Easy Christmas Cookies:
Cranberry-Chocolate Christmas Cookies

I've finally found it: a recipe for easy Christmas cookies that are as healthy as they are delicious!

easy christmas cookies

These cookies are just what I was looking for. They look great on a plate of festive goodies, they taste wonderful, and they are made with wholesome ingredients.

Not only that, but they mix up in no time in just one bowl. Cleanup is easy!

These would be a good choice to take to a Christmas cookie exchange - especially if everyone at the exchange is a fan of healthy eating!

Of course, these cookies are delicious at any time of the year, not just at Christmas!

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • honey
    • whole wheat flour
    • oat bran
    • baking soda
    • baking powder
    • dried cranberries
    • chocolate chips

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • butter
    • eggs

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • cookie sheets
    • a large mixing bowl
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • a mixing spoon

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a wire cooling rack
    • a metal spatula for removing the cookies from the cookie sheets

    The recipe

    2/3 cup/150 mL butter, softened

    1/2 cup/125 mL honey

    1 egg, slightly beaten

    1 cup/250 mL whole wheat flour

    1 1/4 cup/300 mL oat bran

    1 tsp/5 mL baking soda

    1 tsp/5 mL baking powder

    1 cup/250 mL dried cranberries

    1/2 cup/125 mL chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

    Grease some cookie sheets.

    In a large bowl, cream the butter.

    Add the honey and egg. Stir to mix well.

    Add the flour, oat bran, baking soda and baking powder. Mix well.

    Add the cranberries and chocolate chips. Mix.

    Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto the cookie sheets.

    Bake until light brown (about 10-12 minutes).

    Let cool slightly, and then transfer to a cooling rack or plate.


    • Use your favourite flour instead of the whole wheat flour.

    • Use maple syrup instead of honey.

    • I haven't tried this myself, but I'm guessing that you could use wheat bran instead of oat bran.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Instead of dried cranberries, use raisins or your favourite dried fruit. If you use something large like dried apricots, use kitchen shears to cut them into small pieces.

    • Instead of (or as well as) chocolate chips, use your favourite nuts.


    • Liquid honey is easiest to measure and mix, but solid honey works too.

    • If you don't have oat bran, put some rolled oats in a blender and process them until they look like coarse crumbs. Use that in place of the oat bran.

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