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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

Fresh Cranberry & Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 milk chocolate bar, broken into small chunks (such as Hershey’s)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cranberries
  • 2 ounces milk chocolate or white chocolate, chopped (for drizzling)
  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars in large bowl until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture and oats and stir until blended. Stir in all chocolate chips, chocolate bar pieces and cranberries.
  2. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until edges are light brown, about 16 minutes. Cool on sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool completely.
  3. Stir chopped milk chocolate in top of double boiler until melted and smooth. Using small spoon, drizzle melted chocolate over cookies in zigzag pattern. Let stand until milk chocolate sets, about 1 hour. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.)
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Saturday 22nd of December 2012

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.

the wicked noodle

Saturday 22nd of December 2012

Candace - the Hershey bar is just a normal sized bar. I hope you enjoy them! Merry Christmas!


Sunday 16th of December 2012

These look delish! Can you tell me approximately how many cookies this recipe makes?

the wicked noodle

Monday 17th of December 2012

Debbie - it makes around 30 cookies. Happy Holidays!


Friday 14th of December 2012

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!

the wicked noodle

Saturday 15th of December 2012

Thanks Holly :-)

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