November 8, 2019

Cranberry cornmeal cookies

Platter of baked cranberry cornmeal cookies.

Cornmeal cookies filled with sweet and tart dried cranberries and rolled in sugar are a childhood holiday favorite. These cookies are simple, rustic, unique, and yummy!

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This recipe comes from my mom and is one that we used to make at Christmas when I was a kid. She gave me the recipe and I changed it slightly to make a smaller batch and also to incorporate a bit more cornmeal and more cranberries to the cookies.

These cookies are lovely to have for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Since they have corn and cranberry they are a great addition to Thanksgiving desserts, but the cranberries make them lovely for enjoying through the winter holidays as well.
The cornmeal adds texture and makes a pretty rustic looking cookie, but they taste super! I love cornmeal in baked goods and pairing it with cranberries is a beautiful combination of fall flavors.

Hand holding a cranberry cornmeal cookie with a bite out of it.
Either white or yellow cornmeal will work in this recipe. You can also add a bit of orange zest if you'd like as orange pairs so well with cranberries. Orange zest will add an extra bit of holiday flavor and aroma.

These cranberry cornmeal cookies are rolled in some sugar before they are baked to add extra sweetness and a bit more texture.

I hope everyone is loving all the cranberry recipe ideas everyone has been sharing this #CranberryWeek. I know I have been and look forward to trying some of them out. 

Check them all out for today at the bottom of this post.

Yield: about 24 cookies

Cranberry Cornmeal Cookies

Cranberry Cornmeal Cookies

Cornmeal cookies filled with sweet and tart dried cranberries and rolled in sugar are a childhood holiday favorite. These cookies are simple, rustic, unique, and yummy!


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups yellow cornmeal (fine ground)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup, plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


How to cook Cranberry Cornmeal Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats.
  2. Whisk together the flour and cornmeal in a medium bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, 1/3 cup of sugar, and salt until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk, vanilla, and milk and beat until combined.
  4. Beat in the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the cranberries.
  5. Let the dough sit for 10 minutes. Place the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar into a shallow bowl.
  6. Roll the dough one heaped tablespoon at a time into a ball. Roll into the sugar. Place on the baking sheets about 3 inches apart.
  7. Flatten each cookie to about 1/4-inch thickness using a glass or flat metal spatula.
  8. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Let cool for ten minutes on the baking sheets and then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. Repeat until all dough has been used.
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I hope you give these cranberry cornmeal cookies a try! Let me know in the comments below. 

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Close-up of cranberry cornmeal cookies.

This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated in 2022 with new text and more to improve reader experience.

Check out these other cranberry recipes:

Sour Cream Cranberry Bars

Glazed Cranberry Gingerbread Muffins

Cranberry Curd Tart

Cranberry Orange Bread

It's Cranberry Week! See all the other delicious cranberry recipes being shared today (and follow #cranberryweek to see even more):


  1. I would love a couple of them for my tea now :-) Love the add of cornmeal!

  2. I have never heard of cornmeal cookies but they sound amazing.

  3. Oooh, I love cookies with cornmeal in them! I'm going to have to add these to my recipe box.

  4. These sound great! I love the texture of cornmeal cookies

  5. I have never had cookies made out of cornmeal...the sure look amazing...thanks for the recipe Amy and I am loving the cranberries in it..very festive!
    Have a great week!

  6. I love that cornmeal addition! I imagine that these are sweet, but can pair with a savory option too!

  7. I love the look of these yummy sounding cookies!


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