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Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies

These Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies are filled with dried cranberries, lots of dark chocolate chips, and chopped walnuts, as well as nutty brown butter! They have a ton of incredible rich flavor, loads of texture, and they require no dough chilling!

Course Cookies, Dessert, Dessert/Snack, Snack
Keyword brown butter chocolate chip cookies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 -18 large cookies
Author Molly | Spices in My DNA


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar*
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips + extra for pressing on top
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 375℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined. Set aside.

  2. Place dark brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large heatproof bowl and set aside. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once it has melted, start whisking constantly. Watch carefully, it can burn easily if you don’t keep an eye on it! The butter will start to bubble and get a little foamy, and develop a golden brown color with a nutty aroma. This can take several minutes, just keep whisking and make sure it doesn’t burn. Once you see the brown bits start to appear, keep cooking for a minute or so until the butter is browned. Remove from heat and pour into the bowl with the sugars and whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool for 10-15 minutes.

  3. Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter/sugar mixture and whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, cranberries, and walnuts. It might be easiest to do this with your hands or an electric mixer, since the dough is pretty dense!

  4. Spoon dough onto baking sheet in about 3 tablespoon sized balls and bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly golden on the edges. They will look slightly underbaked, and this is good! Don't overbake them. Let cool for a couple minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Recipe Notes

*You can sub light brown sugar, I just like using dark here because it makes them extra caramelly and delicious!