Delicious Cranberry Walnut Cookies

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Are you tired making the same cookie recipes every Christmas? Then try making these delicious gluten free cranberry walnut cookies. They are the perfect combination of flavorful and a tad crunchy and sweet, while bursting with flavor.

cranberry walnut cookies  in a stack

Once the holidays come around, I look for any excuse to gobble down some cranberries. I’m making and trying things like Cranberry Christmas muffins, cranberry bread, homemade Paleo cranberry sauce and they may even be a cranberry smoothie recipe in the future.

Since the holiday season is near, a cookie recipe just makes sense.

When I was thinking of a cookie recipe for this special time of year, a few things came to mind. Ingredients that conjured up thoughts and smells of the holidays were obviously top of mind.

What happened next is nothing short of delicious. These cranberry-nut cookies are all that and more, plus they are quick and easy to bake.

Just 12-15 minutes in the oven and you can go back to spending time with the people you love.

About Cranberry Walnut Cookies

I’m not afraid to use spices. I hope you aren’t either because these cranberry walnut cookies are full of flavor.

You’ll love the taste of the cranberries especially when the cookies come fresh out the oven and the cranberries take on another level of flavor.

Ingredients in Cranberry Walnut Cookies

  • Paleo flour
  • chopped walnuts
  • sweet cranberries
  • egg
  • coconut sugar
  • melted butter
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • apple cider vinegar
  • vanilla extract
  • ground nutmeg
  • sea salt

Can I use almonds instead of walnuts?

Yes. you can substitute almonds for walnuts in this recipe. They pair up pretty well. If you do decide to use almonds, use blanched slivered almonds for a tasty variation on this gluten free culinary treat.

Macadamia nuts or cashews would also work well.

Of course, any good cookie deserves a glass of tasty milk. I love pairing these cookies with a glass of homemade almond milk.

I’d like to make dairy free Christmas cookies. Can I make these dairy free?

Yes, you can make these cookies dairy free and it’s an easy swap to make. Just simply replace the butter in this recipe for extra virgin coconut oil and you’ll have dairy free Christmas cookies.

Tips for Glazing Gluten Free Cranberry Walnut Cookies

It’s important that the cookies are glazed fresh from the oven. Here’s how to glaze them. Once the cookies are removed from the oven, place them on cooling racks.

Use a piece of waxed paper the same width as the cooling rack and place underneath. Using a wire whisk dipped in glaze, move your hands back and forth over the cookie making swirly designs.

Cover the glaze between batches with plastic wrap so that it doesn’t get hard or dry out.

Cranberry Walnut Cookies

Yield: 15-17

Cranberry Walnut Cookies

Cranberry Walnut Cookies

A delicious gluten free recipe for cranberry walnut cookies.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup Paleo or gluten free flour blend
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup dried, sweetened cranberries 
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar 
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or butter
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream 


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In large bowl mix flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl mix sugar and melted butter.
  4. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, sugar, egg and apple cider vinegar.
  5. Beat well.
  6. Combine wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
  7. Fold in chopped walnuts and dried cranberries.
  8. Place cookie dough using rounded tablespoons on parchment lined cookie sheet, at least 2 inches apart
  9. Push cookies down with spoon slightly to flatten.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes until evenly brown on all sides.
  11. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  12. Quickly whisk together coconut cream, vanilla and powdered sugar to make glaze.
  13. Drizzle glaze over cookies while still warm.
  14. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before enjoying.

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Originally Published: December 20, 2020
Updated: November 9, 2021 October 8, 2022

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