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Chocolate-Dipped Cranberry Cookies

These pretty pink cookies always turn out so tender. They are the hit of my holiday! —Barbara Nowakowski, North Tonawanda, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./ batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped walnuts, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Using paper towels, pat chopped cranberries dry; stir into dough.
  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake until lightly browned, 11-13 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip each cookie halfway into the chocolate; place on waxed paper. Sprinkle with walnuts if desired. Let stand until set.
    Freeze option: Drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets; cover and freeze until firm. Transfer cookie dough balls to a freezer container. May be frozen for up to 3 months. To use, bake frozen cookie dough as directed, increasing time by 3-4 minutes. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Test Kitchen Tips:
  • To prepare cookies without freezing, drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • If you want a brighter pink color, don't pat the cranberries too much. A little moisture is fine and will give you a nice pink swirl in the cookie batter.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 130 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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    • Betsy
      Dec 6, 2020

      Instead of Cranberries I added Maraschino Cherries n PineApple to Mine. Drained of Course. ????

    • Stephanie
      Dec 16, 2019

      Has anyone tried freezing them after baking? I was hoping to bake then freeze for a few weeks, then defrost and dip in the chocolate and nuts before serving. Thanks!!

    • Gayle
      Nov 24, 2018

      I was looking for a colourful addition to the holiday cookie collection and these caught my eye. The chocolate and bit of nuts help to offset the tartness of the cranberries. I didn't blot the cranberries at all and added them into the mixer to crush a bit more of the colour into the batter. They turned out to be a beautiful colour and the cookies are nice and tender. A definite "make again" for the holidays.

    • Sue_B327
      Dec 10, 2012

      These cookies are great! The first time I made them the cookies didn't come out pink, but I learned that if you don't fully dry the cranberries, the juice from the cranberries turn the cookie the pink color. These have become a Christmas cookie tray favorite!

    • Grammy5
      Nov 10, 2012

      I just tried these for my xmas cookie tray and they are awesome. Didn't turn out pink but that would be a matter of adding food coloring. Just the right amout of tart with the sweet. Will make again

    • Bluetwinkie
      Jan 5, 2012

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    • DakotaCook
      Nov 29, 2011

      These cookies tasted good, but did not come out pink - what false advertisement!! I will make them again but will color them.

    • Raggamuffin
      Jan 6, 2010

      I used butter flavored Crisco and dried cranberries (chopped) because that's what I had on hand. They turned out very yummy. I haven't tried them dipped in chocolate yet. I'm sure they will be very pretty! It was fun to tint the dough pink! Fun & easy cookie that I will make again!

    • stareyedangel
      Nov 24, 2009

      these were awesome just the right amount of sweet!

    • marasmomoh
      Dec 7, 2008

      I made these cookies and they did not have the pink color of the recipe. Also, I had to flatten the cookies before baking. They took about 5 minutes longer to bake than the recipe called for.