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25 Days of Cookies: Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Photograph by Daniel Montoya

I love chocolate chip cookies as much as the next lifestyle editor, but these holiday-inspired cookies are just a little more special. These sweet treats take color cues from Santa's suit, with gorgeous red cranberries and big white chocolate chunks. Not only are they are a fun alternative to raisins or chocolate chips (too small), who can argue with a perfectly color-coordinated cookie for the holiday season?

RECIPE: Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yields 2 dozen cookies


  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ white sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1 cup white chocolate chunks (or a chocolate bar cut into small chunks)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or use nonstick spray.
  3. Cream together the melted butter and sugars in a stand-up mixer or an electric mixer until creamy and smooth.
  4. Add the vanilla, egg and egg yolk.
  5. Sift together the baking soda, flour and salt. Gradually add to the wet ingredients, just until incorporated.
  6. Fold the cranberries and white chocolate with a wooden spoon into the dough until evenly distributed.
  7. Chill the dough in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  8. Use a small ice cream scoop to scoop 2 tablespoons of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges are set and slightly golden brown.
  10. Let cool for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
Photograph by Daniel Montoya

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