Cranberry Christmas Cookies

Cranberry Christmas Cookies, featured in the children’s book, Cranberry Christmas, are amazingly, surprisingly good. Tart and sweet, they’re packed with flavor. 

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I may just have found my new favorite cookies. They don’t look like anything special. The recipe contains no special ingredients. In fact, I was surprised to look over the ingredients list. But, these Cranberry Christmas Cookies?


Huge winners in my book. The kids all yelped at their first bite. These are wowza good.

I can’t take credit for the recipe. It’s featured on the back of the children’s Christmas book, Cranberry Christmas. It’s a throw back from my childhood that I purchased for my kids. We are making a new set of memories together.

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This girl was so excited when the book arrived. We’ve enjoyed reading Cranberry Thanksgiving over the last couple years. This year I bought Cranberry Christmas to add to our storybook collection.

Did you read these when you were a kid? They’re from 1976, or thereabouts.

The books, written by Wende and Harry Devlin, feature Maggie, her grandmother, and their neighbor Mr. Whiskers. Apparently, the Christmas one was turned into a TV special, starring Barry Manilow. Who knew?

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I have a very clear memory of baking the Cranberry Bread from Cranberry Thanksgiving with my Granny. Unlike Gramma John, Granny didn’t bake. So, I really remember that day.

I wanted to make sure the kids and I tried out these recipes. My girl was pleased to be the helper last week in baking the cookies. The life-changing cookies. Ahem.

We read the story and baked. Note: the book doesn’t address anything remotely related to Christmas, in the Christian sense of the word, but it takes place a Christmas time and is a sweet story about friendship.

A set of the books and a batch of cookies would make a great gift for families on your list this year!

I’ve adjusted the directions to the original recipe because I found they needed a little tweaking. I chopped the cranberries before I measured them which may make my measurements different than theirs. Go whichever way you like. Also, we used almonds instead of walnuts because: walnut allergy.

I highly recommend making a batch of these and stashing them in the freezer for yourself. They are tart and sweet and crunchy. Super duper good!

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  1. These sound like a great change from normal Christmas cookie fare! Just to be sure, we’re talking fresh cranberries and not dried – is that correct?

  2. I remember that book. Giving the book and a batch of cookies as a Christmas present is a great idea 🙂

  3. Could you use frozen cranberries and chop them up?

  4. i LOVED the Cranberry Christmas book as a kid! i never read Cranberry Thanksgiving, i might have to order it! Thanks for the nostalgia!!

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