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Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Seriously. Who needs milk when you got wine to serve with your cookies?

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If you ask me, Santa won’t complain. Because baby, Santa likes his wine.

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Sure, we’d have to be a bit concerned about his drinking and driving because let’s be honest, he just doesn’t know when to say no, does he? I mean look at the guy. He’s not exactly skinny. He yells a lot (“on Dasher on Dancer on Prancer and Vixen!”)… Maybe he should get OFF those poor reindeer’s backs before he breaks them. And last time I checked, sending someone undercover to spy on people without their permission was called espionage. Gluttony. Animal cruelty. Paranoia & invasion of privacy. The guy sounds like a real gem. A keeper. More like he needs a keeper.

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So add all that up with a glass (or 8) of wine and we may have an international incident on our hands people. The last time I stayed up all night, hopping from house to house all around the neighborhood, jazzed up on stuff I put in my mouth, there was some serious damage control the next day; I was one hurtin’ unit. And let’s be honest – I’m not exactly a Spring chicken anymore. Neither is he. Which is probably why we don’t hear from jolly old St. Nick until the following year.

That’s one serious hangover.

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So okay. I won’t leave wine out for that guy. He gets milk.

But I’m a serious wine snob, err, connoisseur. And if we’re gonna get all serious and up in that, who needs boring, regular old chocolate chip cookies when you got these cookies?

What cookies? Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. Now if that doesn’t warrant a “ho ho ho!”, I don’t know what does.

I’m just sayin’… I like a classic chocolate chip cookie. Especially the ones my Momma makes. But holy hanna these were good. Sugary, chocolatey, fruity. And all wrapped up in cookie form? Heck yes. Now that’s a present I want to get!

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These come courtesy of Julie at White Lights on Wednesday and her annual Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap. Julie – unlike Santa – and I go way back. Like, years. Partly because of her love of freshly cleaned sheets but mostly because we’re both awesome. Or at least we think we’re both awesome. We’ve mixed cocktails together, she showed me the genius of savoury crepes,  plus you know she makes Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac & Cheese. No big deal or anything.

Totally a big deal. I want a big fat pot of THAT.

Obviously I was more than thrilled to find out we were each other’s match for the swap. I could gush about her for hours.

BTW – check out the cookies she made for the swap: My Momma’s Crisp and Chewy Gingersnap Cookies!

Basic idea: Get assigned a partner and then send each other a recipe for a cookie recipe you love. Make it. They make yours. And ta-da – instant cookie recipe swap! And an ass one size larger.

The only thing better than having Julie as my partner were these cookies. And the wine. Obviously.

This year, Santa gets no vino. #SantasBehavingBadly, right? And sadly, no cookies. Because I ain’t sharing. Unless it’s with you of course. But no bother – who wants that fat, mean bastard to come to the party anyhow?

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Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies




Yield 36 cookies


  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, room temp
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temp


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a larger bowl or stand mixer, cream together 1 C butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Add vanilla and eggs.
  4. Add half flour mixture to wet ingredients. Mix until just moistened. Add in remaining flour mixture. Stir in dark chocolate chips and half of white chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon tablespoons of cookie dough prepared baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Once the cookies cool, melt remaining white chocolate and remaining butter in a double boiler, stirring constantly (or microwave safe bowl for 20 seconds - remove and stir chocolate, repeat until chocolate is melted.) Drizzle white chocolate of the top of the cooled cookies, or dip one half of each cookie into the melted chocolate. Place dipped/drizzled cookies on parchment paper and allow chocolate to set before serving. The fridge helps speed this along.



Adapted from Julie @ White Lights on Wednesday via

Julie originally used vegetable oil in place of the butter. Feel free to use whatever fat you feel comfortable with.

What’s the best cookie you’ve ever had? Do you like your chips chocolate? Are you drinking wine right now? How’s Santa been treating you? How do you treat Santa? Anyone else feel a little weird about the jolly fat white dude?

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  • Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie)
    December 16, 2014 at 4:08 AM

    I haven’t made Christmas cookies for years…but these may tempt me:) And uh…I DO feel a little weird about that dude, but you know it’s not socially acceptable to say so… he kind of creeps me out. Frankly, I’d think he’d be better with wine…that means BOTH of us drinking the wine!
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    • Kristy Gardner
      December 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      you haven’t made Christmas cookies in years Jacqueline? is that because you don’t love the Christmas? man alive, you’re gonna hate my posts for the next week. haha. Where’s the justice?!

      ps. happy Saturday to you!

  • Julie @White Lights on Wednesday
    December 16, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    Oh my freaking god, how much do I love you right now? I could just curl up and live in this post. I did a google snort. Haha. I’m so glad you liked the cookies, and with wine? Genius! Your momma’s cookie (even though I F’d them up) kicked ass. Because duh, they’re your mom’s. Merry Keep Your House on Lockdown from the Crazy Fat Guy Day!
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    • Kristy Gardner
      December 20, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      hahahahahahahaha what is a Google snort??

  • Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm
    December 16, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    I LOVE this post. Thank you for finishing off my evening with a belly laugh HO HO HO
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    • Kristy Gardner
      December 20, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Oh Wendy! thank you so much – that means a lot. Ho ho ho back atcha my friend! (only 5 more sleeps!)

  • Elizabeth
    December 16, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    These look divine!

    • Kristy Gardner
      December 20, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      thank you Elizabeth! Happy holidays to you 🙂

  • Cathy @ Our Mini Family
    December 17, 2014 at 5:24 AM

    Your cookies came out great! Cranberries are the perfect holiday ingredient–they make pretty much any other recipe Christmas-y just by adding cranberries to it. These look so good I think I am going to try some this season!


    • Kristy Gardner
      December 20, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      I toats agree Cathy. it’s like, not sure what to do to make your recipe seasonal? just add cranberries! it’s like bacon for making things good. does that make it cheating?

  • Teresa, foodonfifth
    December 17, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    hello kristy, I have missed you and that is my fault…this seems to be my busiest time of year these days. Who knew? I am not in retail?
    I wanted to send you a belated condolence about your Dad and to wish you a Happy Holiday time. Your blog just gets better and better and I hope you are well.
    These cookies rock and just as seasonal as can be…both a good and yummy thing. T
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    • Kristy Gardner
      December 20, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Teresa, I’m pretty sure I didn’t hear you apologize there for being busy because life is busy and you are so awesome and amazing and you’d never have anything to apologize for ever. I’m just happy to see you 🙂 thank you so much for your words about my dad – that means a lot. you’re fantastic and so is YOUR blog and I hope you’re having a fantastic holiday season, albeit a busy one. heart you.

  • Teresa
    December 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Those cookies look beautiful – what could be better than cranberries and chocolate stuffed into a cookie?
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    • Kristy Gardner
      December 20, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      hm. maybe some bacon stuffed in there too Teresa? haha …. I think I have an idea formulating. happy holidays!

  • Sarah | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean
    December 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    I’m totally behind on my baking this year, so this is inspirational. Maybe I should start tonight!
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    • Kristy Gardner
      December 20, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      I think that’s a fabulous idea Sarah. Fabulous.

  • carole
    December 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    is it weird that I really dislike raisins in baked goods but looooove cranberries? these look delicious

    • Kristy Gardner
      December 20, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      I think it’s a little weird Carole. but totally legit 😉

  • La Cuisine d'Helene
    December 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Actually I don’t drink milk and love wine with dessert. Your cookies look yum and nice pictures. Happy Holidays!
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    • Kristy Gardner
      December 20, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      I’m so glad I’m not alone Helene! let’s boycot milk and just drink wine for the rest of the month, yes?

  • Eyecandypopper
    December 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    That looks pretty delicious and decadent! Wine and chocolate is yummy!
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  • Angie @ Friday is Cake Night
    December 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Oh hey there!! These look deeeeelightful! Hope you have a great holiday Kristy!

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    • Kristy Gardner
      December 20, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      oh hey there. you too Angie – hope the elves (the dolls and also your tiny humans) are enjoying the build up to Christmas! xo!