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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
These cookies have a secret ingredient: white chocolate. You might be thinking that there is nothing particularly secretive about it, because this ingredient is also listed in the name of the cookies – but you would be wrong. The reason that white chocolate is a secret ingredient in these cookies is because it is incorporated twice. Not only are there white chocolate chips in the cookies themselves, but there is white chocolate melted right into the cookie dough.

Good quality white chocolate should have a creamy texture and the flavors of both cream and vanilla. When you add it to the cookie dough, these flavors are really brought out in the finished cookie. The chocolate also contributes to a nicely chewy texture at the centers of the cookies made with this particular recipe.

These cookies are crisp on the edges, chewy in the center and irresistible when they are fresh from the oven. They will spread a bit, but this enhances the contrast between the edges and the center of the cookie. They are not too sweet and have a great vanilla flavor to them, which makes a great backdrop to the tangy dried cranberries that are also mixed in.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 oz white chocolate, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in egg, followed by melted white chocolate and vanilla extract. Gradually incorporate the flour mixture, mixing until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between each cookie to allow for spread.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies turn lightly golden around the edges. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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  • michelle
    December 8, 2010

    Oh my goodness! I can’t wait to try these! I LOVE white chocolate. FYI: The majority of my food blog dreamingofwhitechocolate.com is all about that good stuff!

  • Cheryl
    December 8, 2010

    Amazing! Of course, I am craving white chocolate so bad I can smell it!

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black
    December 8, 2010

    Looks wonderful!

  • Karyn
    December 8, 2010

    I had all of the ingredients and made these tonight. They are delicious! Thanks for another great recipe!

  • LimeCake
    December 9, 2010

    I love this combination so much that I can’t make them without the other now. Has to have both white chocolate and cranberry together, or nothing at all. 🙂

  • Lauren
    December 9, 2010

    White chocolate x 2? I’m in :). These cookies sound incredible!

  • Kathy
    December 9, 2010

    I don’t bake with white chocolate that often, but these cookies look amazing.

  • Cindi
    December 9, 2010

    These sound great. I’m going to try them. We had some cookies recently where they used fresh chopped cranberries. I’ve been wanting to do that and this seems like a likely cookie for it!

  • anastasia
    December 10, 2010

    Thank you for a wonderful recipy! Made those last night, they are amazing!! Soft and chewy

  • Heidi @ Miele Ovens.net
    December 10, 2010

    I’m not the biggest fan of white choocolate, but the combination of white chocolate and cranberries is surprisingly delicious. I made these last night and my kids couldn’t keep their hands out of the cookie jar. Enough to make dad chase after them!

  • Ryan
    January 18, 2011

    I’ve made these twice now and they are absolutely delicious!

  • Brittany
    October 19, 2011

    I just tried these for the first time. The are AMAZING. I added a little extra cranberry, though, to counter the sweetness of the white chocolate.
    They are currently being DEVOURED by my family! 🙂

  • Felicia
    February 15, 2012

    I made these for a church function and received several compliments. There were perfect! Thanks for the recipe!

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