(Fresh) Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies

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Looking for a new way to use up your extra cranberries?  Cranberries get an upgrade in these brown butter cookies that are loaded with rich dark chocolate chunks.

(Fresh) Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies

I have to tell you, these cookies surprised me!  They are so much better than I even expected.  Tart cranberries, rich dark chocolate (a lot of it) and chewy brown butter cookie dough work together pretty perfectly.
(Fresh) Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies

The idea came about because I have a giant bag of cranberries in my fridge.  Thanks to Costco, it is less expensive to buy about one billion pounds of cranberries than it is to buy one pound.  Well, something like that.  The first thing I made with them was pie (recipe coming soon).  That barely made a dent!  This past weekend I made my winter fruit crisp but still, SO many cranberries.

(Fresh) Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies

Anyway, I thought throwing the fresh cranberries into a cookie would be a fun treat for the holiday season.  I was so right.  Not only do these cookies taste amazing (and are um, addicting), but they also look pretty too.  The pop of fuchsia is a nice addition to your typical cookie plate.   Make these cookies for Thanksgiving, Christmas or your next cookie swap.  Oh, and probably double the batch.  You will want extras.

(Fresh) Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies
Makes 15 large cookies
Adapted from my Peanut Butter Cup Heath Bar Brown Butter Cookies

4 ounces (1/2 cup / 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 7/8 ounces (~1/4 cup) granulated sugar
5 1/2 ounces (~2/3 cup) packed light brown sugar
1 x-large egg at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 ounces (~1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces (~1 cup) dark chocolate chunks
3 ounces (~3/4 cup) fresh cranberries, washed and dried

Brown the butter: Heat butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, when butter turns to an amber/light brown color, remove from heat immediately (You should be able to smell the deeper more caramel flavor of the butter) pour browned butter immediately into a small bowl and set aside to cool
Once butter has cooled, place in the large bowl of an electric mixer with sugars; beat on high speed until well combined
Add egg and vanilla, mix on medium speed until well mixed
In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; slowly add to wet ingredients with mixer on low speed; do not over mix
Slowly stir in chocolate chunks and cranberries
Chill dough for 24 hours for best results (minimum of 2 hours) before baking
When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 325 degrees; line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside
Scoop cookie dough with large cookie dough scoop (~3 tablespoons) on to prepared baking sheets (note it is normal for cookie dough to be very hard, you can let it rest at room temperature for a few minutes prior to scooping)
Bake cookies until firm: 17-19 minutes or until edges are golden brown and cranberries have popped
Allow to cool before serving


(Fresh) Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies
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30 Responses to “(Fresh) Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Brown Butter Cookies”

  1. Amy (Savory Moments) November 11, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    I love that these cookies use fresh cranberries! They look and sounds really delicious.

  2. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel November 11, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    I seriously love these so much!

  3. Davida @ The Healthy Maven November 11, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    These look amazing! And I also have a giant bag of cranberries from costco that need a good home. Cookies it is!

    • Keep It Sweet November 15, 2013 at 8:50 am #

      Yes you need to try them:-) Let me know if you do!

  4. Laura@baking in pyjamas November 11, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    These look so pretty, I love the bright magenta of the cranberries. Love that you’ve used fresh and also love the addition of dark chocolate, my favourite. Looking forward to the pie you mention.

  5. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie November 11, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Love that you used fresh cranberries. Great cookie for the holidays! I may need to make these for a cookie exchange I bet they’d be a hit!

  6. Colleen Smith November 11, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    These look amazing.

  7. Kathryn November 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Fresh cranberries are definitely under used in baking – love the flavour combination in these cookies!

  8. Annie November 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    GENIUS. Did you have to chop the cranberries before adding them to the dough? Thanks for the inspiration! I think a tablespoon of organic orange zest would liven them up, too.

    • Keep It Sweet November 15, 2013 at 8:51 am #

      I didn’t have to chop them at all, so easy! I love the idea of adding fresh orange zest, that would really make them pop. Let me know if you try them that way.

  9. Tracey November 11, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    I have a ton of fresh cranberries to use up too – same reason, those warehouse bags are so cheap and hard to resist! I can’t wait to try these, such a good combination of flavors!

  10. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    I’m so used to baking with dried cranberries – but really want to try fresh cranberries too. These look delicious. Especially with the brown butter!

  11. Jenny @ BAKE November 12, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    These look like the perfect christmas cookie! I love cranberries at this time of year and would love one of these with my morning cup of tea!

  12. Joanne November 12, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    I definitely would have been wary to put fresh cranberries in cookies but now I’m totally intrigued! That sweet tart juiciness must be awesome.

  13. Liz November 12, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Lauren, the brown butter base of your cookies sounds fantastic…plus I love the surprise of fresh cranberries! So pretty and festive.

  14. Wendy November 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Could you use dried cranberries? It’s just what I currently have in the house. :)

  15. Make Your Own Cookie Cutters November 27, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    Yummy cookies. Looks great. :) :)

  16. Joanne T Ferguson November 30, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    G’day! Love the flavor combination, true!
    Wish I could try one right now too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Helene’s Christmas Cookie Collection 2013

  17. Blair K. December 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    This looks great! Such a funny coincidence to find this combination, since I just made some tasty mandelbrot with chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Never thought about trying cookies with fresh ones!


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