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Cranberry Almond Cookies

I was really craving something sweet today. And for the first time in my life, I wasn’t in the mood for cake. I wanted cookies. Not just any cookie…the BEST cookie recipe I could come up with. Cranberry Almond Cookies. These sweet treats are 100% Santa Approved for the holidays. Sweet-tart cranberries in a buttery cookie loaded with almonds and another extra special ingredient?

A white plate with three cookies

Cranberry Almond Cookies (Please leave some for Santa.)

So I made a trip to the store. Nine times out of ten, I go to the grocery store with a list. Not this time.

Shopping without a list is quite liberating!

WARNING:  Try it at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for your random shopping cart and crazy long receipt.

While I was browsing around the sweets section, I saw these… Greek yogurt baking chips. Wasn’t sure how I would use them yet, but I tossed them in the cart.


A bowl of Greek yogurt baking pieces sitting on a gray wooden board

These have a rich, cheesecake taste to them. I chopped them up before putting them in the cookies.


I absolutely love cranberries, and so I grabbed a bag of the dried variety.


A bowl of dried cranberries


And nuts. Went with some almonds…because almonds. Give them a good chop before adding them in.

(We actually had an epic fail during the production of Cranberry Almond Cookies. My first batch of almonds, we slivered/chopped and were attempting to toast them lightly in the oven. I had not made friends with my new oven yet, and didn’t realize that the broil setting was actually nuclear war. … we chopped up some more almonds and skipped the toasting. HA!)


You will love this recipe for Cranberry Almond Cookies.


My list-free shopping led to a very yummy cookie experiment. A basic chewy cookie dough, with all of my goodies inside…they turned out to be a fantastic treat!


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A white bowl of cookie dough


Yes, I ate some of the raw cookie dough. I lived! (Not advocating this, just sharing my personal experience.)


Mounds of cookie dough on a baking sheet


The tart-sweet cranberries are perfect with the cream-cheese rich Greek yogurt chips. The roasted almonds add the perfect amount of crunch for our best cookie recipe.

We will definitely be making these Cranberry Almond Cookies again.


A wire cooling rack with cranberry almond cookies


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4 from 2 votes

Cranberry Almond Cookies

A delicious classic cookie recipe with tart dried cranberries, almonds and Greek yogurt chips.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 151 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt baking chips chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds chopped

Cook That

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and place rack in center.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, with a hand mixer, beat butter, white sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  4. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and add salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat for approximately 1 minute. Add in flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Do not over mix.
  5. Fold in cranberries, baking chips, and almonds. Make sure they are evenly distributed.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In heaping tablespoon size balls, place cookie dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Cook for around 12 minutes. The cooking time will vary depending on your oven, so check them often. You will want to remove them when the edges are golden brown.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire cooling racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Almond Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    Sandy Sandmeyer
    March 8, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I love cranberries, too, and I’m so glad that you didn’t add any orange to your cookies. I’m not a fan of that addition. Your cookies look like they taste so rich and yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at the Over the Moon Link Party.

    • Reply
      March 8, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      We didn’t want them to be too “Christmas-y”, so we left the orange out. It was a good call, I agree. My favorite part ended up being the Greek yogurt chips. First time I have baked with them.

  • Reply
    December 17, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I was not able to find Greek yogurt chips. What can I replace those with?

    • Reply
      December 17, 2017 at 11:33 am

      White chocolate chips will also be delicious.

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