Cranberry Decadent Cookies

"Posting this German cookie here for safekeeping until Christmas time. Have not tried this yet, but the combination of ingredients looks more than promising."
photo by Midwest Maven photo by Midwest Maven
photo by Midwest Maven
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  • Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Sift together flour, cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda, and set aside.
  • In a large bowl use an electric mixer to beat butter, shortening, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully combined before next addition.
  • In a small cup, mix together the vanilla and the coffee until the coffee is dissolved, then add to the butter mixture; beat to combine.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients, mixing until combined.
  • Stir in by hand white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and dried cranberries.
  • Drop 1 tablespoon of dough at a time onto baking sheets, spacing cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until firm. Let cool for 1 minute then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in airtight containers at room temperature for up to 1 month.

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  1. Midwest Maven
    Great chocolatey cookies with a hint of cinnamon. The cranberries give them great chewy texture, and we loved the cinnamon and chocolate combo. Thanks! Made this for ZWT4 for the Chic Chefs.
  2. WiGal
    Tasty cookie with wonderful ingredients-chocolate, cranberries, and coffee. The next time I would use less cocoa and there will be a next time. Thanks for sharing justcallmetoni. Made for ZWT 4.
  3. Bromleygirl
    Brilliant, brilliant recipe. I used one third wholemeal flour as I think it makes cookies chewier in texture.Because of that I had to add a splash of milk to the dough. I also did not make 48 (too impatient and greedy) and made just over 30 instead. Cooking time was increased to approx 18 mins, but they didn't seem any the worse for where for that-unlike my waistline now..
  4. Tessi40
    Mmmmmmmmmm! What else can I say!! These are delicious (I substituted a dried cherries cranberries mix and half whole wheat flour) and I made dozens of them tonight for gifts to coworkers and neighbors.
  5. wjkmbsullivan
    These cookies were delicious and so easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly. They were better than the homemade German Chocolate Cake that was at the Oktoberfest party I made these for!


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