These White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are the best Christmas cookies ever! This easy recipe yields soft, chewy, flavorful cookies that are so pretty; studded with white chocolate chips and sweet dried red cranberries. A must have for any holiday celebration!

white chocolate cranberry Christmas cookies near Christmas ribbon

White Chocolate Cranberry 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 White Chocolate Cranberry 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.

Kris Kringle Christmas Cookies with white chocolate chips and cranberries

Ingredients In White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

The cookie dough is made from standard ingredients: flour, leavener, salt, sugar, butter, egg, & vanilla. It’s the ratios and small details of those ingredients that make this recipe stand out from the rest.

  • Cool Butter. When butter is too warm, it is too soft. When butter is too soft, your cookies will spread all over the baking sheets. Room temperature butter is actually cool to touch, not warm. When you press it, your finger will make an indent. Your finger won’t sink down into the butter, nor will your finger slide all around.
  • Dark Brown Sugar. These cookies use a mix of dark brown sugar and white granulated sugar. I prefer more brown sugar than white granulated sugar because the moisture in brown sugar promises an extra soft and chewy baked cookie. White granulated sugar is still necessary though. It’s dry and helps the cookies spread. A little bit of spread is a good thing. Dark brown sugar will also give the cookies a more chewy, less crispy texture.
  • Egg + Egg Yolk. Another way to promise a super chewy cookie is to use an extra egg yolk. The extra egg yolk adds richness, soft tenderness, and binds the dough. You will need 1 egg and 1 egg yolk.
  • Vanilla. A must for flavor.
  • Flour, Cornstarch, Baking Soda & Salt. Be sure to measure flour correctly. Use the spoon and level method or simply weigh the flour on food scales. The addition of cornstarch helps to keep the cookies ultra soft and makes them nice and thick.
  • White Chocolate + Dried Cranberries. The most amazing flavor combo! I like to add a few extras to the tops of my cookies, before baking, for an extra special presentation.
cookie batter that has white chocolate chips and dried cranberries in a white mixing bowl

How Do You Make White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies?

  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

Tips For Perfect Cookies Every Time

  • Chill the dough. This may or may not be necessary for this cookie recipe. If you feel that your butter is too soft or the cookie dough does not feel cool to the touch, I recommend chilling the dough for about 30 minutes. It will help you avoid flat cookies. Chill time also gives a chance for the flavors and textures to meld together and intensify.

To Make Ahead

Like most cookie doughs, this dough can be frozen and baked at a later date. Simply scoop onto a parchment lined pan and freeze until solid. Once frozen, remove from the cookie sheet and place in a freezer bag. You can also freeze the cookie dough in individual cookie dough balls.

To Bake Frozen Cookies: Defrost for an hour or two in the fridge and bake as directed. If the dough is very cold, you may need to add a minute or two of cook time.

Christmas cookies stacked up near ribbon and lights

In my opinion, no holiday celebration is complete without white chocolate cranberry cookies! You won’t believe how good they taste and you’ll get tons of compliments. I’ve been told time and time again that this is someone’s new favorite cookie!

Looking For Other Scrumptious Holiday Cookie Recipes?

Easy Cut-out Sugar Cookies

Best Snickerdoodles

Grandma’s Special K Cookies (no-bake)

Old Fashioned Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

If you try these white chocolate cranberry 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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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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