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Cranberry Honey Cookies

These cranberry honey cookies are one of the most delicious treats out there!  They’re packed with the sweet fruity and floral notes of honey, with bursts of tart dried cranberries throughout.  They’re easy to make as well, so feel free to get the kiddos involved in helping you out with this recipe.

Cranberry honey cookies stacked on top of each other next to a bottle of honey and a napkin.

Ingredients

Here’s a photo of all the ingredients you’ll need, along with selected ingredient notes:

Ingredients for cookies - sugar, flour, egg, butter, vanilla, honey, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and dried cranberries.
  • Honey – One of the great things about honey is that the flavor can vary widely depending on the nectar source.  It can range from woody to fruity to earthy – you can even find a honey flavor wheel that can help you better identify the different aroma and flavor sensations in honey.  Why does this matter?  It means that when you use unique honey varieties, your cookies will have a unique – but lovely – taste each time.
  • All-purpose flour – This flour keeps the cookies light and decadent.  I don’t recommend trying to substitute with other types of flour in this recipe.
  • Butter – You’ll use a stick of butter for this recipe.  If you follow a dairy free diet, though, you can substitute a stick of any dairy-free butter (like Country Crock Plant Butter sticks or Earth Balance sticks).

Step by Step Instructions

At the bottom of this post, you’ll find the recipe card with full ingredient amounts and instructions.  Below is a quick helpful overview with photos.

You’ll start by creaming together you butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy, like the photo below. You can do this by hand but it’s much easier using a stand mixer or hand mixer.

A mixing bowl with butter and sugar creamed together.

Next, mix in the honey, egg, and vanilla. At this point, your batter will look like this:

Butter, sugar, honey, vanilla, and egg all mixed together in a bowl.

After  that, add your dry ingredients – the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Mix it until it’s combined, then fold in the dried cranberries.  Your final cookie dough will look like this:

Cranberry honey cookie dough in a silver mixing bowl.

Use a heaping tablespoon to portion out the dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake those cookies in the oven for about ten minutes at 350 degrees F, and then let the cookies cool on the baking sheet.

Now go ahead and dig in!

A baking sheet lined with parchment paper with baked cookies.

Recipe FAQ

Here are some common questions that may arise as you prepare these cookies:

How should you store cranberry honey cookies?

Store these at room temperature in an airtight container or ziptop bag.  For best quality, enjoy within five days.

Can you use other add-ins for these cookies?

Sure.  If you’d like to mix things up, cut the cranberries down to ¾ cup, and add in a ½ cup of either white chocolate chips or chopped walnuts.

Can you use fresh cranberries in honey cookies?

While there are cookie recipes that use fresh cranberries, honey cookies are best made with dried cranberries.

Can you freeze cookie dough?

Yes.  Scoop out the dough in heaping tablespoons and flash freeze them on the baking sheet for one to two hours.  Remove the dough balls and place them in a zip top bag, then return to the freezer for storage. For optimal quality, use the dough within two months.  You can bake from frozen; keep in mind you may need to slightly increase the baking time.

More Cranberry Cookies

If you loved these cookies, here are some more cranberry-packed cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth:

I hope you enjoy these cranberry honey cookies!  If you get a chance to try them, please feel free to leave a recipe rating or comment below.

A stack of five cranberry honey cookies.

Cranberry Honey Cookies

OnlyCrans
Cranberry honey cookies make a lovely sweet treat any time of the year!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 93 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour spooned and leveled
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the honey, egg, and vanilla, and mix well.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until combined. Fold in the dried cranberries.
  • Portion out heaping tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake on the center rack at 350 degrees F for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the cookies are cooked through. (You may have to repeat in batches).
  • Let cool on the baking sheet, then enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition analysis (per cookie): 93 calories, 3 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 75 mg sodium, 16.5 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 1 g protein, Vitamin D: 0%, Calcium: 0%, Iron: 2%, Potassium: 0%
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A stack of cranberry honey cookies next to a plate with a wooden honey dipper.

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