Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

The rich flavors of cranberries and dark chocolate collide in these Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies. Each bite delivers a burst of flavors and the perfect texture as well; a little crunchy on the outside but tender and chewy on the inside.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to Make Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s fun to make Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies! Start with heating your oven to 350F.

Then place cranberries in a food processor and pulse for several seconds, until the cranberries are chopped into fine bits. Set aside.

Combine margarine and sugars in a bowl and stir vigorously until light and creamy. Add the finely chopped cranberries, ground flax seeds, corn starch and raspberry flavoring and stir until well combined. You can also add the food coloring at this point if you would like to have a greater pink hue to the cookies. Set aside.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until combined. Add the flour mixture to the margarine mixture and stir until combined.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until the tops of the cookies become golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat until all the cookie dough is done.

Store baked cookies in an airtight container.

Sometimes the best things are discovered by what I like to call a Determined Accident. In the avid pursuit of one thing, you accidentally discover something else. You know, like Play-doh, Sticky Notes, and the pincer grip. The child is simply wanting the cheerio and realizes the only way to get it to her mouth is by pressing together the thumb and the pointer finger. It’s a skill that will serve her the rest of her life, but began with a desire to eat a cheerio. A Determined Accident.

I confess that this concept is not entirely my own original thought. In fact, my fellow Missourian, Mark Twain, is known to have said, “Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.”

There’s also the idea of a Happy Accident which the Urban Dictionary defines as “when something unexpectedly good comes from what would otherwise be considered a mishap.”

A Determined Accident is slightly different, but follows the same path. Now we can add Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies to the list of my favorite Determined Accidents.

Delicious dark chocolate and colorful cranberries combine to make the perfect treat, Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know, I’m being a bit dramatic. But what’s life without a little bit of drama. Hmm?

I headed into the kitchen with a desire to make a pink cookie. That’s it. No lofty goals of creating ultimate cookies. I just wanted something that would look good for Valentine’s Day. A complete form over function kind of desire.

Of course, I knew there would be chocolate involved so flavor was just not something I was worried about. I was in pursuit of color. As chance would have it, I happened to have a bag of fresh cranberries in the fridge. Well, that’s not so much chance because I almost always have a bag of fresh cranberries in the fridge. I don’t know…it’s a thing I guess.

Chocolate Chip cookies flavored with cranberries

So I went into the kitchen looking for color and came out with possibly the best chocolate chip cookie ever! This cookie brings chocolate and cranberries to life in a way no one could have ever expected. All I needed was a dark and stormy night to feel like the Mad Frankenstein of cookie makers. But there was no lightning. No inclement weather at all, except for a brisk, cold wind. It was just me and my little vintage oven heated to 350F.

Sweet and delicious Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Interestingly enough, the cookies are not as pink as I would have liked. But if you look closely you can see bits and pieces of the cranberry flesh peaking it’s way through every bite. It’s proof that sometimes the best things in life can be found when we’re looking for something else.

Delicious dark chocolate and colorful cranberries combine to make the perfect treat, Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

I went into my kitchen determined to make a pink cookie. The results may not have been as colorful as I'd hoped for, although there are definitely pink flecked.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 32
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup dairy-free margarine softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon raspberry extract or vanilla
  • 3 - 4 drops red food coloring optional
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 - 2 cups dark chocolate chips dairy free

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 350F.
  • Place cranberries in a food processor and pulse for several seconds, until the cranberries are chopped into fine bits. Set aside.
  • Combine margarine and sugars in a bowl and stir vigorously until light and creamy. Add the finely chopped cranberries, ground flax seeds, corn starch and raspberry flavoring and stir until well combined. You can also add the food coloring at this point if you would like to have a greater pink hue to the cookies. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until combined. Add the flour mixture to the margarine mixture and stir until combined.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, until the tops of the cookies become golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat until all the cookie dough is done.
  • Store baked cookies in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Sodium 130mg5%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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5 Responses to Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Marly, these are gorgeous! I actually love that they’re not totally pink and just have the lovely pink flecks. It gives them an air of class–like they don’t have to try too hard to be fabulous. 🙂 I’m definitely pinning these for later. Would you kill me if I used real butter? 😉

  2. Made these today, and they are fabulous!!! I used 1/2 coconut oil because I was low on margarine, so they baked a bit differently, I suspect, but the coconut oil enhanced the flavor of the cookie. The raspberry extract is perfect with the dark chocolate and the tartness of the cranberries. Thanks for posting this great recipe!

    • Monica , did you use both vegan margarine & coconut oil ? If so how much of each and how long did you bake them & what temp ? Thanx 😉 K

    • Kasia, I used Smart Balance as my margarine (not sure if that’s technically vegan) and coconut oil, half cup of each. Mind you, my coconut oil is solid since I mistakenly stuck it in the fridge when I bought it, and I’m not sure whether that made a difference. Otherwise, I followed Marly’s recipe exactly.

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