Christmas Cranberry Cookies with Fresh Cranberries

Festive plate of cookies during the holidays on a plate using fresh crans

Christmas Cranberry Cookies

Some recipes use dry cranberries, but to me there is nothing like the tart taste of the fresh berries to counter the sweet. Especially at Christmas time where sweet is abundant.

Christmas Cranberry Cookies


  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, whole
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.

  • Fold in those fresh cranberries.

  • Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto your prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden but the centers are still soft.

  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely. If you’re feeling extra festive, dust them with a sprinkle of powdered sugar for that snowy touch.

  • Enjoy ??✨

Nice round basic cookies baked during the holidays with fresh cranberries

Fresh Cranberries in Xmas Cookies

The many different types of Christmas Cranberry Cookies:

Attention cranberry cookie enthusiasts. ?? It’s time for a deep dive and an inside look into the dark world of Christmas Cranberry Cookies.

Classic Cranberry
First up, the classic like the recipe above. A soft and chewy cookie, bursting with fresh cranberries, offering a perfect blend of tartness and sweetness. These cookies are the OGs, the ones that started it all. Simple, timeless, and the GOAT.

White Chocolate Cranberry Delight
The dynamic duo – white chocolate and cranberries. These cookies take things up a notch by adding creamy white chocolate chips to the mix. The result? A heavenly marriage of sweet and tart that’s as indulgent as it is festive.

Cranberry Orange Zest
Enter the Cranberry Orange Zest cookies. These gems bring a burst of sunshine to the holiday season with the zingy flavor of oranges complementing the tart cranberries.

Pecan Cranberry Crunch
Now we have Pecans joining the cranberry party, providing a delightful nutty texture to the cookies. It’s like a symphony of flavors and textures – chewy cranberries, creamy white chocolate, and crunchy pecans.

Oatmeal Cranberry Bliss Bombs
For those who like a heartier cookie, the Oatmeal Cranberry Bliss Bombs are here to steal the show. Rolled oats add a rustic charm, making these cookies a cozy winter treat. It’s like oatmeal dessert – comforting, satisfying, and undeniably delicious.

Spiced Cranberry Elegance
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of cloves join forces with the cranberries, creating a cookie that’s like a festive hug for your taste buds.

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Bliss Bites
If you’re a dark chocolate fanatic, these cookies are for you. Dark Chocolate Cranberry Bliss Bites bring a rich and sophisticated twist to the holiday cookie lineup. The deep, intense flavor of dark chocolate pairs seamlessly with the tartness of cranberries, creating a cookie that’s downright decadent.

Cranberry Shortbread
Buttery, crumbly shortbread meets the vibrant tartness of cranberries, resulting in a cookie that’s understated yet oh-so-elegant. It’s like the Audrey Hepburn of Christmas cookies.

Gingerbread Cranberry
Molasses, ginger, and cloves join forces with the tart cranberries, creating a cookie that’s like a festive explosion. Every bite is warm, spiced, and filled with joy.

Remember that each of these cookies is a unique masterpiece. Why? Because they contain cranberries of course! No matter what you like, there’s a cranberry Christmas cookie for every palate and every mood.



Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays with these Christmas Cranberry Cookies

Merry Christmas!

Dried Cranberry Powder

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