White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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Quick Summary

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are a festive, tasty treat perfect for any holiday table or cookie exchange! The tart cranberries and sweet white chocolate create the perfect cookie!

white chocolate cranberry cookies

I am an absolute cookie fanatic (which is totally evident if you’ve ever checked out the cookie section here on the blog!). I have LOTS of cookies to choose from and can never pick a favorite, but during the holiday months, these White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are up there.

I used a classic cookie base before adding in white chocolate chips and dried cranberries to create a treat that everyone is sure to swoon over! Cranberries are naturally pretty tart, so I love pairing them with the sweetness of the white chocolate and buttery cookie. It’s the perfect balance!

This has quickly become a holiday favorite because the cranberries make the cookies look so festive and merry…and of course, they taste amazing, too!

stack of white chocolate cranberry cookies

Dried Cranberries

You can use sweetened or unsweetened dried cranberries. I usually use unsweetened because that is what I buy for the boys to snack on, they love them:) Don’t use fresh cranberries for this cookie recipe, save those for my cranberry orange bread🙂

If you cranberries feel exceptionally dry, you can soak them in warm water for 5 minutes to revive them a bit. Drain and pat them dry with paper towels before mixing them into your cookie dough.

How to Make White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Here are a few tips for making perfect cookies!

  • Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.
  • Make sure your butter is at room temperature and not too soft. If it is too soft, your cookies will spread and be greasy.
  • Cream the butter and sugars together until smooth and fluffy, this will take a minute or two. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary.
  • Use pure vanilla extract. The vanilla flavor really shines through in these cookies so use the good stuff!
  • Stir in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Sneak a bite of the dough, it’s so good:)
  • This is a soft and chewy cookie recipe with just a little crisp around the edges! If you prefer a more firm cookie you can add a minute or two to the baking time, but I personally like them soft and chewy in the middle. SO good!
  • When the cookies come out of the oven, sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt. Optional, but always a good idea.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

How to Store

Store your baked cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days. These cookies also freeze well! Put them in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to three months.

If you want to freeze the cookie dough, you certainly can. Roll into balls, freeze for 30 minutes on a tray, and then transfer to a freezer container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are a festive, tasty treat perfect for any holiday table or cookie exchange! The tart cranberries and sweet white chocolate create the perfect cookie!
4.28 from 18 votes



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until creamy and smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. This will take 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • With the mixer off, add all of the dry ingredients. Turn the mixer on low and mix until just combined. Don’t over mix. Stir in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
  • Form the cookie dough into balls, about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie. Place on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown. Check early to make sure you don’t over bake, every oven is different. Remove from oven and sprinkle the cookies with flaky sea salt. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.


Pro tip-if your cranberries are not very plump and slightly dry, soak them in warm water for 5 minutes. Drain and dry well with paper towels.


Calories: 203kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 127mg, Potassium: 61mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 207IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 1mg
Keywords Christmas, holiday

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Merry Christmas
    Everyone I made these cookies and they are awesome !
    Everyone just loves them
    And wanted the recipe and I was happy to share the cookies and the recipe

  2. 5 stars
    These are a new family favorite! My husband took one bite and said, “You can definitely add these to the make again list.”

  3. 5 stars
    These cookies are perfection, thank you for this great recipe! I am baking the last of my first (won’t be the last) batch. I added about 1/3 cup shredded coconut to the dough because I love the extra chewiness it adds to cookies. YUM! Merry Christmas!

  4. 5 stars
    I made these for Christmas gifts today. Super easy and so yummy. I had to taste test! Will be trying more of your recipes. Thank you

  5. 1 star
    I followed the recipe but cookies came out tasting like very thick cake. Very disappointed. I won’t try this recipe again.

  6. 5 stars
    Yum! These are wonderful! I got 40 cookies from the batch so I had to freeze some but that doesn’t hurt my feelings one bit. Amazing homemade cookies at the ready? Yes, please! Thank you for SO many terrific recipes … I use your recipes frequently and appreciate you very much!

  7. 5 stars
    I made these and love them! I’m making a couple more of your cookie recipes for Christmas too. I have a question. You say you can freeze but I’m having trouble finding if you have directions on defrosting them. I’m so nervous to ruin them. Would you mind just letting me know what you do? Leave them out on counter? Put them in fridge? Thanks I’m advance for your help!!!

    1. You can just let them thaw on the counter. It shouldn’t take very long. Glad you love the recipe!