Slice and Bake Cranberry-Orange Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Light and flavorful slice and bake cranberry-orange cookies with chocolate chunks throughout. A fun cookie with a festive burst of flavor. A must make for holiday parties and cookie exchanges!

Light and flavorful slice and bake cranberry-orange chocolate chunk cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel A fun seasonal cookie with a festive pop of color and flavor!

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Light and flavorful slice and bake cranberry-orange chocolate chunk cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel A fun seasonal cookie with a festive pop of color and flavor!

Every year for as long as I’ve been baking, I’ve been making some version of a cranberry cookie around the holidays. A fun pop of flavor in a sea of traditional cookies. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the classics… snickerdoodles, gingerbread, etc. But there’s something special about a cookie with a fruity twist. Maybe it’s the New England girl in me, having always loved cranberries. But cranberries around the holidays are a must, even in the cookies!

This year I decided to do a mashup of a few cookie favorites and added a chocolate twist to the mix.

These perfect soft and chewy slice and bake cranberry-orange chocolate chunk cookies are an absolute must make this holiday season! Not only do the flavors pair beautifully together, but since they’re a slice and bake cookie (aka ice box cookies) you can prep this dough ahead and bake when you’re ready!

Once sliced and baked, these cookies stack great, making them perfect for gift giving, cookie exchanges or personal storage for the holidays! This recipe makes a generous 4 dozen, which may sound like a lot, but I promise, they’ll disappear in no time. Both chocolate and cranberry lovers will be grabbing for extras.

The key to this recipe is to stir in the chocolate and cranberries by hand, coat the roll generously with extra coarse sanding sugar and do not over-bake. Slightly under-baked would be even better… that is of course, unless you prefer a crisper cookie and then by all means, crisp away!

If you’re looking for a fun and festive cookie, the entire family will love, be sure to add this slice and bake cranberry-orange chocolate chunk cookie recipe to your baking plans this holiday season. You’ll be glad you did!

Light and flavorful slice and bake cranberry-orange chocolate chunk cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel A fun seasonal cookie with a festive pop of color and flavor!


Tips tricks and questions answered…

How many will this serve?
As written, this will make 4 dozen: 2 1/2-inch cookies. Too many? Freeze extra or cut the recipe in half. Not enough? Double or increase the recipe as needed.

Can I use dark brown sugar?
Yes! Substitute 1:1 with the light brown sugar. Dark brown will offer a richer flavor. Use whichever brown sugar you have on hand or prefer taste wise.

Help! I can’t find dried cranberries!
Double check with your local grocer. Dried cranberries will typically be stored in the baking aisle or near the raisins and other dried fruit. Alternatively, fresh cranberries can be used. Roughly chop prior to using. Another dried fruit such as cherries may also be used.

Can I use a different sugar to coat?
Yes! You can use turbinado sugar, granulated sugar or sanding sugar. They will each have slightly different finishing results and textures, but will be equally delicious. You can also omit the finishing sugar entirely, if desired.

Does this recipe need to be chilled?
Yes! Do not skip any of the chill stages. It is essential for for the dough to chill properly and firm up to both shape properly and keep it’s shape prior to baking.

How long will these last?
These can easily be stored for a week or longer in an airtight container. Baked cookies may also be frozen.

Can I freeze the dough?
Yes! Follow the steps through the first chill and shaping process. Then wrap it well, label with essential info and freeze. Frozen dough will keep for up to a year.

Can I make substitutions to the ingredients?
Yes and no. Baking is a science. This recipe works with the exact measurements listed. Altering one or several of those can cause the recipe to fail. If you’re familiar with baking substitutions, go for it! Outside of any alterations I’ve already mentioned, for specific substitution questions, ask in the comments below.

Light and flavorful slice and bake cranberry-orange chocolate chunk cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel A fun seasonal cookie with a festive pop of color and flavor!

Slice and Bake Cranberry-Orange Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Light and flavorful slice and bake cranberry-orange cookies with chocolate chunks throughout. A fun cookie with a festive burst of flavor. A must make for holiday parties and cookie exchanges!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 d
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Cookie, Cranberries
Servings: 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 3 C all purpose flour
  • 1 C dried cranberries
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chopped
  • Sanding sugar optional

Instructions

  • Prepare chocolate by roughly chopping. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Mix in one egg at a time and vanilla. Scrape bowl as needed. Mix in salt, baking powder and orange zest, followed by one cup of flour at a time, increasing speed between additions. Stir in dried cranberries and chopped chocolate by hand. For easier shaping, chill dough for 30-60 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half. Shape one half of dough into a log, roughly 10-inches long. Wrap in plastic wrap and tape to secure. Repeat with remaining dough. To prevent flat sides, store dough logs in empty paper towel rolls, cut lengthwise. Chill dough for 12-24 hours.
  • If desired, coat with sanding sugar after chill time. Pour sanding sugar onto a small rimmed tray. Roll dough log in sanding sugar. Re-wrap and chill for an additional 30-60 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Carefully slice 1/4-inch thick slices. Reshape as needed after slicing. Space roughly 1-2-inches apart on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Chill dough between batches.
  • Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes or until edges begin to turn light golden. Rest cookies on pan for 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container for a week or more.

Notes

Recipe yields roughly 4 dozen cookies.
To help maintain a round shape, store wax paper wrapped dough in a cardboard tube.
Examples: wrapping paper roll, paper towel roll cut lengthwise.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Light and flavorful slice and bake cranberry-orange chocolate chunk cookie recipe from @bakedbyrachel A fun seasonal cookie with a festive pop of color and flavor!

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