Good Morning everyone! Are you planning out your holiday baking list yet? Each year, I enjoy baking cookies and various treats for Christmas to give out to co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family. I think I enjoy doing this so much because my mother taught me to bake when I was young. I remember baking with her in our kitchen and using our cookie press to make Christmas cookies and then decorating them together – it is one of the reasons that I love Christmas so much!
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Over the years, my mom and sister have continued to get together to bake Christmas cookies and desserts together to continue the tradition, but even when we can’t come together for our holiday baking I still plan out several recipes to make each year by myself. I’ve even tried to pass this love of baking at Christmas on to my nieces and last year my niece Morgan and I made a Gingerbread Christmas Tree together (click here to check out that post).
I have to admit that as much as I love to cook and bake, that I had never made my own unique recipe before now. Oh, I’ve been known to tweak a recipe a little bit by adding, subtracting, or changing an ingredient or two but up until now I’ve never had my own creative idea for a recipe. About 3 months ago I had an idea for a new Christmas cookie that included cranberries because I love the cranberry orange scones I make at Christmas time. This cookie is a cross between a gingerbread cookie and a chocolate chip cookie in flavor and I hope it becomes a favorite on your Christmas baking list!
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Cranberry Spice Christmas Cookies
This cookie is very flavorful but not too sweet, which makes it the perfect Christmas cookie. It’s sure to be a family favorite!
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter ((2 sticks) softened)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs (large)
- 5 oz dried cranberries (I used 1/3 less sugar)
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp allspice
Preheat oven to 375°
In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a larger bowl beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg.
Add nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice mixing well.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the larger bowl.
Add the dried cranberries mixing well.
Chill for 30 minutes.
Drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 9-11 minutes.
Allow to cook on baking sheet for 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
I hope you love this recipe as much as my family and I did! It got 10 thumbs up (all 10 of us loved it!). I’d love to hear what you thought of this recipe, so please comment below to let me know. And don’t forget to share this post on your social media sites so your friends and family can enjoy it as well!
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