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Almond Cookies with Cranberries & White Chocolate

Almond Cookies with Cranberries & White Chocolate

Christmas is right around the corner and I haven’t stopped baking yet. I am having way too much fun in the kitchen. I love this time of year and the sugar rush keeps me going:) Almond cookies with dried cranberries and white chocolate are my latest cookie creation. All of the flavors in this cookie come together to create the perfect Christmas cookie.

If you love almond flavored treats, you will fall in love with these cookies. The almond paste and almond extract give these cookies a nice almond flavor. The almond paste also keeps the cookies soft and chewy. I stirred in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips to add sweetness and holiday cheer.

If you are looking for one more cookie to add to your holiday cookie platter, try almond cookies with dried cranberries and white chocolate.

A few of my other favorite holiday cookies include:

Soft Gingersnaps with White Chocolate Chunks
Rolo Cookies
Lime Coconut Snowballs
World Peace Cookies
Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ok, I better stop there. I have too many favorites. If you are looking for additional cookie recipes, check out all of our cookie recipes. There are a lot of good ones:)

Almond Cookies with Cranberries & White Chocolate

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes


2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 ounces almond paste
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup dried cranberries
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Add the almond paste in pieces and mix until well combined. Add in eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix until smooth.

4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet with a medium cookie scoop. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are golden brown around the outside. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

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46 Responses to “Almond Cookies with Cranberries & White Chocolate”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet — December 22, 2010 @ 3:57 am

    These sound fabulous. I only have dried cherries on hand and am thinking I would like them with those too!

  2. Rosa — December 22, 2010 @ 4:10 am

    Divine! Surely very addictive too.



  3. Liz @ Blog is the New Black — December 22, 2010 @ 5:44 am

    These are beautiful and festive. Saving this one! :)

  4. Heather (heather's dish) — December 22, 2010 @ 6:29 am

    i can see myself waking up to an empty plate of these and pretending i don’t know what happened… :)

  5. These look amazing! White chocolate and cranberries are such a rock star combo.

  6. marla {family fresh cooking} — December 22, 2010 @ 6:51 am

    Lovely Christmas cookies – nice with the almond paste. I must get some of that asap. Happy Holidays my friend :) XO

  7. Kristen — December 22, 2010 @ 7:05 am

    Another hit, Maria!!

  8. Marly — December 22, 2010 @ 7:44 am

    What a great recipe. I love the combination of almonds and cranberries. Hmm, a trip to the store might be warranted to make these cookies!

  9. Shaina — December 22, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    Yum. Love the white chocolate and cranberry pairing.

  10. Sharlene — December 22, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    Almond cookies are my favorite! I love the addition of the tart cranberries and sweet white chocolate. Surely a winner.

  11. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 22, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    Another amazing cookie! I love white chocolate and cranberries.

  12. Pam — December 22, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    I love this combination of flavors.

  13. Roz — December 22, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    OOOH….I thought I was done baking, but I may have to try these! :) Thanks for posting the recipe and photo! Yum!

  14. redmenace — December 22, 2010 @ 10:21 am

    Your latest combination is absolutely wonderful. I love it. Baking is such a wonderful thing this time of year. So enjoyable. Happy Holidays!

  15. Amanda — December 22, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    Some of my favorite flavors… and they are just beautiful!

  16. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — December 22, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

    These are all of my favorite ingredients. I must try these. Happy holidays to you!

  17. Angie — December 22, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    These look so good, never though of cranberries in a cookie!

  18. Ben — December 22, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    Isn’t this the best time of the year for the baker inside us? Lovely recipes. Happy Holidays!

  19. Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! — December 22, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

    These sound so good!!! I love the combo of almond and cranberry! Merry Christmas! :)

  20. Chris — December 22, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

    I am all about white chocolate and cranberries :) These can be the siblings to the Starbuck’s Bliss bars I made. lol Can’t wait to see you in May!

    • twopeas replied: — December 23rd, 2010 @ 8:01 am

      Merry Christmas! And yes, I am planning on coming to Atlanta:) I can’t wait!

  21. Joanne — December 22, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

    Mmm I think I’m going to have some almond paste left over from a cookie that I made today! I will definitely be trying these!

  22. Amanda R — December 22, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

    They sound delicious! I love the white chocolate and dried cranberry combination.

  23. leslie — December 22, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    I would have fun in that kitchen of yours as well. And that nice big dreamy oven! Love the cookies

  24. Tracey — December 22, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

    This combination of flavors sounds really wonderful Maria! I’ve never used almond paste, but it’s one of those things I keep meaning to use in my kitchen.

  25. HoneyB — December 23, 2010 @ 3:46 am

    This cookie would be a winner with both Grumpy and me! He is a huge white chocolate/cranberry/raspberry fan!

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  27. Lori — December 23, 2010 @ 6:01 am

    It think I’ve finally hit my baking limit, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not enjoying these. Yum! Who knows you may inspire me to get a second wind in the kitchen. :)

  28. Sanjeeta kk — December 23, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    What wonderful texture for these cute cookies. Like the combo of almonds and cranberries with white chocolate. Should try it soon. Merry Christmas to you and your family. best wishes.

  29. Donna — December 23, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    These cookies just scream “Happy Holidays” to me! Thanks, Maria!

  30. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — December 23, 2010 @ 9:01 am

    I LOVE almond flavored desserts and I especially love almond cookies. And the combination of dried cranberries and white chocolate is one of my favorite combos ever! There’s nothing quite like it, it’s soooo good. Your cookies are just gorgeous too! :)

  31. Cherine — December 23, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    Cranberries and white chocolate, a great combo!
    Your cookies look absolutely divine!
    Merry Christmas :)

  32. Mary — December 23, 2010 @ 9:49 am

    These look wonderfully delicious, Maria. have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  33. naomi — December 23, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    Love this cookie. They look and sound delicious! Perfect for the holidays.

  34. Connie — December 23, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    i love all your cookie recipes! i recently made your andes mint chip cookies SO GOOD.

  35. Monica H — December 24, 2010 @ 12:14 am

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas in your newly remodeled home Maria.

    Blessings to you,

  36. Kita — December 24, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    Im a total slacker this year and these cookies reminded me of that. I normally do a cranberry cookie because I love cranberries…. not yet. But there’s still time, right?! These look delicious!

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