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Chocolate Orange and Cranberry Cookies

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Christmas is coming and I usually bake quite a few batches of cookies to give as gifts, for school bake sales and when friends drop in for afternoon tea.  This cookie recipe is really versatile, add some ground cinnamon or ginger to the mixture, vary the dried fruit, leave out the dried fruit or vary the flavour of the chocolate - multi coloured chocolate beans are a great idea when baking these for kids.  

I baked these cookies for an after school treat and used a dark chocolate orange my husband had in his not so secret chocolate stash. Don't worry, he won't miss it as there are 8 others I bought when they were on offer for £1 each. They are his absolute favourite so I stock up when I can.

Chocolate Orange and Cranberry Cookies

300g plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
185g butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 dollop vanilla bean paste
200g light soft brown sugar
50g cup caster sugar
1 free range egg
1 chocolate orange or 100g orange flavoured dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks
60g dried cranberries

Preheat your oven to 180C and line several baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda, chocolate and cranberries in a large bowl.  In another bowl mix together the melted butter, vanilla extract, egg and both sugars.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients in the larger bowl.  Mix everything until thoroughly combined.

Put large teaspoonfuls of mixture on to the prepared oven trays, leaving some room for the cookies to spread during cooking. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes. Cool on the trays for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

I'm entering these cookies into several Blogging Challenge Events and Linkys.

Alphabakes created by The More than Occasional Baker and Caroline Makes, Caroline is hosting this month and the letter is O.


We Should Cocoa managed by Choclette of Chocolate Log Blog and hosted this month by BakeNQuilt, the theme is cookies. 

The Biscuit Barrel Challenge hosted by Laura at I'd Much Rather Be Baking Than . . . . where the theme is Festive and Party.  These cookies are great for festive kids parties and an edible gift.

Cooks Joy hosts Bake Fest each month for vegetarian and vegan creations that are baked or broiled.


Family Foodie Challenge, created by Lou at Eat Your Veg and hosted by Vanesther at Bangers and Mash where the theme is lunchbox ideas, who wouldn't want one of these cookies in their lunchbox as a baked treat!

One Ingredient created and hosted alternate months by Nazima from Franglais Kitchen and Laura from How To Cook Good Food, the theme this month is Fruit of the Vine and Nazima is hosting.

Tea Time Treats created and hosted alternate months by Kate from What Kate Baked, and Karen from Lavender and Lovage, the theme this month is Dried Fruits and Karen is hosting.

Festive Fridays is a fab linky from Chris who blogs at Thinly Spread, there's also a fab Pinterest Board of all the festive culinary creations.


Foodie Gifts for Christmas hosted by Larderlove was created to celebrate the launch of her new Kindle eBook, link up all of your festive edible gifts.

Link up your recipe of the week

I've also linked up with Recipe of the Week hosted each week my Emily over at A Mummy Too.


  1. Who wouldn't want one of these in their lunchboxes indeed, my kids would be more than a tad happy! Yummylicious combination of choccie orange and cranberries, drooling just thinking about it. Thanks so much for linking up to #FamilyFoodies :)

  2. I adore cranberries in cookies, but the idea of combining them with chocolate orange as well is truly inspired. My kids would be ecstatic to discover these in their lunchbox - and so would I! A fab entry for this month's #FamilyFoodies challenge - thanks so much for sharing.

  3. I don't know what I like more - these cookies or the raiding of the not so secret stash! Thanks for sharing with the Biscuit Barrel challenge, these are perfect =)

  4. Goodness me, these look so beautiful and I love the idea of using chocolate orange. I am going to try to do cookies as gifts this year so will add this to the list of options :)

    Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek – I’ve Pinned this post and there’s a fresh linky live on the blog now. Hope you join in! x

  5. A fabulous entry for tea time treats thanks Michelle!

  6. Wonderful christmassy flavours here Michelle. I love chocolate and orange. This is on my to make list next weekend I think.


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