Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even though I work from home, snow days still have that same cozy, hibernation-type feel that they did when I was a kid. On typical days I get up, get showered, get dressed and head to my home office. On snow days I still get up and get showered, but I throw on my comfiest fleece sweatpants and my favorite hoodie sweatshirt, knowing that there’s no chance I’m heading out. All warm and cozy, it’s only a matter of time before I get the urge to head into the kitchen and bake. After all, what’s better than watching the snow fall from underneath your favorite blanket, with a mug of hot chocolate, and a fresh-baked cookie in hand?

These cookies definitely fit the bill when it comes to snow day baking. Chunky and hearty from generous amounts of oats, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips, they are slightly crispy on the outside and then give way to chewy softness inside. They are very reminiscent of the Cranberry-White Chocolate Biscotti that I make, which is a huge hit with everyone in my family.

The original recipe calls for pomegranates instead of dried cranberries, but snow days mean using what you have at home and not being able to go to the store. So, I improvised, but would also love to try these with a pomegranates.

Hope you’re all staying warm and dry if you got snow this week!

Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


1¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.

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

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and the vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the oats, the white chocolate chips and the dried cranberries.

4. Roll dough into balls - about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie - and place on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten the tops slightly with your fingers. Bake until cookies turn slightly golden about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack until completely cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

(Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod)


74 Responses to “Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Katrina on January 17, 2011 at 3:37 am

    These look so good. Oh my!


  2. linda on January 17, 2011 at 6:31 am

    michelle, a question…would you share the brand(s) of white chocolate chips you use…sometimes i think the white chips taste “waxy.” thanks…& this is a great recipe, i like the use of light brown sugar!


    • Michelle on February 15th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Hi Linda, I typically use Ghiradelli chips or Lindt white chocolate bars that I chop myself.


  3. Estela @ Weekly Bite on January 17, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I love the combo of cranberries and white chocolate!

    These look amazing 🙂


  4. Lauren at KeepItSweet on January 17, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Every time it snows ALL I want to do is make cookies. I was so dissapointed I had to go to work this past snow day and couldn’t stay home to bake!


  5. Blog is the New Black on January 17, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I love white chocolate! And I also happen to have a bunch of dried cranberries. Looks amazing!


  6. Sharlene on January 17, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I love the combination of sweet white chocolate and tart cranberries/cherries. I’m sure these taste fantastic!


  7. Cantstopbaking on January 17, 2011 at 10:18 am

    yum, those looks so good! i could use one now with a cup of coffee!


  8. Lisa@ Dishes of Mrs. Fish on January 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Snow day baking is the best type! I have the cranberries. I must get white chocolate chips stat!


  9. Maria on January 17, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Glad you liked the cookies:)


  10. Tracy on January 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

    They look delicious! I wish I could stay home and munch on some of these!


  11. Jenny Flake on January 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Such pretty cookies! Bet they are as good as they look 🙂


  12. Holli Lund on January 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Wow these look good! If I haven’t told you this already I wanted to let you know that I love your food photography…. it’s gorgeous!


  13. Maggie on January 17, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I wish DC got snow this week. Both big east coast snowfalls so far this year have completely bypassed us!

    These cookies look delicious…I actually made cranberry and white chocolate blondies last night!


  14. Christina on January 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I looove white chocolate and cranberries together. I made a similar batch around Christmas time. 🙂


  15. carri on January 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    looks beautiful as always. I have a few good asian inspired recipes I must send you. I’ll try to get on that


  16. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on January 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I think we all (myself included) have leftover cranberries from the holidays, and this is the perfect way to use them! I was going to make white chocolate chip cookies this week anyway, but I’ll have to sneak cranberries in half a batch and try these out. Thanks for sharing, Michelle!


  17. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat on January 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Yum! It is sunny and warm in Texas, but I still want to stay in and make these cookies.


  18. Carol on January 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I love your website! I’m a new viewer & now read it everyday. Could I use fresh cranberries? If so what amount? Love, love, love this website!!!


    • Carol on January 19th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      I made these cookies last night, they turned out so delicious…and to top it off, my cookies look just like your pictures! My husband loved the cookies–even more so than the peanut butter chocolate chip recipe from your website–which are SO GREAT TOO! I ended up using a mixture of dried cranberries & dried cherries and ended up with 18 cookies.


  19. Mary at n00bcakes on January 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Typically I’m not a big fruit-in-dessert person, but after eating so many super-sweet desserts over the holidays and into the new year, I bet a mellower sweetness with fruit and white chocolate would be just the ticket.

    And I second your snow-day sentiments. They count for double when you get snow days in the south! ^_^


  20. Mattie on January 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I can’t believe you’ve got this recipe on here! I’ve been making these for years and hadn’t known anyone else to make them until now. These look great! I may have to try your version and compare notes 🙂

    Thanks for posting! I have tried a few of your other recipes now and I have to say everything has been spectacular so far! I really enjoy cooking and your recipes seem to be right up my alley!


  21. tiersa on January 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    i only have semi sweet chips – would they be ok to use?


    • Michelle on February 15th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      If you like tart fruits like cranberries and cherries with chocolate, definitely go for it!


  22. Sherry on January 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I went looking for cranberries at my local store and they weren’t there! Gasp! I’ll have to try the other market nearby then because I look baking with cranberries and white chocolate is superb with them=)


  23. Alyssa on January 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    We are getting icy rain right now! A cookie sounds great 🙂


  24. Cookin' Canuck on January 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    These sounds like a wonderful cookie for anytime, but sound particularly good with a mug of hot chocolate on a snowy day.


  25. Sandi on January 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    These look so yummy! I have dried cherries on hand, so I think I’ll try them on for size! Thanks!


  26. Nour.. on January 18, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I’ve test this type of cookies before..its my favorite cookies all the time…Very tasty and worth the experience….thx olot


  27. jaclyn@todayslady on January 18, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I love snow days!!!! They are soooo cozy and all I want to do is very cozy clothes and watch movie after movie- and then eat soup…… Now I wish there was snow here! Those cookies look perfect! I love the description: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They sound perfect!


  28. Eliana on January 18, 2011 at 9:53 am

    This is a new favorite of mine and yours look absolutely perfect to me.


  29. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen on January 18, 2011 at 9:56 am

    These look fabulous! 🙂


  30. Evan Thomas on January 18, 2011 at 9:57 am

    The photos here are great! I love the background choice.


  31. Maralyn D Hill on January 18, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Great post. They look delicious.


  32. I look forward to making these because I love white chocolate and got a big bunch of dried cranberries. Thanks too for including the link to the original recipe because I had been wondering for a long time whether pomegranate arils would hold together if baked. Apparently they will. I’ll have to try them too. Your cookies are fantastic and I can’t wait to make them.


  33. Irina@PastryPal on January 18, 2011 at 11:03 am

    If I worked at home, I’d probably be an unkempt mess. The fact that you get up and shower and stay on schedule speaks to your self discipline :). We’ve gotten a ton of snow where I am, and you’re so right, baking is exactly what’s best. I’ve spent a few hours in the kitchen myself :). These cookies look absolutely lovely.


  34. Kate @ on January 18, 2011 at 11:03 am

    White chocolates and cranberries – oh fantastic choices! I could definitely go for a few of these!


  35. Eeva-Maija on January 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Oh, I wish I could stay in every snow say, but then again I’d be indoors for most of winter. In Finland, not even schools have snow days. If we had, munching on these would be a perfect way to spend them!


  36. Tiffany on January 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Fun pictures! I love the combo of cranberry and white chocolate!


  37. Steph@stephsbitebybite on January 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    These are my favorite cookies! There’s something about the tart cranberries and sweet white chocolate that really melts my heart.


  38. Cakewalker on January 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Perfect execution on these cookies. Cranberry and white chocolate really are a dynamic duo… Yum!


  39. Felice on January 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    These look just perfect. Snow is so magical so long as you don’t have to go outside and battle it. I really love your photos, especially the third one with the small trail of crumbs on the side.


  40. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on January 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Lovely! Cranberries and white chocolate chips are such a great pairing… One of my favorites!


  41. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie on January 19, 2011 at 7:49 am

    My mom used to make cookies for me very similiar to these around Christmas time. They are one of my favorites–the cranberries and white chocolate are perfect together!


  42. Steph @ okie dokie artichokie on January 19, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Looks wonderful. I’ve been seeing so many cookies with white chocolate and cranberries/cherries in them lately, it’s got me craving for them baaad. I may have to make a batch this weekend. Hm…


  43. jcmcwill on January 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Mmmmm! Sounds like the “PERFECT” cookie! I do have a quick question for you though. If I wanted to add a little toasted coconut to the recipe to give it a subtle coconut flavor would you adjust any of the other ingredients so it keeps the “chewy” texture or do you think it would be fine if I added say 1/3 cup of toasted coconut?


    • Michelle on February 15th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      I think you could definitely add coconut. Great idea!


  44. Eftychia on January 19, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Yummy, Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!


  45. Becky on January 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I make these cookie, minus white or semisweet chocolate for my son, who doesn’t like white chocolate or semisweet chocolate. I have told him that white chocolate isn’t really chocolate, but he still won’t eat “white chocolate”. anyway, I’m glad to know that I can bake with arils,a and they won’t self destruct!


  46. Peggy on January 20, 2011 at 5:52 am

    I’d love to be stuck with a snow day loaded up on these! Actually, I’m really hoping for a snow day from class today… these cookies may be on the agenda, regardless!


  47. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on January 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Loved reading this recipe the other day…and then today I saw it on the Foodbuzz Top 9 – congrats! 🙂


  48. Rachel on January 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Fresh baked cookies are the best and these look absolutely delicious! – Rachel


  49. Amy on January 22, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I can’t wait to try out these cookies!


  50. Harriette on January 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I made these yesterday and they came out great. I don’t normally like fruit in my cookies, but I couldn’t stop marveling over the combination of white chocolate and cranberry. Thanks for another great recipe!


  51. Cat on January 24, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I don’t usually try recipes from blogs and then comment but I had to do so for these cookies. I made them yesterday and handed a few out to some friends and the concensus is — THEY ARE AWESOME!!! Thank you for posting this cookie recipe. I have added this recipe to my collection.


  52. Abby on January 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Maybe a dumb question….But how do you get such a cute pink background? Is it just paper against the white foam core board you suggested using in your “Food Photography 101: The Basics?” And how is there no edge between where the cookies sit and the background? 🙂 Thanks! These look delicious!


    • Michelle on February 15th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Abby, Not a dumb question! I clip background paper onto a piece of foam board and let it flow down onto the table, which is why there is edge – it’s all the same piece of paper.


  53. Suz on January 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I’ve made these twice now and they are so great! My spoiled kids say they will not eat cookies with fruit in them. I say what fruit, canberries don’t count as a fruit. But I’m not complaining. It just means there are more for me. 🙂


  54. Mskye on February 28, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I am so glad I stumbled across you post…dried cranberriess and white chocolate are one of my favorite additions to oatmeal cookies! To add a little something extra, I always throw a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg into my batter. Yum!


  55. lISA on March 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    You’re recipes are amazing! Thank you for sharing!
    I’ve made a variation of this cookie with some orange zest added to it, try it, it brings a whole new dimension to the cookie!


  56. Aga on June 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    It’s June though spring is nowhere to be found here in Milwaukee….hence, my search for a cozy-up with a blanket and a warm cookie..type recipe. This sounds good. I am trying it right now…hope they turn out. The reviews are encouraging.


  57. Stephanie on October 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    hi — i just made three batches of these. Started with one batch, they were so good, I quickly made two more batches for the large group I’m serving as I felt they’d go so quickly. I enjoyed the batter (pre cooked) so much and would like to know if you think the batter will serve as a great base for a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie or do those cookies usually require a change in ingredient? Thank you! Also, I used the Cook’s Illustrated method of putting cookies on baking tray. Once they cooled, they were very chunky looking but the chips and cranberries seem very prominent as if it needed more batter. Did i need something addition to raise the batter or was this just something with my oven?
    Love your web site so much! Photos are so enticing.
    Thanks, Steph


    • Michelle on October 10th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      I think you could definitely adapt these for an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! I’m not sure which shaping method you used, but it sounds like they spread a bit? Could have been a too-hot oven, too-soft butter or a greased baking sheet. Hope that helps!


  58. Dazzled on December 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Made these for my cookie exchange party. They turned out lovely! Though the batter was maybe even more delicious then the cookies. They were nice and chunky & the craisins were a nice flavor and moistness. thanks for the recipe


  59. Erin @ Texanerin Baking on December 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I made these yesterday for a new mother and she loved them! I used a total of 2/3 cup sugar and that was enough for us. They were really, really delicious! After I baked a few, I added the zest of two oranges to the rest of the dough and that just put them over the top. Thanks for the recipe!


  60. Dara on December 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I was wondering if this recipe would work with fresh cranberries? I have a ton, and I wanted to use them up! These cookies look so tasty. 😀


    • Michelle on December 16th, 2011 at 12:25 am

      Hi Dara, I haven’t tried that, but I think you could. I would use maybe 1/2 as much (they are bigger!) and make sure they are thoroughly dried if you rinse them first.


      • Dara on December 16th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

        I’ll try that! Thank you so much. 🙂


  61. q8jojo on December 16, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I made these yesterday and they were so great. Thank you for the recipe. But I think next time. I’ll used 1/3 cup of each Sugar.


  62. Bridget on January 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Made these for Christmas…my family loved them! Looking at the dough I wasn’t sure the ratio of dough to cranberry/chocolate/oatmeal was enough, but they were perfect! I think these will be required holiday baking for me from now on! Thanks!


  63. PamD on June 9, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I just made these yesterday. I doubled the recipe (exception, used only 1.5 Cups of White Chocolate), because 24 cookies just don’t last long in this house! 🙂 All who tasted proclaimed their glory! 🙂 Even my picky non-oatmeal-cookie-eater! Thanks for a great recipe!


  64. Mia on December 21, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Is it okay if I use quick oatmeal instead of the old fashioned? Many thanks & happy holidays.


    • Michelle on December 21st, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Hi Mia, The quick is a little too finely cut for this recipe, you’ll need to use the old fashioned oats.


  65. Candie on September 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I made these for a cookie exchange last year and they were a BIG hit. I have already started buying dried cranberries and white chocolate for this coming Christmas. I usually add pecans to mine because I love nuts in my cookies.


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