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Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple cranberry cookies are made with sweet apple and tart cranberry combined with cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg creates the perfect seasonal cookie.

Apple cranberry cookies cooking on a baking rack, one cookie sits on a wooden board.

When I’m craving something both sweet and tart, I love to make these delicious apple cranberry cookies. I love the combination of spices in this recipe, the vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg create a depth of flavor that makes sure these delicious cookies do not disappoint! 

This is the perfect cookie to use for any type of apple – either tart apples or sweet apples depending on your personal taste. In this recipe, I prefer sweet apples like honeycrisp and pink ladies because it pairs well with the tart cranberries. This chewy cookie has a burst of apple flavor with bits of soft apples and cranberries mixed throughout. 

Cookies are one of my favorite things to bake, and I like experimenting with the addition of different ingredients such as adding fruits like apples. When I came up with this recipe, I knew I had a versatile cookie that could be customized for anyone’s taste. I use this recipe as a base for any type of cookie. I have made these with the addition of apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, old-fashioned oats and raisins.

Looking for more apple recipes? Try out some of my favorites like these apple turnovers, apple cookies, apple hand pies, apple cinnamon muffins, swedish apple pie and apple pie cream cheese wontons.

Apple Cranberry Cookie Ingredients

  • Sugar – I use brown sugar in this recipe, but in a pinch white sugar would work as well
  • Unsalted Butter – Using unsalted butter in baking helps you control the amount of salt that goes into your recipe
  • Egg
  • Pure Vanilla Extract – if using imitation vanilla extract I like to add in a little more to make up for the flavor 
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Nutmeg, Ground Cinnamon – the perfect combination of fall spices
  • Salt – I typically use kosher salt, but sea salt also works great in baking
  • Baking Soda – used to increase the volume and create a lighter texture in baked goods 
  • Fresh Apples – my favorite baking apples are honeycrisp apples, granny smith apples and pink lady
  • Dried Cranberries – dried work best in this recipe over fresh cranberries
Collage of images showing the process of making cranberry apple cookies, mixing ingredients in a stand mixer, adding apples and cranberries and rolling out cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet.

How To Make Apple Cranberry Cookies

Preheat oven to 375º F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl with a hand mixer or stand mixer, on low speed cream together brown sugar, softened butter, egg and vanilla until fluffy.

In a separate medium bowl whisk together flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. If using a stand mixer, with your paddle attachment mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until combined. Fold in chopped apple pieces and dried cranberries. Using a cookie scoop drop or roll cookie dough balls and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown for the perfect soft cookies. Make sure to cool on a wire rack and enjoy! Store any extra cookies in an airtight container for up to a week – if they last that long!

Yield: 24 cookies

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple cranberry cookies are stacked 3 high on a wooden board on top of the kitchen counter, cookies cooling on a baking rack in the background.

Sweet apple and tart cranberry combined with cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg creates the perfect seasonal cookie.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Apple, Peeled and Chopped (1 medium apple)
  • 3/4 Cup Dried Cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together brown sugar, butter, egg and vanilla until fluffy. I like to use a stand mixer or electric mixer.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until combined.
  4. Fold in chopped apples and dried cranberries
  5. I like to use a cookie scoop or roll dough into balls on a greased or lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Cool on a baking rack and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 2g

Nutrition values are estimates only.

Apple cranberry cookies cooling on a baking rack, a spatula enters from out of frame to scoop one up.
What are the best apples for cookies?

I like to use honeycrisp apples, granny smith apples or pink lady. A nice tart yet sweet apple is great for these cookies.

Are these cookies soft or hard?

These are a soft cookie almost cake or muffin like texture. The brown sugar in this recipe helps make these a soft cookie.

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