White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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When you put white chocolate and cranberry together in a cookie magic happens. These White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies might just become your new favorites! Chewy, delicious, and no need to chill the dough!

If you love these, try our oatmeal version! These thick and chewy white chocolate oatmeal cranberry cookies are absolutely delicious! Or whip up a quick batch of cranberry orange muffins for breakfast!

White chocolate cranberry cookie on a gold cooling rack.

Why this Recipe Works

Before creating this recipe, I had never eaten a white chocolate with cranberry cookie. Ever.

I’m not sure how I got through so much of my life without trying one. It’s not like I’m exactly a stranger to cookies. I’ve made what seems like every other type of cookie!

Even though this particular cookie combo eluded me, around the holiday season, I’m drawn toward desserts that combine cranberries and white chocolate. Think  Cranberry Bliss Bars and White Cake with Cranberry Filling and White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Bread.

Bright red cranberries look so festive against a white backdrop and the sweet and tart combo works so well together.

This year, I knew it was high time to make a Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookie too! I took my basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, tossed in some dried cranberries and folded in white chocolate morsels.

And in the process I fell in love.

Dried cranberries in cookies don’t get enough love. Oatmeal raisin cookies are good but cranberry cookies? Divine. They have an extra pop of flavor that I find irresistible.

  • Then, there’s that color. Cranberries are an instant way to make your cookies look pretty! No decorating or frosting required.
  • Speaking of frosting. . . this recipe should be in your back pocket for those times you want to make Christmas cookies without frosting. No mess, no fuss, no hassle transporting them without ruining the decorations. There’s nothing simpler than a drop cookie recipe.
  • Just mix, bake and go!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make white chocolate cranberry cookies.

Here’s what goes into my White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies (see recipe card below for measurements:

  • Butter– we’re going to melt the butter, so no need to soften!
  • Brown and White Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract– use pure vanilla extract. Our homemade vanilla extract recipe is perfect.
  • Flour
  • Baking soda and salt
  • Kosher salt
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Dried Cranberries

This is my standard dough I use as a starting point for lots of cookies. I knew it would be good but I wasn’t prepared for how delicious those last two ingredients would make these treats.

Instructions 

Step by step photos showing how to make white chocolate cranberry cookies.
  1. Mix Wet Ingredients. Melt the butter. Then beat the melted butter with sugars until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add in vanilla.
  2. Add dry ingredients. Slowly beat in flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Fold in Mix-Ins. Use a large wooden spoon or spatula to fold in white chocolate and dried cranberries, distributing them evenly throughout the dough.
  4. Scoop and Bake. Drop by large teaspoons onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove, cool and enjoy!
Cookies with white chocolate chips and craisins on a wire cooling rack.

Tips and Tricks

  • The melted butter in these cookies makes all the difference! Using melted butter rather than softened butter creates a cookie with a deliciously chewy texture. The extra step is worth it!
  • I used white chocolate morsels when I made the cookies this time. Next time, I might try the recipe with white chocolate chunks instead. Either way, the white chocolate brings out the best of this cookie.
  • These cookies do spread a decent amount, thanks to that melted butter I mentioned above. Be sure to space the dough out on your cookie sheet so they don’t run into each other as they bake.
  • The cookies will continue to bake after you remove them from the oven. They’ll still look a little soft and doughy at the end of the baking time–this is normal! Let them cool right on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
  • Need to bake in advance? This dough freezes well, as do the finished cookies. You can even freeze the cookie dough in individual balls so you can bake cranberry cookies right from frozen; just add an extra two minutes onto the baking time.
A bite taken out of a white chocolate chip craisin cookie.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

4.65 from 14 votes
By: Aimee
When you put white chocolate and cranberry together in a cookie magic happens. These White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies might just become your new favorites! Chewy, delicious, and no need to chill the dough!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies

Ingredients 

  • ¾ cup butter melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate morsels or chunks
  • 1 cup Craisins dried cranberries
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Instructions 

  • In mixing bowl, beat melted butter with sugars until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add in vanilla. Slowly beat in flour, baking soda and salt. Fold in white chocolate and Craisins.
  • Drop by large teaspoons onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove, cool and enjoy!

Notes

  • The melted butter in these cookies makes all the difference! Using melted butter rather than softened butter creates a cookie with a deliciously chewy texture. The extra step is worth it!
  • I used white chocolate morsels when I made the cookies this time. Next time, I might try the recipe with white chocolate chunks instead. Either way, the white chocolate brings out the best of this cookie.
  • These cookies do spread a decent amount, thanks to that melted butter I mentioned above. Be sure to space the dough out on your cookie sheet so they don’t run into each other as they bake.
  • The cookies will continue to bake after you remove them from the oven. They’ll still look a little soft and doughy at the end of the baking time–this is normal! Let them cool right on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
  • Need to bake in advance? This dough freezes well, as do the finished cookies. You can even freeze the cookie dough in individual balls so you can bake cranberry cookies right from frozen; just add an extra two minutes onto the baking time.
  • Store cookies in airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 75mg, Sugar: 14g
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are going to make a spectacular addition to our Christmas cookie trays this year. We like them so much that I just know I’ll be baking them all year long!

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Posted on April 8, 2023

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hi, I just tried out your recipe and it tastes absolutely awesome!! I was looking for a recipe for chewy cookies for a long time but they never came out as I wanted; these are perfect for me. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Fotos of my cookies can be seen on:
    http://imagininglife.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/white-chocolate-and-cranberry-cookies/

  2. Hi, I just tried out your recipe and it tastes absolutely awesome!! I was looking for a recipe for chewy cookies for a long time but they never came out as I wanted; these are perfect for me. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Fotos of my cookies can be seen on:
    http://imagininglife.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/white-chocolate-and-cranberry-cookies/

  3. I just made cookies, very similar to this, and posted it yesterday. Great minds think alike 🙂

  4. Hi,

    Your cookies sound delicious! I can’t say I have tried the cranberry and chocolate combo, but it sounds inviting. Have a wonderful day!

  5. Hi Aimee,
    I just love the cranberry and chocolate combination, this looks like a great cookie. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. This combo sounds so yummy! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing!

    www.blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

  7. I love this combination in fact I just made a biscotti using cranberries and white chocolate today. 🙂 Happy New Year Aimee.

  8. This is a superb combination. Tart cranberries with sweet white chocolate, how yummy is that?
    Looks pretty too.

  9. wow..this looks awesome..would love to have some..YUMMY YUMMY..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

  10. I love white chocolate cranberry cookies. Very, very much. Yours look delicious. Wonderfully delicious.

    Not to add more fat and calories or anything, but throw in some chopped macadamia nuts next time. 🙂

  11. LOVE the new design!!

    I never thought I would like a cookie like this… I mean it doesn’t have any chocolate… but I made some very similar around Christmas and they were so good!!

  12. I love the combination of white chocolate and cranberries! I make an oatmeal white chocolate cranberry cookie! I think I may need to try these!! Happy Thursday!

  13. First…I love the fresh new look around here!!

    Second…these cookies sound healthy to me…after all they have fruit in them. I think we can add them to our diet:-)

  14. this is one of my favorite cookie mix in combos! YUMMMM! (and do you know what else i love in all it’s cranberry and white chocolate glory? CRANBERRY BLISS BARS from Starbucks. DEAR WORD, those things are AMAZING!

    also LOVING your new layout and such! PRETTY PRETTY!

  15. best cookie combination ever. i received something similar to this for the fb cookie swap and it was to die for. can’t wait to make this sometime 🙂 i had forgotten about it, thanks!

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