White chocolate cranberry cookies are soft, chewy, and packed full of Christmas flavor. Fancy up your Christmas-y cookie boxes with these deliciously easy and more traditional holiday cookie!
So get your measuring spoons ready and let’s get baked with these delicious cookies! Ready? Set. Let’s go….
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Is Christmas Cancelled?
‘Tis the season for some soft and amazing white chocolate cranberry cookies! Whip up a batch of these holiday treats effortlessly and sink your teeth into the flavors of Christmas and pure joy!
Christmas looks much different this year for many of us. This was supposed to be my first year hosting the family dinner but because of everything happening literally everyone cancelled.
(And I ain’t even mad about it…I don’t like a bunch of people in my space. Fellow introverts, you get it, right)?
However, nothing will ever stop my determination to bake too many and never waste a single Christmas cookie. Which means my neighbors are getting a lot of surprise boxes left at their doors.
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
These white chocolate cranberries are a new addition to my cookie boxes this year.
I signed up to do an Instagram cranberry holiday collaboration with a bunch of fellow bakers (you can check that out here if you want to) and was planning on doing a super fancy cranberry orange bundt cake but when it came down to the actual baking….my lazy side shone through.
So instead we threw out the bundt cake plan and created these tasty cookies. And let me tell you something, it was the right choice.
These cookies are soft, flavorful, buttery, and sweet. Essentially they are perfect. Plus you pair that with the fact that they’re also super easy to make and even easier to stuff into cookie boxes, can you even think of more reasons to love them?!
Yes, I can.
Cranberries are also super good for you. They’re packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, and for us ladies help prevent UTIs.
So essentially we’re making health food today if you don’t count the butter, sugar, and all the chocolate. Just focus on the healthy-ness of the cranberries.
Let’s Bake Some Soft White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
But wait before we get too far into it, here’s some related Christmas cookie recipes that you’ve got to try!
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie
Soft and Chewy Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Okay, now that that’s covered…let’s goooo!
Materials for your White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Silicone Baking Mats
You will never not hear me recommend these for cookie baking. I’m #obsessed and you should be too. Even if you’re not a huge baker, these are great your oven dinners too!
*See why this is so crucial down in Tip #3*
Quality White Chocolate Chips
No body wants crappy white chocolate in a cookie. I like to use Ghirardelli white chocolate chips because they taste good without being tooooo expensive.
I normally buy these from Amazon because they end up being a lot cheaper than in the grocery store where I live. So if that’s the case for you too, get yours here and thank me later for saving you all that monay.
*Please Note that I use the cranberries with 50% less sugar because these cookies are already sweet…*
Tips + Tricks for Perfection
While these cookies require no chill time, you might want to consider it if you have the time.
Not only does it really bring out the flavors but also helps keep the cookies softer for longer. (So if your making these to ship or just want them to last a week for you to have “portion control” chilling is your friend).
Just allow them to warm up on the counter for 10-20 minutes before baking.
The pinch of cinnamon really helps the cardamom flavor come through without being overpowering.
And if you’re ever unsure of how much a pinch is, you can measure out 1/8 of a teaspoon.
Sometimes I like to put orange extract into these cookies because cranberry orange is also an amazing flavor. This is of course optional but worth it for that subtle citrus flavor.
Simply sub out the vanilla for orange extract….or add equal parts vanilla and orange extract.
It’s important to make sure that your oven is set to the right temperature. Since many of our ovens can become un-calibrated, your oven might be off in temperature up to 50 degrees!
We want these cookies to bake at 325F/165C not hotter, not cooler. 325 is the perfect sweet spot.
So if these are coming out crunchier, darker, or wayyy too light and doughy, temperature might be to blame. Get yourself an oven thermometer to quickly fix this problem. (Seriously, they’re less than $10 and save you all kinds of baking headaches).
If you want to make these ahead of time to make Christmas baking easier and faster, simply roll your dough into balls, place into one of these eco-friendly compostable sealable bags and stick them in the freezer.
They’ll be perfect for about 3 months. When you’re ready to bake them, let them sit on your counter while the oven preheats and bake as usual.
Soft White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
- ¾ cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 2½ cups flour 300g
- 2 tsp corn starch
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp cardamom
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- ½ cup dried cranberries reduced sugar
- pinch of cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 325°F/165°C and line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats.
- In a large mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer to cream together your butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes), scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed.
- Beat in your egg, and vanilla extract until just combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixing until just combined. Fold in your chocolate and dried cranberries.
- Use a 1.5 tbsp cookie scoop to scoop your dough onto your baking sheets, leaving an inch between each. Bake for 10-12 minutes until your edges are just starting to turn golden brown. The cookies may not look done, but residual heat will continue to bake these. DO NOT overbake.
- Press more white chocolate chips and dried cranberries on top of the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven for a more aesthetic looking cookie. Then enjoy! Store any extras in an air tight container!
Trust me when I say that these will probably be your new favorite classic cookie. They’re soft, chewy, and full of holiday cheer! The only thing that you’ll regret from these is the tighter waistband.
So once you’ve made some these always soft and chewy white chocolate cranberry cookies, make sure you take a picture, post it on Instagram, and make sure to tag me (@handheld_eats)! I love seeing you creations and really, if you don’t post it on Instagram, did it even happen?
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See you soon, friends!
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