Orange Zest, Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Cookies

Deciding between fruity and chocolatey desserts can be challenging. Will it be lemon meringue pie or chocolate mousse? Brownies or apple crumble? Sorbet or tiramisu? Well, now I just made myself hungry… 🙂

I usually prefer not to mix the two dessert types. However, these Cranberry, Orange Zest and Dark Chocolate Chunk cookies truly merge the worlds of citrus and cocoa in a way where each flavor is complemented and enhanced.

While this is not the most nutritious cookie recipe I’ve ever developed, these cookies are delicious and definitely unique. The bright specks of orange peel and cranberries make these super visually-appealing and different than your average chocolate chip cookie.

Whip up this one-bowl recipe on a Friday, or really whenever you’re craving cookies because yes, they are that effortless. Enjoy!
<3 Dena

Orange Zest, Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Cookies

Not so nutritious, but definitely delicious! This recipe is designed for chocolate and fruit lovers.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert, Grain, Snack
Keyword: Orange zest, cranberry and dark chocolate cookies
Servings: 25 cookies
Author: Dena Don


  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar well. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating. Add flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and orange zest to bowl. Mix until just combined. Stir in dark chocolate chunks and dried cranberries with a spatula.
  • Measure out heaping tablespoonfuls of dough, and place on cookie sheets. Make sure to leave one-inch spaces between balls. Flatten balls slightly before baking.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until edges are set and bottoms of cookies are light brown.

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