These vibrant cranberry cookies will add a pop of color to your Christmas cookie platter! Made with fresh cranberries and enhanced with a hint of vanilla, they are crispy, golden brown and buttery — then topped with a coating of smooth chocolate and crunchy pecans.
You can personalize cranberry cookies with your favorite baking chip flavors — try white or dark chocolate, or add cherry, raspberry, or your favorite flavor extract and a bit of food coloring to melted vanilla chips for a pretty pink coating!
Adding the fresh cranberries to the batter
You might also drizzle a little dark chocolate onto your white chocolate-coated cookies and vice versa. These are fantastic when dipped in pecans, but you could also use the nut of your choice, red sprinkles, dried cranberries, or miniature baking chips.
These sweet treats are light pink in color, but you can add a little more food coloring to increase the color intensity if you wish. If you want a more buttery flavor, use real butter instead of shortening.
Making the chocolate dip
Since decorating is half the fun of making cookies, go ahead and get creative! And if you like more chocolate, just dip your cookies a little further; we do recommend leaving a little piece of the cookies uncovered to make them easy to hold while eating.
While the flavor of fresh cranberries is delicious, if you are pressed for time or making these out of season, then frozen cranberries will do just fine.
These cookies are perfect for entertaining any time of year, because they can be made well ahead of time and frozen up to 3 months in a well-sealed bag. These are also ideal for gifting, and would look really striking inside a holiday tin or glass jar.
Dipping the cranberry cookies in the warm chocolate
With their red color, these cookies would also make a great Valentine’s Day gift, and can be enjoyed all winter long. When served with a hot cup of tea, coffee or cocoa, these are superb cookies for dipping — and for savoring with family and friends.