An Erin Cooks Christmas Day 1: Cranberry Orange Dark Chocolate Cookies

December 2, 2007 · 18 comments · Print This Post

in Baked Goods, Holidays / Entertaining

Cranberry Orange Dark Chocolate Cookies

Since discovering this recipe for Cranberry Orange Dark Chocolate Chip cookies last Christmas on Slashfood these delicious treats have become my culinary wingman of sorts. I’ve made them probably a dozen times and received rave reviews with each bite. They’re unique enough to give as a gift and easy enough to make on a whim. The flavors of dark chocolate, cranberries, and orange are quintessentially Christmas. I highly recommend whipping up a batch of these as soon as the opportunity presents itself and please report back with your stellar results. It’s been very lonely lately being the only Christmas Cookie addict on the block.

Light & Fluffy
Light & Fluffy
Zest, Zest, Zest!
Zest, Zest, Zest!
Mix, Mix, Mix!
Mix, Mix, Mix!
Scoop
Scoop
Bake & Take Random Pictures of Decorations
Bake & Take Random Pictures of Decorations
Prepare to Thank the Cookie Academy
Prepare to Thank the Cookie Academy

Cranberry, Orange & Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies (Originally Published on Slashfood and slightly altered by me)
Makes about 4 dozen.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1 large egg
zest of one orange (about 2-3 tsp)
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar, beating with an electric mixer until light. Beat in egg and orange zest. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add in the flour mixture, stirring only until just combined. Stir in the cranberries and chocolate chips.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls (about 1 1/4-inch balls) onto prepared cookie sheets and bake for 9-12 minutes, until edges are very lightly browned.

Cool for 3-4 minutes on baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dylan December 2, 2007 at 10:36 pm

Is the taking pictures of random decorations essential to the success of the cookies? We haven’t got ours up yet, and I’m worried that the cookies won’t turn out right…

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2 Erin December 3, 2007 at 7:04 am

Ha ha … well you know Dylan, I think it could really only help. Christmas Spirit and all…

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3 Nicole December 3, 2007 at 12:04 pm

These sound great! I’ve been making different versions of cranberry cookies lately and so far I’m in love the combination of cranberry, white chocolate, and macadamia nuts! Since I’m trying to come up with orange recipes right now (my sister’s tree is loaded with them), I might give these a try!

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4 Erin December 3, 2007 at 1:03 pm

Are you in Florida for the holidays? Fresh oranges picked directly from a tree sounds divine!

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5 Anna December 3, 2007 at 4:37 pm

Erin, you’ve come to the rescue! I have been trying to think of what kind of cookies to make for an upcoming cookie swap and these are the ones! Hooray!

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6 Lys December 3, 2007 at 7:00 pm

Oh this sounds DELISH! I must try… Could one try fresh cranberries instead of dried?

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7 Erin December 3, 2007 at 7:20 pm

Anna – That’s what I’m here for!

Lys – You know what, I’ve actually never baked with fresh cranberries so I’m not entirely sure, but I can’t imagine that it would taste bad? In fact, it will probably be even better. You should try it out and report back!

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8 Lydia December 4, 2007 at 6:16 pm

All flavors I love, combined in one cookie. I’m bookmarking!

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9 Holly December 5, 2007 at 1:59 pm

My mouth has been watering for these cookies for weeks! Will they be there on Saturday? Save me a plate!

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10 Jenny December 6, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Erin,
These sound great. I can’t wait to try them! Orange and chocolate is a great combo!
Jenny (picky palate)

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11 Anna December 8, 2007 at 11:42 am

Update: I’m making these right now and it’s a struggle to not just eat all the batter because it is so delicious. I’m going to have to lock them up once they are cooked so I don’t eat them all before the cookie swap.

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12 megan December 8, 2008 at 8:57 pm

you had me sold with the cranberry and dark chocolate but i think the orange adds something even more delicious! can’t wait to try this-they look dynamite!

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13 ttfn300 February 27, 2009 at 9:04 am

these were fabulous :)

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14 Tina February 27, 2009 at 9:05 am

These cookies are fabulous! I ate two of them at the blogger event last night, and then raved about them on my blog this morning! :)

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15 Jen March 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Erin, I ate two of these cookies at the PRK event and was really hoping to discover the recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us all! They were my favorite treat!

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