Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Cranberry Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Cranberries. Beautifully red and tart, these little guys are packed full of antioxidants. This was my first time using fresh cranberries.

Originally, I was going to make homemade cranberry sauce with these. But I was recently invited to Thanksgiving dinner at a friends house. So I decided to use it in a cookie instead.

The last two years I've had the pleasure of being a guest for Thanksgiving dinner. I will however, make a couple of sides that my friend requested and a pumpkin dessert. Cannot wait!

I've made plain oatmeal cookies using the Quaker Oats recipe in the past. But this time I wanted to add fresh cranberries, dark chocolate and some flax seeds to jazz it up a bit.

I decided to use this recipe with my modifications. They turned out moist, with the perfect tartness from the cranberries and the dark chocolate gave it a lovely chocolaty touch.

My lil man couldn't keep his hands off these cookies!
Printable Recipe
1-1/4 Sticks of Butter, room temperature
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 Large Egg
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tbsp Flax Seed
1 Cup Old Fashion Quaker Oats
1-1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (you can use your favorite chocolate)
1 Cup Coarsely Chopped Fresh Organic Cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 350º. Prepare two lined baking sheets. Cream together the butter, and sugars. Add the egg then add the vanilla extract using your stand alone mixer, electric mixer or by hand.

2. Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and flax seeds and add to the butter mixture. Add the oatmeal blend well. Stir in the dark chocolate chips and cranberries and blend well.

3. Using a cookie scoop, place a scoopful 2 inches apart and bake for 15-18 minutes. Keep the batter in a ball shape to retain a nice baking shape.

Simple and delicious. Try these, you won't be disappointed. Happy baking friends!

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  1. Federica said... November 23, 2010 at 7:00 AM

    splendidi questi biscotti..il tuo bimbo è un amore!! complimenti Lisa!! ciao!

  2. Luciana said... November 23, 2010 at 7:10 AM

    Fantastici questi bei biscotti!!! sono così grandi e invitanti...Bravissima :)

  3. Newyorkerbyheart said... November 23, 2010 at 7:30 AM

    Yummy :-)

    My best,
    Birthe from Denmark

  4. I'm a full-time mummy said... November 23, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Wow! Looks yummy! I was expecting to see a picture of your little man grabbing the cookies hehehehe... ;)

  5. jose manuel said... November 23, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    Que galletas tan estupendas haceis, yo no soy muy dado a hacerlas, pero viendo estas maravillas entran muchas ganas.


  6. Pacheco Patty said... November 23, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    I just love your cookie recipe with the fresh cranberries. Sweet photo of your little guy's hand reaching for a cookie, Happy Thanksgiving;)

  7. Amelia PS said... November 23, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    they look like a perfect ending for Thanksgiving, for children and grown-up alike!!!

  8. cooperl788 said... November 23, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    You are totally speaking my language - dark chocolate and cranberries would make such a great flavor combination! I seriously cannot wait to try these out.

  9. Pretend Chef said... November 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    Looks like a guilt free indulgence for the Thanksgiving table! They look so good.

  10. Roxan said... November 23, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    OOh, Lisa your friends are so lucky to have you over as a guest for thanksgiving! What are the sides that you're making? These cookies look great... I haven't used fresh cranberries before either.

  11. Lisa said... November 23, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    All this time I've been using only dried cranberries in cookies because I had no idea that fresh cranberries could be used as well. But, I can see that they work perfectly in a cookie. Love the combo with the chocolate. They look delicious as always.

  12. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said... November 23, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Hope all of you have the best time! Love the cookies, my dad is a huge oatmeal fan I will have to try these for him. I love how the cookie is the size of your little mans' hand, too cute!

  13. Kay Heritage said... November 23, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Lovely, as always! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Lisa!

  14. Renuka said... November 23, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    yummy yummy - i should start baking soon!!!

  15. Damaris @Kitchen Corners said... November 23, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    I've never cooked with cranberries before. I want to give your recipe a try.

    Have a happy thanksgiving.

  16. Renuka said... November 23, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Yummy yummy!!! I guess, I should start baking soon!!

  17. Jennifurla said... November 23, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    If I invite you over, can you make these! They are gorgeous too

  18. Juliana said... November 23, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Lisa, the cookies look yummie, love the cranberries in it :-)

  19. Hannah said... November 23, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    These look so good! I think I am going to add these to my Christmas cookie list! Every year I make cookies for friends and family, these are totally going to be a hit!

  20. Dimah said... November 23, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Those cookies look fabulous!
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family! :)

  21. Xiaolu said... November 23, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    I don't think I've ever seen FRESH cranberries in a cookie. I can imagine how great the tartness would be against the bittersweet chocolate and sweet cookie dough. Would make a great TG treat, too. Love it!

  22. Sneh Roy said... November 23, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    I don't have flax seeds but I am so making these now! I've been looking for a different cranberry recipe to try and I can't resist these!

  23. aipi said... November 23, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    I adore cranberries..and hate that they are in season for such a short time..lovely use of fresh cranberries..fabulous looking cookies!

    US Masala

  24. ~Lisa~ said... November 23, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Thanks! They're quite good. I still have loads of cranberries left.

    @ Roxan, I'm making the broccoli dish & rosemary potato dish from the luxury dinner party and a dessert.

    Happy thanksgiving!

  25. Kat said... November 23, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    These look yummy. How do the fresh cranberries work in them? What do they taste like?

  26. Mayumi said... November 24, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    It looks so yummy!
    I would like to make it soon.

  27. sophia said... November 24, 2010 at 2:49 AM

    oh wait...fresh cranberries! That's a surprise! I was expecting dried ones! Don't they make the dough much wetter? I just bought fresh cranberries, so I would love to try these, though I'd leave out the chocolate chips because I hate chocolate chips.

    I'm also a guest this year...but baking lemon pound cake and walnut pie! :D

  28. SUNFLOWERS8 said... November 24, 2010 at 3:53 AM

    Ciao Lisa, mi toccherà provare anche questi ;) se piacciono al tuo bimbo non ci sono dubbi, son buonissimi!
    Buona giornata

  29. Gitte said... November 24, 2010 at 5:21 AM

    Love the idea of fresh cranberries in cookies! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  30. baking.serendipity said... November 24, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    I love cranberries with dark chocolate...these cookies look delicious :) Congrats on the domain name...too cool!

  31. Monet said... November 24, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    I have become a huge fan of adding flaxseed to my oatmeal cookie recipes in the past few months. I love the nutty flavor it adds! I also love how you used fresh cranberries here. These look and sound amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us. Happy Thanksgiving!

  32. Leanne said... November 24, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Love the additions in this cookie! Happy American Thanksgiving!

  33. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron said... November 24, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    That's a great choice of adding fresh cranberries in the cookies Lisa! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  34. Zoe said... November 25, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Wow! I love the colour of the fresh cranberry in our cookies. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family :D

  35. Mama Hen said... November 25, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    This looks delicious! Happy Thanksgiving Lisa! Have a great weekend!

    Mama Hen

  36. Anonymous said... November 27, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    i saw your blog thru tastespotting and tried this recipe because it looked so good, And it was fantastic! Everyone loved it :) ( im in italy atm so they didn't have fresh cranberries, but the dried ones worked fine ( though chewy!). Thanks so much for sharing :)

    elle k :)

  37. ~Lisa~ said... November 27, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    @ Kat, the fresh cranberries work marvelously. But dried ones would be fine too.

    @ Sophia, actually fresh cranberries are not that juicy when you add them to cookies. They were really good. And you could totally leave out the chocolate, it would be as equally as good.

    @ Elle K, Thank you! So glad you enjoyed them and I agree that you could use dried cranberries. I just had so many fresh ones and had to use them up.

    Hope all of you are recovering from thanksgiving's food induced coma! (=

  38. Anonymous said... November 27, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    There is entirely too much butter in this recipe for it to work with gluten free flour. For those of you who are gf...don't bother.

  39. ~Lisa~ said... November 28, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    @ Anonymous, there's definitely a whole lot of butter in this pastry dough. Unfortunately, I don't blog about gluten free recipes but there are other bloggers who do gluten free pastries i'm sure. Sorry this recipe won't work out for gluten allergies. Maybe you can cut out some of the butter to work with your GF flour? I haven't studied up on gluten free pastries so i'm not much help. Good luck though.

  40. ~Lisa~ said... November 29, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    @ Anonymous, sorry I meant cookie dough not pastry.

  41. Emme @Food Samba said... November 29, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Oh my...these look delish! I have lots of leftover cranberries from thanksgiving :) cookies sound PERFECT! BTW, your pix are killing me!

  42. Michele Hays said... December 6, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Thanks for the recipe - found them to be delightful, and I'd much rather cook with fresh cranberries than dried!

  43. ~Lisa~ said... December 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    @ Emme, thanks mama!

    @ Michele, thanks for making the cookies and so glad your son and his buddy was able to help in not just making them but also enjoying them!

  44. Anonymous said... December 22, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Okay, These sound good. Going to try and make them tonight. Love the addition of the flax seeds. Will let you know,
    Thanks for the recipe,
    Kim M.