Cranberry Cookies UK

Looking for easy Christmas cookies? Then look no further, this is the Christmas recipe for you. My White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies UK are my favourite bake at Christmas. The creamy white chocolate and sweet cranberries are fantastic together in these white chocolate cranberry cookies. Cranberry and oat cookies are a quick and easy bake perfect for dunking in your coffee or giving as gifts at Christmas.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies on a white square plate

Cranberry and oatmeal cookies are loved by the whole family and Santa has enjoyed them too when we’ve left them out for him. These finished results of these cranberry white chocolate oatmeal cookies are delicious crunchy & soft cookies which are the perfect Christmas cookies.

This Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies recipe UK is a mix of about 3 recipes I have mixed together over the years to make this yummy recipe for my favourite Christmas cookies. Warning these cookies won’t last long! They are just too yummy. This is also a really quick recipe. The whole making and baking to eating took less than 40 mins.

I love the mix of cranberries and white chocolate. I’d put them in everything if I could. These biscuits are oaty, chocolatey and fruity in one bite and I think it makes them the perfect cookie. I love using my little sherry glasses for milk at Christmas. It seems so quaint and happy.

Plus it’s what I remember from childhood while everyone had their sherry I was allowed a posh glass for milk. How gorgeous do these cookies look in the sunshine on a winter day? This is a lovely cranberry and oat cookies recipe UK.

Delicious Crunchy & Soft Cookies

I love seeing the red cranberries and white chocolate ready to be mixed in. I tend to chop up half of the cranberries and leave the other half whole so there is a mix of sizes and each cookie will definitely have a good mix of fruit and chocolate. If you want to make them really indulgent, drizzle white chocolate over the finished cookie.

Why you’ll love this Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies recipe

  • A gorgeous easy-to-make cranberry cookie UK recipe filled with sweet cranberries and creamy white chocolate.
  • Quick to make and bake.
  • Cranberry and white chocolate cookies make brilliant edible gifts.
  • Full of Christmas flavour which also makes the house smell incredible as they cook.
A bite taken out of a White Chocolate Cranberry Cookie on a plate with a glass of milk.

Top Questions

What can you use dried cranberries for?
Can you use regular oats in cookies?
Should I soak dried cranberries before baking?
Are dried cranberries the same as Craisins?
Can I use dried cranberries for baking?
Can I use old fashioned oats instead of quick oats in cranberry white chocolate oat cookies?
Can I use fresh cranberries instead of dried in cookies?
Should I rehydrate cranberries for cookies?
Can dried cranberries be baked?
Can you use dried cranberries instead of fresh for baking?

Ingredients

DRIED CRANBERRIES

The best way to add cranberries to cookies is by using dried cranberries. They will absorb some of the moisture from the cookies and will go a lot more softly. You can presoak them in a little orange juice but you don’t need to.

I wouldn’t recommend using fresh cranberries for this recipe. They are very bitter and when they cook they go very juicy which will make the cookies a bit soggy.

WHITE CHOCOLATE

I love creamy white chocolate, it’s lighter and sweeter than milk chocolate and goes so perfectly with the tart cranberries. For this recipe, I recommend using white chocolate chips as it means you get a bit of white chocolate in every bite of cranberry cookies UK.

CHRISTMAS SPICES

Is there anything more festive than the smell of cinnamon and Christmas spices?

How to make Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

Step-by-step white chocolate cranberry and oat cookies recipe the UK

cream together the butter and the sugar
mix in the egg
cookie batter
  • Cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Mix in the egg and stir well.
  • Add the spices to this mix.
Sieve the flour into the cookie mixture.
Mix the cookie mixture together
Stir in the oats to the Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies
  • Sieve in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
  • Mix well and enjoy the smell.
  • Stir in the oats. Add a tiny splash of milk if the oats make it too hard to mix.
Add the white chocolate chips into the cookie mix
divide the cookies and lightly dust in flour
Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies ready for the oven.
  • Add in the white chocolate and dried cranberries.
  • Divide into little balls.
  • Lay on a baking tray allowing room for them to expand. Bake!

White chocolate cranberry cookies oatmeal

Oatmeal is a type of coarse flour that has been made of hulled oat grains that have either been milled or steel-cut. As a rough type flour, you can use it instead of the old-fashioned traditional oats.

It makes the cookies a lot smoother and less lumpy so if you wouldn’t prefer a smoother taste it is worth trying. To use oatmeal in this recipe replace the oats with oatmeal of the same amount.

Close up of the White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Top Tips

Lightly chop the dried cranberries so you get a little extra cranberry in every bite.

Add a mix of chocolate to the cookies. You could try dark chocolate and cranberry are a wonderful flavour combos, especially at Christmas!

For extra extravagance dip the cookies half in white chocolate when they are cooked and cool. This looks amazing and who can say no to extra chocolate.

Tie with a ribbon to give away as gifts. Edible gifts are one of the best presents to receive and to give, they look wonderful wrapped in a big red bow and dipped in a warm hot chocolate.. even better!

Serving Suggestions

  • These Christmas cookies are fantastic on their own.
  • They taste great with a little glass of milk.
  • They have enough flavour to be served for a Christmas afternoon tea.
  • Enjoy the cookies straight from the oven with a scoop of ice cream.

Equipment

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Storing White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies / Making ahead of time options

Make ahead and store in an air-tight box for up to 3-5 days.

Freeze the dough before cooking to make them ahead of the holiday season. Defrost the dough and then cook as per the instructions below.

As these cookies last for a few days they make great edible Christmas presents.

stack of christmas cookies on hessian back ground

Substitutions and variations

You can use oats or oatmeal for this recipe. The oats are rougher and bulkier in the final cookie. The oatmeal is ground down further and creates a smoother batch of white chocolate cranberry cookies.

DRIED FRUITS

If you don’t like the cranberries you can easily leave them out or exchange them for raisins or other dried fruit.

NUTS

You can add nuts to this recipe if you want to add more flavour and texture. I’ve used chopped pecans and walnuts before.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS

You can use any type of chocolate chip for this recipe. Cranberry and white chocolate are iconic but you can change them to dark or milk chocolate too.

GLUTEN-FREE WHITE CHOCOLATE & CRANBERRY COOKIES

It is easy to turn this recipe into a gluten-free recipe by replacing the flour with Dove’s flour (gluten-free brand). Add 10% extra flour to the recipe as GF flour can be thinner so it will need a little extra.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies FAQs

What can you use dried cranberries for?

Dried cranberries are a yummy and versatile ingredient which can be used in so ways. As well as these cranberry white chocolate cookies can be used in cakes, loaves and bread too.

For Christmas, you could dry cranberries into a sweet dough like Chelsea buns. If you like bread and butter pudding try adding dried cranberries to the mix and make a super Christmas version of the iconic dish. If you want to make bread and butter pudding check out my recipe here.

Easy oat and cranberry cookies UK

These easy oatmeal and cranberry cookies UK recipes are so easy to make and so lovely to make in the winter months. Especially at Christmas! The mix of creamy white chocolate and sweet juicy cranberries. I make so many batches of these white chocolate cranberry cookies each year. I’ve given them as cookie Christmas gifts wrapped in brown paper and string, or in beautiful cellophane bags.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies with a glass of milk

Can you use regular oats in cookies?

Yes you can use regular oats in cookies, in fact, they work so well and I prefer using them for cookies and bakes. Regular oats are a very useful store cupboard item and can last for years in a sealed box. They are an easy addition to cookies but also add a lovely nuttiness to fruit crumbles.

Scroll down to the Cranberry White Chocolate oat Cookies recipe.

Should I soak dried cranberries before baking?

You don’t need to soak dried cranberries before baking these cranberry white chocolate cookies. However, there are lots of delicious recipes where soaking the dried cranberries can add a lot more flavour.

If you wanted to make soaked dried cranberry cookies I would recommend soaking them in brandy overnight before mixing the cookies. For 75g of dried cranberries, I would recommend using two tablespoons of brandy to soak them.

If they are very juicy when you come to bake you can drain away any excess brandy or save it to soak more fruit later. If the cookie mix is more liquid you can add a little more flour and a few more oats to soak up the juice. Brandy-infused cranberries are a wonderful thing!

Are dried cranberries the same as Craisins?

Dried cranberries and craisins are exactly the same things. They are called craisins sometimes as they look like raisins but are dried cranberries instead of grapes in traditional raisins.

close up of the cranberry and white chocolate cookie

Can I use dried cranberries for baking?

Yes absolutely. Using dried cranberries for baking is a great idea. There are so many things you can bake with them. Including their cranberry white chocolate cookies, Easy Christmas white chocolate cranberry cake and cranberry flapjacks.

Dried cranberry cookies

Using dried cranberries in your white chocolate cranberry cookies is a wonderful way to add in more delicious Christmas flavours. Dried cranberry cookies add fruit and sweetness to a finished batch of cookies. Simply add the dried cranberries into the mix whole if you want to chop them up so there are more pieces throughout work too.

Some dried cranberries I’ve bought recently have been huge so I needed to chop them up.

Can I use old fashioned oats instead of quick oats in cranberry white chocolate oat cookies?

Yes absolutely you can use old fashioned oats instead of quick oats in this Cranberry White Chocolate oat Cookies recipe, in fact it gives a much better flavour and the crumbliness of the cookie is better too.

Proper old fashioned oats will work so well in baking as they are the real rough and ready ingredient. Their texture in the finished cookies or cake will be much better than quick oats in my opinion. For cookies they give a much better bite and

Can I use fresh cranberries instead of dried in cookies?

You can use fresh cranberries in this recipe for cranberry cookies UK but they are much sharper than their dried counterparts. I prefer the sweetness of dried cranberries mixed with the white chocolate in the cookies.

Should I rehydrate cranberries for cookies?

No, you don’t need to rehydrate cranberries to bake cookies, if the recipe calls for fresh cranberries you will need to rehydrate them by soaking them in water before you toss them into the mix.

Can dried cranberries be baked?

Yes, dried cranberries can be baked. I bake them within these cranberry cookies UK. I would recommend baking dried cranberries instead of fresh cranberries as they are a little sweeter.

Can you use dried cranberries instead of fresh for baking?

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Recipe

White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies Recipe – Easy white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies

Sisley White
Looking for easy Christmas cookies? Then look no further, this is the Christmas recipe for you. My White Chocolate and cranberry Cookies are my favourite bake at Christmas. The creamy white chocolate and sweet cranberries are fantastic together in these white chocolate cranberry cookies. Cranberry and oat cookies are a quick and easy bake perfect to dunk in your coffee or give as gifts at Christmas.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Biscuits, cookies, Pudding, Snack, Sweet Treats
Cuisine American, English, International
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 134 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Baking Tray
  • greaseproof paper

Ingredients
 
 

  • 60 g unsalted butter
  • 40 g dark brown sugar
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 80 g plain flour / all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp of baking powder
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 60 g rolled oats
  • 100 g of white chocolate chips
  • 75 g dried cranberries
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ginger

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 160ºC Fan/180ºC normal oven.
  • Cream together the butter and sugars.
  • Add the egg and mix in.
  • Sieve in the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the spices to the mix.
  • Mix in the oats. Add a tiny splash of milk if the mix is too dry to mix
  • Add in the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. Give it a good stir.
  • Put heaped teaspoons of the cranberry white chocolate cookies to greaseproof paper lined baking tray. Make sure the cookie heaps are far away from each other as the cookies will spread.
  • Gentle push and flattern out.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  • Enjoyed hot or cold but best when the cookies are still warm.

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Notes

•They will last for a few days in an air tight box if you don’t eat them all first.
•You can add other chocolate chip flavours.

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 18mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 111IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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27 thoughts on “Cranberry Cookies UK”

  1. 5 stars
    I am thinking of making a Cookie Making Kit, in a Kilner jar, using your recipe for my son’ teacher ( just the dried ingredients) for Christmas. She has young kids too so hopefully would enjoy making these with them .

    Thanks for sharing

    Reply
    • That sounds like a fabulous idea! The cranberries would add such a lovely colour to the jar too! O might have to follow your idea and do the same for my neighbour. Thank you for the great idea 🙂

      Reply
  2. 5 stars
    This is a terrific cookie, and one that I make religiously every holiday. I just love the flavor of cranberries and sweet white chocolate!

    Reply
  3. 5 stars
    Used your quantities to make up present cookie jars for Christmas, and had so many thank yous back. Best recipe out there hands down!

    Reply

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