There are certain flavors that just make me think of the holidays. For some people, it’s pumpkin spice but for me, it’s peppermint and cranberry. Not together, but those are two flavors that just make me feel like the holiday season has arrived. If you’re a fan of Craisins, you have to try these easy Cranberry cookies.
They’re perfect for whipping up on a chilly weekend when you’re cozied up inside with your family. They’re also a great option if you need a cookie for a holiday cookie swap or you’re hosting a party!
EASIEST CRANBERRY COOKIES RECIPE
The secret to these cranberry cookies is sugar cookie mix! So they’re actually cranberry sugar cookies which my family really loves. I love a good cranberry oatmeal raisin cookie, but oatmeal cookies aren’t at the top of my kids’ list. So finding different ways to make sugar cookies is a happy medium for us all!
Of course, I don’t think I’ve ever met a cookie I didn’t like! There are plenty of dried cranberry recipes to make during the holidays, but cookies are what Christmas is all about, right?
If you’re a cookie baker like me, aka one who likes to feel like they’re making something homemade but also likes a little bit of help, these are the cookies for you!
CRANBERRY COOKIES RECIPE
This cranberry cookies recipe will give you about thirty-six cookies, give or take. So it works well if you need cookies to take somewhere for a Christmas celebration.
The ingredient list is simple and all you need is a pouch of sugar cookie mix, dried cranberries (Craisins), butter, and an egg. Then you can get the kids involved in helping mix and scoop some Christmas cookies!
- 1 box/bag sugar cookie mix
- 1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
- 1 stick butter (softened)
- 1 large egg
- Heat oven to 375°F. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray or a sheet of parchment paper.
- Mix together the sugar cookie mix, dried cranberries, softened butter and egg in a large bowl. Stir until completely combined into a soft dough.
- Drop rounded teaspoons of the cookie dough onto the baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are a golden brown.
- Let cool before serving. Enjoy!
CRAISINS COOKIES RECIPE FAQ
SHOULD I SOAK DRIED CRANBERRIES BEFORE BAKING?
If you’re making dried cranberry cookies, you just toss them into the dough as we did in this recipe. If you’re making a recipe that calls for fresh cranberries but all you have are dried cranberries, you can use them and rehydrate them.
Soak them in hot water for about 15 minutes then strain them. You can then use them in your recipe that calls for fresh cranberries.
HOW DO YOU DRY CRANBERRIES?
If you don’t have Craisins on hand but you have fresh cranberries, you can still make Craisin cookies or any other Craisins recipes.
Heat your oven to 350°F. Put the cranberries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place it in the oven. Then turn off the oven and let the cranberries sit in the oven overnight (or at least 3-4 hours). You’ll have homemade dried cranberries!
CAN I ADD WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS TO THESE CRANBERRY COOKIES?
Absolutely and they will be delicious! I recommend using about 3/4 cup of chocolate chips and mixing them in with the dough.
You can also make them with nuts or combine other flavors like lemon and orange into the cookies using extracts!
These are a perfect way to celebrate a flavor of the holiday season!
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