crazy good christmas cookies {fresh cranberry, chocolate & oatmeal}

cranberry christmas cookies

Yesterday, Katie emerged from the kids’ craft room and asked, “Mommy, is it true that it’s the law in Virginia that kids have to show their parents what they’ve colored in-between coloring things?” hahahaha!!! “No, sweetie…we love it when you show us but it’s not the law. You can’t go to jail for not showing us what you’ve colored.” {Then I called to her older sister to have a talk about telling wild stories to her sister} So funny and cute and awesome. Love those girls!!

And so I made them cookies. And let them measure and stir and put the dough on the cookie sheets. It was messy and the cookies came out all different sizes (I may have helped just a smidge with evening out the dough sizes just before putting in the oven). We listened to Christmas music and ate some of the cookies warm from the oven. Then we ate a few more. Because it was just that kind of a day.

cranberry, chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies

I’ve been a bit light on the blog posts lately, and I am really missing it!! But we’ve had a lot of life going on around here lately: my folks, as you know, bought their house and we’ve been helping get it fixed up. And when I wasn’t helping, I made sure that a nice meal and a glass of wine was ready for them when they walked through the door at the end of their long day. I’ve been to NYC with my beloved brand Cozi, where I spoke to anyone who would listen about their killer new Dinner Decider app! And, of course, there was Thanksgiving, which was your typical leisurely day filled with good food, lots of hanging out by the fire and a nighttime movie or two. Bliss.

I have quite a few new dishes that are coming this week. A crazy easy yet elegant shrimp dish, a warm, comforting cocktail and a delicious quick bread, for starters. But, since eating dessert first always sounds like a great life choice, I thought I’d start this week’s posts the same way. I love these cookies and the addition of fresh cranberries makes them perfect for a Christmas cookie tray. Dried cranberries can be substituted for fresh, but I highly recommend using fresh if you can get them. They add a soft texture that works really well against the chewy cookie.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

fresh cranberry christmas cookies


  1. says

    I am so glad to hear you had a fabulous Thanksgiving! I love the story behind these cookies – I made cookies with my girls for the Thanksgiving gathering with their cousins. Misshaped but delicious! :) These cranberry cookies are right up my alley – I love using fresh ones too! And the chocolate drizzle – mmmm, swoon!! xoxo

  2. says

    Nice cookies – I’m not the baker in our family, my wife is, and we don’t really use cranberries much in cookies. That should change! Loved the story about your girls – sounds like me and my sisters when we were all young. ;-) Fun post – thank you.

  3. says

    Oh my, kids can say the darndest things! lol. Glad to read you’ve been busy for good things going on in your life. These cookies look amazing! I have a few bags of fresh cranberries in my fridge. I think I might just need to make these cookies!

  4. says

    Such a good daughter (and mum!). :) Is there anything better than watching movies on Thanksgiving night? Watching other people move around burns imaginary calories!

    These cookies look fabulous! I love cranberries and chocolate!!

  5. says

    This looks so delicious and cranberries are perfect for the holidays. Thanks for sharing this recipe :}. I have been getting my kitchen and cooking skills in high gear this season and highly recommend, Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence, which offers simple and healthy recipes with also some great tips for the kitchen.

  6. says

    I had a house full for 5 days and hosted 20 for the big day. My feet and back still hurt! But some cookies might make them feel better…

  7. says

    I LOL’d at the story. My son used to do things like that to his sister. I don’t recall making them any cookies for it though. :)

    Love these cookies. We can’t get fresh cranberries here but one can only hope some day.

    • says

      Maureen – if they’re in the kitchen making cookies with me, they’re not in the other room telling wild stories to each other! Besides, it wasn’t said maliciously – just kids goofing around :-) Hope you can get your hands on some fresh cranberries soon!

  8. says

    I am always looking for new cookie recipes and it is indeed cookie season! I love dried cranberries in cookies so I’ll bet fresh is even better!

  9. says

    I love these cookies – the tartness of the cranberries, the chocolately goodness and the texture of the oatmeal. Delicious and have a great holiday season!

  10. says

    I’m starting to make these cookies but I can’t figure out what to do with the milk chocolate bar. The 2 ounces of milk chocolate is supposed to be chopped and drizzled — but the chocolate bar? I’m a newbie to cooking so please excuse my confusion.

  11. Holly says

    These look so good! And pretty too! We would love it if you would add these amazing looking cookies to our Cookies For Santa Blog Hop that starts tonight on Hope to see you there. Thanks for sharing this great recipe that I am printing!

  12. Candace says

    Just found these cookies, sound and look fantastic! Going to the store to get ingredients. Is the Hershey bar that is needed one on the larger sizes? Thank you as I know these are going to be a hit for our Christmas.


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