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!

white chocolate cranberry Christmas cookies near Christmas ribbon

This recipe was originally published on 12/1/15. It was updated with new content on 12/9/19.

Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies – Our Favorites!

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.

An Update To These Family Favorite Cookies:

Just by browsing through the comments of this post, you’ll see that this Christmas cookie is totally adored. This is no surprise to me! I have LOVED this cookie recipe for many years. However, the last few times I’ve baked these cookies, they have spread, turned out flat and didn’t yield the results I remembered in the past.

I decided to do some cookie research and lots of cookie baking. It’s a hard life! 🙂 Here’s a rundown of what worked to make these cookies not just delicious, but absolutely irresistible. At the end of the post, you’ll find both recipes. I know lots of you really enjoy the original, so I’m leaving it here. I have added a note about chilling the dough. My previous problems with these cookies could have been that my dough or butter was too warm. Give the updated version a try and let me know which one you like best. 🙂

Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies with white chocolate chips and cranberries

Ingredients For The Perfect Kris Kringle Cookies

This is a basic cookie recipe with the classic ingredients including butter, sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla. The one thing these cookies don’t contain is baking powder, because baking powder will make the cookies spread too much. I added just a bit of cornstarch to the recipe to make these cookies super soft and chewy. The cornstarch also helps with the spreading issue.

My original Kris Kringle cookie recipe calls for 2 eggs, but my new and improved recipe uses 1 egg and 1 yolk. This keeps the liquid content down, but still produces a lovely rich flavor.

I have found that white granulated sugar causes more spreading of cookies than brown sugar. Using more dark brown sugar and a small amount of white sugar makes these cookies perfectly chewy and less likely to become crispy. Light brown sugar will work fine, but doesn’t have the same depth of flavor that the dark brown sugar has.

Now let’s talk butter. It is important that the butter is not too warm or soft. Really soft butter will definitely make your cookies spread too much. You butter should be cool to the touch, not warm.

Don’t forget the white chocolate morsels or the dried cranberries! The combination here is quite wonderful! You can even add in 1/2 – 3/4 cup chopped pecans.

cookie batter that has white chocolate chips and dried cranberries in a white mixing bowl

How To Make Perfect White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

The instructions below are for my updated cookie recipe. If you’ve had success with the old recipe, you don’t need to change a thing!

    1. Start by heating the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet/baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
    2. Beat butter and sugars together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
    3. Blend in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of bowl as needed. Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in white chocolate and cranberries.
    4. Drop rounded spoonfuls (about 2 tablespoons) of dough, 1-1/2 inches apart, onto baking sheets. Add a few white chocolate morsels and cranberries to the tops of the cookies for a prettier cookie.
    5. Bake for about 9-12 minutes. Your perfect Christmas cookies will bake up light golden brown around the edges, but still soft in the middle. Cool on baking sheets for about 1 minute and remove to wire racks to cool completely.
balls of cookie dough on a cookie sheet

Can You Freeze Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies?

Kris Kringles are the perfect homemade gift for friends and family. Everyone loves these cookies 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.

How Do You Bake Perfect Cookies?

Line the baking sheet with parchment paper/baking sheets or a silicone baking mat. Either one of these will help the cookies to bake evenly, so I have a perfect batch every time.

Spraying your cookie sheet with nonstick spray causes too much grease, which may cause the cookies to spread. A silicone baking mat is great because it will grip onto the bottom of the cookie dough, and prevent the cookies from spreading too much. These mats also promote even browning.

Allow baking sheets to cool after each batch. Placing cookie dough balls onto a hot baking sheet is most likely going to cause these cookies to spread too much. Always use room temperature baking sheets.

Measure flour correctly. Baking is a science and if you don’t have just the right amount of ingredients you probably won’t have the perfect cookie. Either spoon and level the flour or weigh the flour on food scales.

Christmas cookies stacked up near ribbon and lights

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!

If you try these Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies, let me know! Leave a comment and if your family loves them as much as mine does, be sure to give it a five star ⭐️ rating! Also, tag @kimscravings on Instagram with a picture of your creation. It’s so fun to see what you’re cooking! Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to receive more healthy delicious recipes straight to your inbox.

white chocolate cranberry cookies on a white counter and one with a bite taken out

 

white chocolate cranberry Christmas cookies near Christmas ribbon
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3.9 from 99 votes
Nutrition Facts
Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.4g11%
Saturated Fat 4.5g28%
Cholesterol 24.6mg8%
Sodium 76mg3%
Carbohydrates 17.7g6%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 11.4g13%
Protein 1.6g3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:37 cookies
Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
9 mins
Total Time:
24 mins
 

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.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened but still cool to the touch
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet/baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in white chocolate and cranberries. If dough does not feel cool to the touch, chill for 30 minutes or longer before baking. This will prevent spreading.

  4. 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.

  5. Bake for about 9-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for about 1 minute and remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

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.

Author: Kim Lee
Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best christmas cookies, kris kringle cookies, large batch christmas cookies

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See the updated version of this recipe below.

white chocolate cranberry Christmas cookies near Christmas ribbon
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5 from 9 votes
Nutrition Facts
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 133mg6%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:28 cookies
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
 

Rich and buttery White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are dressed for the holidays with creamy white chocolate chips and sweet dried red cranberries. Seriously, the BEST Christmas cookies!

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (light brown will work)
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate morsels + more to add to the tops of the cookies before baking
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries + more to add to the tops of the cookies before baking
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet/baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Blend in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of bowl as needed. Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in white chocolate and cranberries.

  4. Drop rounded spoonfuls (about 2 tablespoons) of dough, 1-1/2 inches apart, onto baking sheets. Add a few white chocolate morsels and cranberries to the tops of the cookies for a prettier cookie.
  5. Bake for about 9-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for about 1 minute and remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

My dough felt cool to the touch and did not need to be chilled in the fridge. However, if the dough feels somewhat warm and it's warm in your home, you may need to chill dough for about an hour to keep these cookies from spreading while baking.

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim
Course: cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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