White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Cookies are one of my absolute favorite things to make during the holidays.  They are perfect for gifting, for serving when you have unexpected visitors or when you just want a little something sweet after a long day of holiday shopping.   These sweet and tart cookies are a favorite with my family and friends.

Yield: 24 cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

prep time: 15 mins cook time: 1 hour total time: 1 hour and 15 mins


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 package (12 ounces) white chocolate chips, reserve 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350℉.  
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.  Beat at medium speed until well mixed.  Scrape sides of the bowl often.
  3. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda.  Mix on low speed until well mixed.  Stir in the chocolate chips, cranberries, and pecans.
  4. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls (2 tablespoons approximately--I use this scoop) on prepared cookie sheets, leaving at least 2 inches between each cookie.
  5. Bake 14-15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Once the cookies are cooled completely, place the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on half power (level 5) for 1 -2 minutes until completely melted, stirring every 30 seconds.  Drizzle melted chocolate over the cooled cookies.




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