10, 2013:

Now that's one I've never heard of, but if your husband speaks so highly of it then I'll give it a try. Thank you for this one; I have no doubt that I will enjoy the extra poundage it puts on my body. :)