White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Recipe

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Here’s a recipe for some delicious White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies that are perfect for the holidays.

Christmas is coming, which means it’s time for baking, so bake up a batch of these cookies to fill up the cookie jar or to give out as festive gifts!

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

White chocolate cranberry cookies are one of my seasonal favorites.

I made white chocolate & cranberry cookies for my sister’s wedding and shared the recipe on my blog way back in 2012!

The recipe here is an elevated version, with the addition of chopped pecans and walnuts – and they’re SO good!

Baking cookies for the holidays – either to fill the cookie jar, to gift, or for a cookie exchange – is so much fun!

And this recipe for white chocolate and cranberry cookies, with its seasonal ingredients is perfect for this time of year.

This is just one of the lots of cookie recipes that I’ve shared over the years, so if you need to bake more cookies, take a look at those next!

How To Make White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

Staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., aren’t always included here as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen.

The complete list of ALL ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card at the end of this post.

Ingredients For White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Helpful Kitchen Tools For This Recipe

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies (Christmas Cookie Idea)

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One of the hero ingredients in this dish is white chocolate, so here are some more recipes using the same:

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How To Freeze White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

You can freeze both cookie dough and baked cookies. It’s very easy to do.

  • Storing Leftovers:
    • Bake and cool the cookies completely. Transfer to an airtight container, and store at room temperature for up to 7 days.
  • Freezing Instructions:
    • Make and roll the cookie dough into individual dough balls. (Up to step 7 in the recipe card.)
    • Place the cookie dough balls onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and place them on a flat surface in the freezer for 1 hour to flash-freeze them.
    • Transfer the dough balls to a freezer-safe food bag or container and place them back in the freezer till ready to use.
    • To freeze the baked cookies, allow them to cool completely before flash freezing and transferring them as above.
    • Label with the name of the cookie, thawing/reheating instructions, and the date to keep track of your food storage.
    • The cookie dough and baked cookies will last in the freezer for up to 3-6 months.
    • To bake the cookie dough, remove the dough balls from the freezer, preheat the oven according to instructions, and bake for 2-3 extra minutes as cooking from frozen.
    • Thaw the baked cookies overnight in the fridge or cover them (with a cloth or paper towel) at room temperature.
  • The USDA says “homemade cookies can be stored at room temperature for two to three weeks or two months in the refrigerator. Cookies retain their quality when stored in the freezer for eight to 12 months.” This may depend on the type of cookie you make, so as always, with all leftovers, make sure the food looks and smells okay before consuming.
  • You can freeze most cookie dough very easily, but delicate cookies like macarons do not freeze well.

How Do I Make White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies?

The printable recipe card below has the full ingredients list and instructions. Any demonstration photos on the card do not print out to save ink.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Recipe

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies (With Walnuts & Pecans)

Yield: 32
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Here's a recipe for some delicious White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies that are perfect for the holidays!


For the Cookies

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour (plain flour)
  • ¾ tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

For Garnish

  • Chopped pecans and walnuts.
  • White chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F/170°C/Gas 3. Line two baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper. Set them aside.
  2. Whisk or sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Set it aside.
  3. Using a paddle attachment on an electric mixer, mix the brown sugar, white sugar, and cooled melted butter for one minute.
  4. Continue beating the mixture for one minute while adding the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. On a low speed, mix in the flour mixture until just combined.
  6. Fold the cranberries, pecans, walnuts, and white chocolate chips into the dough using a spatula.
  7. Use an ice cream scoop to form dough balls and place them onto the prepared baking sheets about 2"/5cm apart.
  8. Place in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, turning the pan halfway through baking time.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and press extra nuts and chocolate chips into the warm cookies.
  10. Leave the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

    White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Recipe
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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