Monday, 21 May 2007

Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

After seeing Freya’s gorgeous cookies recently, I really felt we needed to have some cookies of our own in the kitchen, available for nibbling. I wanted something not too fancy, but with chocolate and hopefully fruit too. I turned to Tessa Kiros and her Apples for Jam book.

These cookies are slightly chewy and crisp on the outside, I’ve tried cranberry and chocolate cookies before in the form of Nigella’s lovely ones from Feast, although they are white chocolate so completely different. These were very good, my friend Ilana says they are one of her favourites and I can see why the darker chocolate and the yummy cranberries make for a great taste combination. We all liked them, and they were gone so quickly. I kept them quite small, so got the 30 suggested by Tessa out of the mixture. I also tried a variation on the recipe which was finely diced dried mango and American butterscotch chips, and they were yummy too.

Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

75g Butter
50g soft brown sugar
50g caster sugar
1 egg
Few drops vanilla extract
160g plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
110g dark (semisweet chocolate) chopped
50g dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 190oc / 375oF / gas 5. Line 2 trays with baking paper or magic mats / silpat.

Cream the butter and sugars together (I used a Kitchen Aid). Add the egg and vanilla and mix again. Add in the flour and baking powder and mix only to combine, then finally add in the chocolate and cranberries and mix invery brielfy. Roll tea spoonfuls of dough into balls and place on the waiting baking sheets (no need to flatten them), bake for 12-15 minutes.


Little Foodie said...

Kelly-Jane, these sound delicious - if you have any left,our address is.. Funnily enough we added cranberries to the choc cupcakes we made last week. I expect in cookies the combo was even better. Amanda

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

These look and sound delightful. I can easily imagine cranberries and chocolate being excellent together!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Wouldn't I love a plate (yes, a plate, nothing less) of these cookies? They look so delicious, Kelly-Jane!

vonsachsen said...

Thanks for the recomendation, I´ve just got Apples for Jam and haven´t tried anything yet. I made Nigella´s few weeks ago with chocolate and cranberries but I found them a bit too sweet. I guess yours are just perfect with dark chocolate. Oh well,next time...
vs xx

Laura said...

I love Tessa's books, although the green-eyed monster can rear his head from time to time when she talks about her idyllic lifestyle. Yummy cookies.

Margaret said...

They look fabulous. Tessa's books are amazing.

Freya and Paul said...

These look great! I'm turning to my Tessa Kiros books right now for inspiration for SHF!
I think I would replace the cranberries with chopped figs or dates though because I'm a bit iffy with those sour little dried things!

Gattina said...

slightly chewy cookies? My fav!!!
I really like chocolate & cranberry this combo :)

Ilana said...

Mmmmmm, my favorite cookies. You have an incredible memory! :) What I love about these cookies is that they are small and never ever get hard. It's amazing. I always find chocolate chip cookies to get hard but these never do.

Thank you for reminding me of how fabulous these are!


Rose said...

You said the magic words: slightly chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside. I am sold.

Lis said...

They look so good! I love the cranberry/dark chocolate combo.. have you made more yet? You have, haven't you? :)~~~~ <-- drool


Kelly-Jane said...

Thanks everyone :)

I'm loving the fig and dark chocolate idea, and no of course I didn't make more (I did! ha ha).


Sarah said...


Those cookies look great! I'll have to try them soon. I liked Nigella's white chocolate and cranberry cookies, but found them pretty sweet.

xox Sarah

ps I haven't forgotten about your tagging me for a MEME... I promise I'm doing it soon!!