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Chocolate-Dipped Cranberry Cookies

These pretty pink cookies always turn out so tender. They are the hit of my holiday! —Barbara Nowakowski, North Tonawanda, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./ batch + cooling
  • Makes
    3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped walnuts, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Using paper towels, pat chopped cranberries dry; stir into dough.
  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake until lightly browned, 11-13 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip each cookie halfway into the chocolate; place on waxed paper. Sprinkle with walnuts if desired. Let stand until set.
    Freeze option: Drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets; cover and freeze until firm. Transfer cookie dough balls to a freezer container. May be frozen for up to 3 months. To use, bake frozen cookie dough as directed, increasing time by 3-4 minutes. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Test Kitchen Tips:
  • To prepare cookies without freezing, drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • If you want a brighter pink color, don't pat the cranberries too much. A little moisture is fine and will give you a nice pink swirl in the cookie batter.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 130 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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