White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Looking for an easy and delicious cookie recipe? Look no further! These White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are soft, chewy, and full of flavor. Plus, they’re made with pecans for an extra crunch.

white chocolate cranberry cookies on parchment paper and a wire rack.

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What Makes Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies the Perfect Sweet Treat 

Typical chocolate chip cookies are delicious, but there is something special about white chocolate chip cookies. Add dried cranberries and chopped pecans, and you wind up with a truly festive treat.

The tart cranberries pair wonderfully with the sweet white chocolate and the nutty flavor of the pecans. The slightly crispy edges and pecan pieces contrast perfectly with the cookie’s soft interior for the ideal texture.  

Why You Should Try These Cookies for Your Holiday Baking 

This recipe has become a favorite of many families over the years and the star at numerous cookie exchanges. They are easy to make and freeze beautifully, so you will want to make two or three batches and keep them around for seasonal visitors.

Ingredients For Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

To make these cookies, you’ll need:

  • Butter, unsalted room temperature
  • Dark brown sugar
  • White sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • AP flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Dried sweetened cranberries
  • White chocolate chips
  • Pecans, coarsely chopped

The white sugar gives these cookies just the right amount of crunch, and the dark brown sugar provides a faint hint of molasses and reacts with the baking soda to produce puffier cookies with a chewy texture.

Instead of using white chocolate chips, you can roughly chop your favorite white chocolate bar and use that.

white chocolate cranberry cookies ingredients on a tray.

How to Make White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  2. Take the butter out of the fridge and allow it to soften.
  3. Sift the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Set aside the dry ingredients for later. 
  4. Put the softened butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Start creaming the butter on low speed with the paddle attachment. If you have the paddle attachment with a built-in scraper, use that one. Otherwise, you will have to occasionally stop the mixer to scrape down the sides.
  5. Slowly ramp up the mixer speed to medium.
  6. When the butter becomes fluffy and slightly lighter in color, add the white and dark brown sugars to the bowl. 
  7. Mix on medium until the sugars are fully incorporated. 
creamed butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  1. While the mixer is going, carefully add vanilla and the eggs one at a time.
adding egg to creamed butter and sugar.
  1. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture to the bowl of the stand mixer in three stages. 
  2. Fold in the white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and chopped pecans.
adding cranberries to cookie dough.
  1. Scrape down the sides of the stand mixer bowl and the paddle. 
  2. At this point, you have the option of covering the cookie dough and chilling it. If you have the time, letting the dough hang out in the fridge for an hour or so is highly recommended to prevent the cookies from spreading too much in the oven.
  3. Use a medium cookie scoop (about two tablespoons) to portion the cookie dough. Gently roll into balls using your hands. 
  4. Place the dough balls on top of a silicone mat or parchment paper-lined baking tray. Leave about three inches of space between the balls.
white chocolate cranberry cookie dough balls on a baking sheet.
  1. Bake the cookies for about 11 minutes. You should notice the edges getting a little brown, but the cookies will still look soft. Don’t overbake the cookies. 
  2. Transfer the cookies onto a wire rack to cool. While the cookies are still warm, you can add additional cranberries, chopped pecans, and white chocolate chips if you want. 
white chocolate cranberry cookies on a wire rack.

Recipe Variations

It’s easy to make some simple changes to these cookies. Here are some ideas:

  • Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cookies – substitute the white chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips.
  • White Chocolate Cherry Cookies – substitute the dried cranberries with dried cherries.
  • White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies – substitute the pecans with macadamia nuts.
  • White Chocolate Walnut Cookies – substitute the pecans with walnuts.

What To Serve With This White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie Recipe

Cookies and milk is a classic for a reason, it is darn delicious, but there are other options.

  • A quality black tea with a touch of milk is always a good cookie pairing.
  • A white chocolate mocha would be a great coffee drink to enjoy with them.
  • Wine lovers will appreciate a glass of dry riesling or oaky chardonnay alongside the cookies. 

How To Store Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

Oxygen is the enemy of cookies. Keeping the cookies in a sealed container on the counter is best if you plan to eat them within a few days. Otherwise, try freezing. See the instructions below for more details on how to freeze them.  

Either way, you need to ensure the cookies have cooled entirely on a rack, like this three-tier space-saving cookie rack, before storing them to prevent them from getting soggy.

How Long Do They Last? 

White Chocolate Cranberry Stored properly, cookies will last up to five days on the counter or up to three months in the freezer. 

Freezing Instructions For Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can freeze unbaked, pre-portioned cookie dough balls in a freezer-safe container for up to three months. Place a sheet of waxed paper between each layer to prevent the dough from sticking. Let the dough thaw in the fridge before baking as above. 

Freeze baked cookies for up to three months in an airtight container with a sheet of waxed paper between each layer. 

Best Homemade Cookies for Gifts

These cookies can be packed and mailed. They are a hearty cookie, so they are perfect to ship to family and friends.

white chocolate cranberry cookies stacked and on a wire rack.

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white chocolate cranberry cookies on parchment paper and a wire rack.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

These cookies are perfect for the holidays. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 126kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Beat the butter until fluffy. Add both of the sugars until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, then vanilla. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until well blended. Using a large spatula or spoon mix in the dried sweetened cranberries, white chocolate chips, and chopped pecans. 
  • Drop cookies by a cookie scoop onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Space the cookies out about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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