Dried Cranberry and Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Can you believe there are only 16 more days left until Christmas?! I could really use one more week throw in to get stuff done (or 10 quite frankly).

I was really stressing about it earlier, when I decided to just walk away from it all for awhile. I put on some Christmas music (a little Dave Koz & Friends, A Smooth Jazz Christmas), lit my favorite Yankee Candle and headed to the kitchen to completely avoid reality and eat chocolate.

Isn’t that what all rational people do when they’re stressed out? No?

Cookies do the trick like magic every time! From licking the bowl, to the smell as they bake, to that first bite when the chocolate is still melty and ooey gooey in the middle… sigh.

See, I feel better just thinking about it! These are the perfect way to slow down for a few minutes during this crazy holiday season.

As if the cookies weren’t good enough, I also got a visit from the Fairy Hobmother (thanks to Sprigs of Rosemary) over at Appliances Online. She left me an Amazon Gift Card just in time to throw a little something into the shopping cart for myself this holiday season. If you leave a comment and make a wish, she might even visit you too! So go ahead, what are you secretly wishing for this Christmas?

I mean besides these amazing cookies…

Dried Cranberry and Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields: 2 ½ dozen cookies

¾ c. unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks), softened
½ c. +2 tbs. granulated sugar
½ c. + 2 tbs. packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
½ c. pecans, chopped
½ c. dried cranberries, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together till light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and blend until well combined. Mix in baking soda, salt and flour, being careful not to overmix.

Using a wooden spoon, stir in chocolate chips, pecans and dried cranberries.

Drop by the rounded tablespoons onto baking sheets.

Cook 11-14 minutes until very light golden brown and edges are set. Cool on pan 2-3 minutes. Remove to cooling racks and cool completely before storing (although I highly recommend eating one or two at this point while they’re still warm and gooey – in case you wanted my opinion!)

Don’t forget – today is the final day to enter to win a Michael’s Gift Card to help with your holiday gift wrapping!

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  1. 1

    Congratulations on the Fariy Hob Mother visit! And the holiday sure is creeping up on us fast! The cranberry and pecan chocolate cookies look fantastic!

  2. 2

    This is one beautiful cookie. I must get time to bake it.

  3. 3

    what amazing cookies:))

  4. 4

    Oh Jen! These look perfect. I love using dried cranberries in my cookies. Can’t wait to see all the other delicious posts :)

  5. 5
    Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    These sound so good. I love dried cranberries, great idea to add pecans!

  6. 6

    What great cookies!! I am thinking of going to release some stress in the kitchen right now. My to do list just keeps growing!
    Fun you got to get something for yourself! My potato masher broke, I could use one of those before Christmas! And maybe a blender (that broke too)!

  7. 8

    I love, love these cookies, Jen! And since I’m the only one who will eat nuts and dried cranberries, they’d be ALL mine :) As always, your photos are perfect!

  8. 9

    These are beautiful cookies, Jen! I really need to try adding cranberries to my cookies. And yes, I always like to escape to the kitchen and eat copious amounts of chocolate when I am stressed!

  9. 10

    i love cookies. they are so nice. i like your photos is so clear.

  10. 11

    Beautiful cookies, Jen! Look at that ooey gooey melted chocolate bit! Your photography is awesome! I can just taste these so warm and sweet! Glad you made time for yourself today. I love Dave Koz ( you know the song You Make Me Smile?). Would have loved to have been a guest in your kitchen today! : )

  11. 13

    Congratulations on those AMAZING cookies and I’m glad you had a visit from the Fairy Hob Mother! I’m with Anne (above) your photos are stunning!

  12. 14

    Great cookies!!This is one beautiful cookie. I always like to escape to the kitchen and eat copious amounts of chocolate when I am stressed!

  13. 15

    Congrats on the Fairy Hobmother visit-perfect during the season of giving! I find it is best not to count the days left before Christmas because it has a way of making me feel unprepared! I have a list but it seems to be growing instead of getting smaller.
    Enjoy the weekend!

  14. 16

    I love these. Funnily I just made something exactly like these without chocolate chips. What a great cookie!! PS.. congrats on the Fairy Hobmother coming to visit you!! Hope you enjoy your little gift. :)

  15. 17

    Those are gorgeous! I buzzed.

  16. 18

    Jen these look so good. Great recipe. I am so not ready for Xmas, usually I am done shopping by April but our circumstances are so different this year. Hoping to wrap up my shopping this week as I hate busy stores. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  17. 19

    Congrats on top 9!

  18. 20

    Yay! Top 9!! A perfect Christmas present.

  19. 21

    Congrats on the fairy hob mothers visit. FUN!! These cookies look amazing and oh-so-deilcious. Must try them!!

  20. 22

    I love it when I have everything I need to make a recipe. This recipe comes just in time for my holiday baking, and sound delish! Congratulations!

  21. 23

    I can’t believe it’s now 14 days until Christmas! And I keep seeing cookie recipes pop up everywhere, but I really do like this cranberry and pecan combination – yum yum and melt in the mouth too :)

  22. 24

    Everyone keeps mentioning how many days are left till Christmas and I truly don’t know how the days have flown by…it makes might heart beat fast. I would much rather sit and have one of these little cookies. They look so good. I love a good fruit, nut and chocolate combination.

  23. 25
    Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen says:

    Cranberries and chocolate in cookies will keep me in business till Christmas! What a great pick-me-up to relieve the stress of planning for the holidays. No wonder this made the Top 9!

  24. 26

    Oh boy…like I haven’t baked enough already – and now I feel the need to try these! They looks SO good!!!

  25. 27

    Never had cranberries and pecans in chocolate chip, but I’m already loving the idea! I realized that it’s great to experiment with additional ingredients. Congrats on Fairy Hobmother! It’s almost Christmas and someone is nice to get a gift from the special Santa of the blogging world. :-)

  26. 28

    Fabulous. Would make a great car-ride snack.

  27. 29

    That is one delicious cookie. YUMMMY!!!

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