Fall colors and scents are in the air, along with the cooler weather. I like cranberries, and the Ocean Spray dried cranberries are perfect for baking. So I started looking at what other bakers add to their cranberry cookies, and most use white chocolate chips.
My chocolate chip recipe I wanted to be a bit different. I do not have to follow the crowd, so I did the research, and cranberries go well with white or dark chocolate. I had some bittersweet chocolate chips that I thought would be excellent. There are several brands of Bittersweet Chocolate you can choose from, but the ones I used for my creative recipe are by Nestle Toll House.
Changing up the flavor of the bittersweet chocolate, I wanted to mix different sugars to get a taste of chocolate chip cookies. So, I mixed all three sugars light, dark, and white. I like the flavor of the three sugars together. This mix of sugars produced s fantastic taste, which I will incorporate into other cookie recipes.
A mix of sugars is perfect with dried cranberries. The brown sugars give the cookies a sweeter taste to balance out the tartness of the cranberries and, for that matter, the bittersweet chocolate. To round out my cookies, I added some chopped walnuts to the mix. It needed just a little crunch, and walnuts work great with chocolate. I hope you enjoy the variation of a chocolate chip cookie.
Cranberry and Bittersweet Chocolate Chip CookiesBarbara Hall
- ¾ cup Butter unsalted 1.5 sticks
- ½ cup Dark Brown Sugar 106 g
- ¼ cup Light brown sugar 53 g
- ¼ cup Sugar white 48 g
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 Egg
- 2 cups All-purpose flour 240 g
- ½ teaspoon Baking powder
- ½ teaspoon Baking soda
- 1 teaspoon Corn starch
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
- ½ cup Bittersweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup Dried cranberries
- ½ cup Chopped walnuts
- Weigh or measure all three sugars into a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, weigh or measure the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and corn starch and set that bowl aside, run a whisk through to blend. In a stand or hand-held mixer, add the butter and all three sugars and mix on medium speed for 3 minutes. You want the butter and sugars well blended; the mixture should look lighter in color. I stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and across the bottom. Add the vanilla extract then the egg. Mix till incorporated.
- Turn the mixer down to low and slowly add the flour mixture to the mixer bowl and incorporate. I stop the mixer and scrape down the sides and across the bottom to make sure all the flour is mixed into the wet sugar-butter mixture. I add the cranberries, bittersweet chocolate chip morsels, and chopped walnuts and turn the mixer on low to incorporate—about 30 seconds or less. I take the bowl off the stand and with a spatular turn the cookie dough over a few times to make sure everything is evenly mixed. Cover slightly and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C or 180°C). Line 2 cookie sheet pans with parchment paper and set one aside. Using a medium scoop, add twelve scoops to a pan. Bake for 11-13 minutes and move to a cooling rack after you pull the baked cookies from the oven. This recipe makes about two dozen; I had enough cookie dough for two more cookies, so I rearranged my 12 scoops on the second round to accommodate the last two scoops of dough.
I am not a certified Dietitian or Nutritionist. The nutrition amounts given below are provided through a program and are only a guideline.