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Soft-Baked White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

Perfectly soft and thick white chocolate cranberry cookies. One of my favorite flavor combinations ever!

Soft-baked White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies using a secret ingredient to make them super soft. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Thanksgiving turkey is leaving me completely stuffed, but in my world… there is always room for another cookie.  Especially a cookie that is so ultra soft, it tastes like a famous Mrs. Fields cookie or a Pepperidge Farm soft-baked cookie.

Overloaded with white chocolate chips and tangy dried cranberries, I’d like to say… come to mama you gorgeous softie!

Soft-baked White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies using a secret ingredient to make them super soft. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

A spin-off of my Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies, today’s cookie stands the true cookie test: remaining ultra-soft, even the next day.

What’s my secret? Cornstarch!  Yes, cornstarch.

Making your baked cookies soft, thick, and chewy has never been easier.  Add a touch of cornstarch to your cookie dough and prepared to be amazed.  Think about it: often used as a thickening agent, cornstarch gives your gravy, pie fillings, soups, and glazes a more bodied and full texture.  The same goes for your cookie dough – cornstarch will help your dough remain more compact during the baking process, leaving the cookies soft, thick, and puffy.

Look at how puffy it made my chocolate chip cookies!

Soft-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies | sallysbakingaddiction.com

Mixing cornstarch with all-purpose flour will give you cake flour; cake flour is a much softer flour than regular.  The lack of high gluten content in cake flour makes the texture of your cakes and pastries much lighter.

While there is no cake flour in these cookies, you are getting the same soft-effect by mixing cornstarch with all-purpose flour. Moving along…

I adore white chocolate in cookies around the holidays. Well, I adore white chocolate cookies any time of year… but they are a favorite add-in when I’m doing my holiday baking.  Dried cranberries give the cookies a bright festive color and provide a tart flavor burst in each bite.  A soft cookie with a tangy punch of flavor. I like it!

White chocolate and dried cranberries are an impeccable combination, and these cookies are LOADED with both.  Told ya, I am a sucker for super chunky cookies.

Soft-baked White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies using a secret ingredient to make them super soft. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Most important about this cookie recipe is the baking time. You must watch the cookies closely – I didn’t even leave the kitchen as they baked. Take the cookies out of the oven at a precise 8 or 9 minutes. The cookies will appear soft and undone in the centers, but will eventually firm up as they set.  Allow the cookies to cool for 5-10 minutes on the baking sheet after you remove them from the oven.

Also important in this cookie recipe is the use of dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar. I swear by dark brown sugar in my oatmeal cookies – it gives the cookies a more chewy texture, less crispy texture. Light vs dark brown sugar is mostly interchangeable in dessert recipes.  But I find that dark brown sugar gave these cookies a rich aroma and unique depth of flavor.

I know I sound like a broken record, but I just love dark brown sugar in cookies!

Soft-baked White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies using a secret ingredient to make them super soft. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Fresh out of the oven, these cookies are incredibly gooey – each bite will literally melt in your mouth.  I brought them into work and they disappeared within 30 minutes. At 9am in the morning!

Soft-baked White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies using a secret ingredient to make them super soft. Recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Trust me, these cookies are irresistible!

Soft-Baked White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Soft, thick, and puffy white chocolate chip cranberry cookies. The cornstarch is the secret!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks to 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (aka cornflour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (135g) white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup (105g) dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium high speed until fluffy and light in color. Beat in egg and vanilla on high speed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt together until combined. On low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick. Add the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries  mix on low for about 5-10 seconds until evenly disbursed. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough.
  3. Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes-- if the cookie dough chilled longer than 2 hours, let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This makes the cookie dough easier to scoop and roll.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
  5. Once chilled, the dough will be slightly crumbly, but will come together if you work the dough with your hands as you roll into individual balls. Scoop and roll balls of dough, about 1 Tablespoon of dough each, into balls. Place 10 - 12 on each baking sheet. Bake in batches for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. They will look extremely soft when you remove them from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. If the cookies are too puffy, try gently pressing down on them with the back of a spoon. They will slightly deflate as you let them cool. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

Make ahead tip: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Allow to come to room temperature then continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.

Recipe Notes:

*Do not drop dough onto warm cookie sheets. Allow cookie sheets to cool completely between batches. 

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

307 comments

  1. I’m making these for the 2nd time. The first time they came out perfectly. This time they are going flat! What is going on!?!? I made a double batch and am using  different oven, but otherwise everything is the same. I checked the oven temp with an oven thermometer and it seems fine. I seem to be having a similar issue with my other cookies as well. Any ideas? Thanks!

    • I figured it out. I had doubled the recipe and didn’t calculate the butter correctly. I had added way too much butter. I will definitely try these again as the first time they were devine!

      • So glad you figured it out. My new patch was inhaled …. again. I only got 3 and I got 35 cookies. I
        Made a tad smaller this time so more to go around with coffee. I must get a mixer. After mixing everything by hand my whole life at 60 arthritis in hands says give up and get a mixer. And I have enough ingredients for a 3rd batch but think I’ll wait till right before Christmas to make.

  2. I see all the reviews and wanted to add this cookie to the holiday rotation. My cookies are not coming out anything like this picture. I baked them 10 minutes and they still seem raw on the inside and look way to puffy. I followed the recipe exactly. I feel like I wasted a load of time. I don’t know what went wrong here. 

    • They look puffy in stove. Cook for amount of time suggested no more or they turn out crunchy not soft. Mine flatten as they cooled. But you can lightly touch them as cooling and clasped them.

  3. I made these today. OMG these are so wonderful. I took photos and text to my sister at work as I was mixing, rolling, baking. And I did it all without a mixer. Someone please tell Santa I desperately need one. Well maybe when I finish paying off the chemo bills. If any lady is reading this I want to say annual mammograms save lives. Please spread the word. I was diagnosed Thanksgiving last year (chemo, surgery, radiation). Its beed a ling road. And early detection saves the girls. Thank you Sally for your wonderful videos. You and the dogs kept me company throughout my treatment.

  4. I have made these twice and followed the recipe exactly – dark brown sugar, cornstarch, room temperature butter and egg etc. First time I chilled for 2 hours the second time overnight – the same results. The cookies are completely flat and spread out – nothing like the picture. They taste good but look horrible. What could be the issue? Is the recipe above missing an ingredient?

    • No recipe isn’t missing anything. I made another batch today followed recipe and they are again beautiful, perfect cookies. I’m using all new ingredients purchased at Thanksgiving. Make sure your not using old ingredients. Because if you follow recipe they should come out perfect. This time I did have a lot of time so I didn’t chill dough and they are still perfect. Chilling makes dough easier to handle is only fifference I saw.

  5. I made them yesterday and they are perfect! I love the addition of the cornstarch, brilliant! I am wondering if you recommend adding it to any cookie recipe? Or is it only added to some? I’m thinking about doing the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip recipe but it doesnt use cornstarch.

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