Cranberry dab of dough cookies, soft cookies perfect for the holidays.

Cranberry Dab Of Dough Cookies


My mom made the dab of dough cookies every year for Christmas. It was one of my dad’s favorite cookies during the holidays. The dab of dough cookies were special Christmas cookies, they were never made at any other time of the year. Her version of the cookies had a filling of dates instead of the cranberries.  Personally, I love the date filling and if it were up to me these dab of dough cookies that I made would have a date filling. But I am quite sure that my family would turn their noses up to this type of cookie.

And since I love cranberries, it’s the next best thing. Well, I would have to say that the cranberries measure up quite nicely to the dates. The cranberry filling gives a whole new flavor to these dab of dough cookies.

Cranberry Dab Of Dough Cookies

Even though my mom made these cookies for all those years, she was not a fan. She too is not fond of the date filling. So I decided to surprise her with a sample of the cranberry dab of dough cookies. She liked the twist that I made to my dad’s beloved cookies.

My dad passed away over eight years ago and I found myself wondering if he would have loved these cranberry dab of dough cookies. I am not sure, he wasn’t one for change, but then again I believed he enjoyed cranberries.

The cranberry dab of dough cookies are the perfect cookie for the holidays. The cranberries give the cookies a festive look, with their bright red color.  The cookies are called dab of dough because of the dab of dough that is set on top of the cranberry filling.

Cranberry Dab Of Dough Cookies

The soft festive cookies may become your favorite holiday cookie. I hope you give these cranberry dab of dough cookies a try.

Cranberry Dab Of Dough Cookies

  • Cookie Dough-
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Cranberry filling-
  • 1 cup chopped cranberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Filling-
  2. In a medium saucepan combined all of the ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue to cook until the mixture reduces by half and become very thick.
  4. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  5. Cookie Dough-
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking sheets.
  7. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer.
  8. Add the eggs and mix in.
  9. Mix in the vanilla and the sour cream.
  10. To this mixture add the boiling water and mix until combined.
  11. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add this to the dough and mix until well combined.
  12. The dough will be very soft, but that is how it should be.
  13. Drop the dough by teaspoons onto the prepared baking sheet. With the back of the teaspoon make a small well in the dough.
  14. Put a small amount of the cranberry filling in the well. (about ½ teaspoon)
  15. Take a dab of the cookie dough and set on top of the filling.
  16. Place the cookies in the preheated oven and bake 12 to 14 minutes or until the bottoms are slightly browned.
  17. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  18. These cookies freeze nicely.



Cranberry Dab Of Dough Cookies

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