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How to Make the Best White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Festive and flavorful, these white chocolate cranberry cookies are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  These cookies will definitely become a holiday favorite!

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These White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are both festive and flavorful. Crispy on the outside, while soft and chewy on the inside, these cookies will definitely become a holiday favorite!

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The holiday season is here and it’s the most wonderful time of the year! This time of year I love to bake homemade treats for friends and family. Today I am sharing one of my favorite recipes with you! This recipe was given to me by my friend and teaching colleague, Kerry. Along with being a dedicated teacher, Kerry is a talented baker. Every Christmas she makes homemade cookie dough for all of her friends and coworkers. It’s something we all look forward to each year!

I used her recipe for the dough and then made a few small additions of white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. The sweetness of the white chocolate complements that tartness of the cranberries. Add that combination to this flavorful dough and the result is one delicious cookie.

What ingredients will you need to make White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies?

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Ingredients:

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What Supplies Will You Need?

How to Make the Best White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Before you begin making the cookie dough, set out your ingredients so the butter and egg will be room temperature.

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicon mat.

This dough comes together very easily. First, sift the all purpose flour, baking soda, and salt together. Then set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy. To this mixture, add one egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract. I like to use vanilla paste, but vanilla extract works well too.

Next, add dry ingredients to butter/egg mixture and mix until combined. Then stir in white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.

Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. These cookies will spread out as they bake so be sure to space them a couple of inches apart. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. 

Be sure to let the cookies rest and cool on a cooling rack for 5 – 10 minutes.

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Does the cookie dough need to be refrigerated?

You can make the dough in about fifteen minutes. These cookies can be baked right away, but they are much better if you can refrigerate the dough for at least two hours. If you chill the dough longer than two hours, let it sit out at room temperature for about 20 minutes before scooping.

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The Best White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Festive and flavorful, these White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  These cookies will definitely become a holiday favorite!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 24 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract or paste
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)

Instructions
 

  • Before you begin making the cookie dough, set out your ingredients so the butter and egg will be room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
  • First, sift the all purpose flour, baking soda, and salt together. Then set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy.
  • To this mixture, add one egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract. I like to use vanilla paste, but vanilla extract works well too.
  • Add dry ingredients to butter/egg mixture and mix until combined.
  • Then mix in white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
  • Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.

Notes

You can bake these right away, but they are better if you can refrigerate the dough for at least two hours. If you chill the dough longer than two hours, let it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before scooping.
These cookies will spread out as they bake so be sure to space them a couple of inches apart.
Be sure to let the cookies rest and cool on a cooling rack for 5 – 10 minutes.
Keyword baking, Christmas cookies, cookies, dessert

This combination of the white chocolate and cranberry flavors is so delicious! 

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Here are a couple more tried and true cookie recipes:

Chocolate Mint Candy Cookies

Grandma’s Shortbread

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16 Comments

  1. These sound so good and they are the exact type of cookie that I like best, crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. The cranberries and white chocolate make them look festive for Christmas.

  2. The perfect Santa cookie! They look delicious.

  3. What a great flavor combination! The white chocolate and cranberries are my favorite Holiday flavors. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh, I love cranberries and white chocolate together. This Christmas cookie is a great addition to our holiday blog hop! Sharing and pinned!

  5. These look so delicious! I’m a big fan of cranberries, so I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

  6. Favorite flavor combination ever! These look so delicious and I can’t wait to bake up a batch this Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

    xo Trish

  7. Oh my goodness!! I am about to have breakfast and I want these instead!! They look so good!!! XO

  8. Lynne, these are a great holiday alternative to regular chocolate chip cookies. The addition of cranberries adds both holiday color and taste. These will go on my must bake list. It’s been fun hopping with you, my friend!

  9. These cookies look and sounds super yummy, I can’t wait to try these. So happy I was on the cookie hop with you Lynne.

  10. 5 stars
    Your cookies looks delicious! I love cranberries! Thank you by the way for stopping by Pinecones & Acorns!

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