Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies
Rich and buttery Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies are dressed for the holidays with creamy white chocolate chips and sweet dried red cranberries. Seriously, the BEST Christmas cookies!
KRIS KRINGLE CHRISTMAS COOKIES – OUR FAVORITE!
Baking holiday desserts is one of my family’s most beloved Christmas traditions. My VERY favorite cookie to enjoy during the holiday season are these Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies. They’re always the most requested cookies from family and friends with their soft and chewy texture and melt-in-your mouth scrumptious flavor.
CAN YOU FREEZE KRIS KRINGLE CHRISTMAS COOKIES?
Kris Kringles are the perfect homemade gift for friends and family… everyone loves them and the recipe makes a pretty large batch. They also freeze really well. After they’ve completely cooled, I just pop them in a large freezer bag and lay it flat in the freezer, for up to one month. Madelyn and I did some baking on Sunday and I’m freezing the cookies to share with co-workers, a little closer to Christmas.
HOW TO BAKE COOKIES EVENLY & PERFECTLY EVERY TIME
When baking cookies, I usually line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Either one of these will help the cookies to bake evenly, so I have a perfect batch every time. Recently, I’ve been using parchment baking sheets. These baking sheets are pre-cut baking sheets that lay flat.
The baking sheets worked so well! I was able to easily slide the cookies off of the baking sheet without having to use grease or spray. I also definitely appreciated the easy clean-up!
Whether you’re baking cookies for holiday parties, to leave out for Santa, swap with friends, or mail as gifts, one thing is for sure- these Kris Kringles are the cookies for you! Christmas cookies don’t have calories, so bake up a batch of Kris Kringles and enjoy a few too many yourself! 🙂
If you’re looking for other favorite cookies for the holidays, check out some of my other MUST haves! Every Christmas my snickerdoodles, old fashioned no-bake cookies and Grandma’s Special K cookies are on the dessert table!
You will be on Santa's "nice list" with these scrumptious Christmas cookies! Packed full of yumminess with cranberries and white chocolate, this recipe will make a large batch of cookies that freeze well.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white chocolate morsels + more to add to the tops of the cookies before baking
- 1 cup dried cranberries + more to add to the tops of the cookies before baking
- 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans (optional) + more to add to the tops of the cookies before baking, if using
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet/baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy.
- Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in white chocolate and cranberries.
Drop rounded spoonfuls (about 2 tablespoons) of dough, 1-1/2 inches apart, onto baking sheets. Add white chocolate morsels, cranberrries and pecans (if using) to the tops of the cookies for a prettier cookie.
Bake for about 9-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for about 1 minute and remove to wire racks to cool completely.
MAKE DAIRY FREE: I have successfully made these cookies dairy-free. I left out the white chocolate chips and used Enjoy Life Foods dairy-free baking chips (found at most grocery stores and Target. Also use Earth Balance Vegan Butter.
MAKE GLUTEN FREE: I have successfully made these cookies gluten-free by using Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour.
LOWER CALORIE COOKIES: To improve the nutritional profile, I like to use Splenda Brown Sugar Blend in place of the sugar, to lower the calories and sugar. Using the Splenda blend, leaving out the chocolate chips altogether and using the above mentioned gluten free flour, the nutritional information is as follows: 83 calories, 3.6g fat, 1g sat. fat, 0mg cholesterol, 101.2mg sodium, 11.6g carbs, .4g fiber, 4.4g sugar, .4 protein (I made the cookies a little smaller and was able to get 40 cookies.)
FREEZER OPTION: I like to make these ahead of the holidays and store them in the freezer. After they’ve completely cooled, I just pop them in a large freezer bag and lay it flat in the freezer, for up to one month, possibly longer.