Olive Oil Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Printable recipe here
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes, plus cooling
Makes about 24 cookies
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 bar (3.5 ounces) dark chocolate, finely chopped
Place your dried cranberries in a bowl. Pour the boiling water on top of them, and let sit for several minutes, or until the cranberries have become soft. They will also slightly expand in size, too--that is totally fine. Drain the water, and pat the cranberries dry with a towel. Set to the side for the moment.
Position two racks in the middle of your oven; preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
In a large bowl, sift together the two types of flour, sea salt, and baking soda. Set to the side for the moment.
In a separate large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), mix the eggs until they are lightly frothy. Add the olive oil, and mix until combined.
Add the two types of sugar and the vanilla extract, and stir to combine until everything is wet yet cohesive.
Add the flour mixture, a little at a time, pausing to mix in each addition. The mixture will progress from quite liquid to a firm and solid dough.
Fold in the chopped chocolate and dried cranberries, mixing until evenly dispersed in the dough.
Form the dough into approximately 1 ½ inch balls, and place with about 2 inches around on all sides on your baking sheets.
Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven, and let the cookies rest for a few minutes so they can set. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Pro tip: for an even more developed flavor in your cookies, make this cookie dough a day ahead. Form into balls, and place on the baking sheet, then cover and let it chill overnight. Preheat and bake in the morning; while the dough rests, the flavors can combine, making for a slightly more complex finished flavor.
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