Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies – Simply Taralynn

Chocolate chip cookies are my thing.

I’ve probably made over 1000 chocolate chip cookies just last summer. People are always asking for them, they’re super easy to whip up, and I usually have all the ingredients on hand for last minute purposes.

A couple days ago, my mom asked if I could bake some chocolate chip cookies for her work’s Thanksgiving office party and I never turn down the opportunity to bake cookies. As I was walking through the aisle at the grocery store, in search of the butter, I saw a cranberry display set up with all kinds of cranberry products. There was a cranberry muffin mix, real cranberries, cranberry sauce, cranberry jelly, and cranberry chutney. This display gave me the idea to add cranberries to my chocolate chip cookies to make them more festive and Thanksgiving-y. This would also be a fun Christmas cookie too.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies – Simply Taralynn

My chocolate chip cookies are very soft and chewy in the middle and crunchy and crisp on the outside. I spent many years trying out different recipes until I found one that I love. I don’t think I’ll ever try another (well maybe).

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies – Simply Taralynn


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (1 teaspoon)
  • 1 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies – Simply Taralynn

1. Sift the flour and baking soda together and set aside in a separate bowl.
2. In an electric mixture, beat the butter until creamy yellow.
3. Add in the sugar, brown sugar, and salt and mix.
4. Mix the egg and vanilla in lightly.
5. Scoop the flour mixture into the wet ingredients gradually (you don’t want it flying everywhere).
6. With a spoon, stir in the cranberries and the chocolate chips.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies – Simply Taralynn

7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
8. Scoop tablespoon size dough balls onto a baking sheet two inches apart.
9. Bake for approximately 12 minutes. The edges should be slightly brown and the middles will still be soft.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies – Simply Taralynn

This recipe makes about 34 cookies…depending on how much cookie dough you gobble up!

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies – Simply Taralynn

You can also make the cookie dough ahead of time and freeze it. If you have a lot of Thanksgiving recipes going on, it may be smart to do this in advance. I keep frozen cookie dough in the freezer all the time.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies – Simply Taralynn

Next, I want to make a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie with cranberries. I may even make my almond flour version!

I want to hear all about your chocolate chip cookie stories! Have you found the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe yet? Do chocolate chip cookies bring back memories? Share your stories in the comments!

xo & happy holidays!


  • Emily

    I just made these with white chocolate as a christmas eve dessert. They turned out amazing and are so gooey inside. Thanks for the awesome recipe! 🙂

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  • Alison

    I’m making these cookies right now! Can’t wait for them to come out of the oven. 🙂 I love that you used fresh cranberries instead of dried. Great idea!

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  • martini mit sprite

    Hi, I have one batch of the cranberry white chocolate cookies chilling and I wondered if I could use golden Crisco instead of butter in my second batch? The dough tasted sooo good!

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  • laurel

    These look super pretty with the cranberries in them! I bet the white chocolate macadamia but cranberry cookies will be delicious too! I regret not picking up a bag of cranberries when I did my shopping this weekend, I will have to wait until post-thanksgiving craziness now 😛

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  • Julie

    OH YUM!!!! I just happen to have four bags of fresh cranberries. I’m making these this week for my yoga class! We are doing a sunrise yoga challenge (even on Thanksgiving Day) and I’ve been looking for the perfect treat for them. This is it! Thank you!

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  • Megan

    I made these yesterday with dark chocolate chips and they are so so so so so good!!! Awesome recipe, thank you!

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  • Sarah

    I will be using this recipe for my Holiday Cookie swap at work! Thanks for sharing!


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  • jenn

    My favorite new (to me) chocolate chip cookie recipe is one from Ambitious kitchen- brown butter chocolate chip. Brown butter is one of my favorite baking ingredients and this one uses two kinds of chips.

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  • Hannah

    You can never go wrong with a chocolate chip cookie, but a tried and true recipe is the way to go! My go to recipe is from one of my moms cook books, it’s always a hit! Also, one tip I have discovered is you need to use the right kind of pans. The pan really makes a difference in how they turn out! I’ve never thought of cranberries in cookies, I’ll have to try that out.

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  • Melanie

    These look delicious Taralynn! Chocolate and cranberries go so well together.
    I resort to chocolate chip cookies when I am in the mood to bake but only have the basic ingredients on hand. They are one of my favorite things to make! I use my moms recipe, which is almost identical to the Toll House recipe 🙂

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      They are so good and SO festive! I always make sure to have everything in the house for cookies. They are my boyfriend’s little brothers favorite! I need to try the TH recipe! I heard it’s awesome! 🙂

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  • Brooklyn

    These look so delicious! Awesome idea. I can’t wait to make them and try them out 🙂

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  • Bobbie Lea Baker

    I’m planning on trying a cream cheese chocolate chip cookie recipe soon with lots of mini chocolate chips. I’ve been unable to get enough chocolate lately.

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  • Crystal

    Hi Taralynn,

    I’m curious, did the cranberries conflicted with the chocolate chips?

    I tried fresh cranberries for the first time and was shocked at how tart they were! Since then, I realized the delicious cranberry flavor I previously knew was actually very sugared to get to that state. I can see how it would work in a cookie, but I’m wondering if any tart flavor is left. Very cool idea, would love to make this cookie with white chocolate for Christmas! Thanks for all your great tips and recipes!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Crystal!

      I was scared of that happening too, so I made a test cookie. Once you bake the cranberries, they become so sweet and juicy! They become sweet and lose all the sour/tart taste! They are soooooo good in the cookies! & pretty! xo

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  • ML Bishop

    I know what I’m bringing to my family Thanksgiving celbration now! Thanks so much! 🙂

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  • Lauren

    Yum these look amazing! I love chocolate chip cookies, but I hardly make them. I find it too dangerous to keep around the house. Maybe I should do it like you and make them for other people and just leave one or two for myself. 😉

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  • Emily Weir

    I am ALL about cranberries this year. I saw you Instagramed this batch of cookies and was hoping you’d post the recipe. I can’t wait to try them out!

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