White Chocolate Cranberry Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Nut Cookies are ultra-chunky buttery cookie stuffed with crunchy macadamia nuts, creamy white chocolate chunks & chewy cranberries. One bite of this cookie will have you craving more!

Stacked white chocolate cranberry cookies beside a bowl of macadamia nuts.

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

This is the best month to be part of the Creative Cookie Exchange. Why? Because it’s Christmas cookie season and what better way to get loads of delicious cookie recipes than from all my fellow foodies in the group.

White Chocolate Cranberry Nut Cookies prep | 2 Cookin Mamas

This month’s theme was nuts, no, I don’t mean crazy (although I do get that way when on a baking spree), I mean eatable nuts like pistachios, almonds and macadamia nuts. I love my Pistachio Cherry Meltaways and Brazil Nut Snowballs but there’s something about macadamia nuts that just calls to me. Which brings me to my cookies for the exchange. I’ve made White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies before but I wanted to try something with seasonal cranberries in it so adapting the recipe everyone loves seemed like a good place to start.

White Chocolate Cranberry Nut Cookies closeup 1 | 2 Cookin Mamas

The changes I made to these white chocolate cranberry cookies were minor. I replaced some of the vanilla extract with almond extract, reduced the amount of nuts and added in some CranRaisins. And I just couldn’t stop myself from topping them with a drizzle of white chocolate, colored (almost) red for the holidays.


White Chocolate Cranberry Nut Cookies closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

Surprise, surprise, these White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies turned out to be everyone’s favorite cookies instead of the original recipe! The addition of the cranberries brought a little chewiness to the mix along with the crunchy nuts and the soft creaminess of the white chocolate. Super delish and perfect for any time of year!

More Nutty Holiday Deliciousness

Shortbread Pecan Sandies

Orange Pistachio Biscotti

Peanut Brittle Cookies

Plus cookies from my favorite cookie exchange friends below.

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Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
An ultra-chunky buttery cookie stuffed with crunchy macadamia nuts, creamy white chocolate chunks & chewy cranberries. One bite of this cookie will have you craving more!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: cranberry white chocolate cookies, white chocolate cranberry cookies, white chocolate cranberry macadamia nut cookies
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 134 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 oz. white chocolate baking bar, cut into chunks (I use Ghiradelli White Chocolate)
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (I used reduced sugar CranRaisins and it was perfect)
  • 3-4 ounces white chocolate bar for drizzle (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter & shortening until creamy. Gradually add sugars and beat until well incorporated. Continue beating while adding the egg, vanilla and almond extracts. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda & salt. Gradually add this mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and continue beating until well mixed. Stir in white chocolate chunks, macadamia nuts and cranberries.
  3. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2” apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly on cookie sheets then move to wire racks until cooled completely.
  4. Melt 3-4 oz white chocolate in microwave safe dish, in 30-second increments, stirring in-between, until melted. Pour into a small Ziploc bag. Snip corner and drizzle over cooled cookies. Allow chocolate to set prior to storing.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 71mg3%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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White Chocolate Cranberry Nut Cookies