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White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies are the perfect combination, of chewy, crunchy, sweet and decadence all wrapped up in a cookie! These amazing cookies have great texture and flavor!

Macadamia nuts are the hidden gem in these cookies. For more recipes that are created at  them in these other recipes like this Chili Macadamia Crusted Tilapia, Macadamia Key Lime Pie and Pineapple Cheesecake Dessert Bars.

Soft, chewy, White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies.

The Best Ever White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

The cookie base itself is perfection! It is perfectly chewy. And surprisingly enough, I LOVED the cranberry! It wasn’t overpowering but gave the cookie enough cranberry flavor. My first bite was so amazing. The cookie was still warm and the chocolate was still melty. I had four! UGH. Why did these cookies have to be so incredible? All I want is another.

These scrumptious cookies have the holidays written all over them. The red from the cranberry, and white from the chocolate and then there’s the flavor! The sweetness of the white chocolate balances out perfectly with the tartness of the cranberries and the macadamia nuts add ideal crunch for impeccable taste and texture.

Delicious Cranberry Cookie Ingredients

These are just as easy as any cookie recipe, but they taste fancy! White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia cookies will be the little darlings of all your Holiday festivities, cookie exchanges and anytime you are craving something delicious. Everyone is going to love this flavor combo.

  • Flour: All purpose flour works great
  • Baking Soda: This helps make the cookies be fluffy.
  • Salt: Balances sweet
  • White Sugar: Need the white sugar to help brown the cookies
  • Brown Sugar: Use dark brown sugar for a deeper flavor
  • Butter: You can use margarine here, soften either.
  • Eggs: Large eggs, not medium
  • Vanilla: Flavor enhancer
  • White Chocolate Baking Chips: perfect size for perfect cookies
  • Macadamia Nuts: chop the nuts for easier distribution
  • Dried Cranberries: You can find these with the raisins in most stores.

Making These Scrumptious Cookies

Cranberry. Do you love it or hate it? I am personally on the fence with cranberries. It probably wouldn’t be the first thing I grab at a Thanksgiving dinner. But these cookies. BEST.COOKIES.EVER. And yes I just yelled that because I just got done eating four!

  1. Sift: Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream: In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar together till nice and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  3. Stir: Stir in the flour mixture till just mixed. Then fold in the dried cranberries, white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
  4. Drop: Drop by rounded Tablespoons on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or just until set.

The ingredients and mixing of White chocolate cranberry Macadamia cookies.

Tips for White Chocolate Cranberry and Macadamia Nut Cookies

Perfectly chewy cookies packed with white chocolate, cranberries, and macadamia nuts!

  • White Chocolate: You can chop a white chocolate bar or white chocolate baking bar to give it a more rustic texture. Keep the chunks the same size as the nuts though.
  • Even: You want the same amount of cranberries, chocolate and nuts for a good balance of taste.
  • Cranberries: If you are not fond of cranberries or can’t find them, you can try dried tart cherries instead. I wouldn’t substitute with raisins though, they’re too sweet and it’ll over power the cookie.
  • Nuts: I hear you! Macadamia nuts are expensive and sometimes hard to find. I will tell you they are totally worth the extra cost, however, you can substitute chopped pecans or walnuts instead.
  • Underbake: To get that perfect soft chewy inside and barely crisp outside, you almost want to underbake them. Just cook them till barely set. You won’t regret it!

Soft, chewy, White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies.

Freezing Macadamia Nut Cookies

These are so good, if you have leftovers you’re going to want to keep them around. These will stay soft and chewy when sealed in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. You can also store in an airtight ziplock, make sure to cool completely so they don’t sweat.

You can freeze these cookies two ways:

  • Dough: Freeze the dough once you mix all the ingredients together. Drop by Tablespoons onto a cookie sheet close together. Freeze for 2 hours then transfer the dough to a freezer safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Bake straight from the freezer, they will need 2-3 min longer is all. Keep on eye on them so you don’t overcook them.
  • Cookies: Once completely cooled place in a freezer safe, air tight container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Soft, chewy, White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies

5 from 1 vote
By: Alyssa Rivers
White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies are the perfect combination, of chewy, crunchy, sweet and decadence all wrapped up in a cookie! These amazing cookies have great texture and flavor! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 36 servings



  • Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together white sugar, brown sugar and softened butter. Add eggs and vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture until just mixed. Stir in dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, and macadamia nuts.
  • Drop cookies by rounded tablespoons on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just set. Allow to cool and transfer to a wire rack.


Updated on November 11, 2020
Originally Posted on November 14, 2013


Calories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 127mgPotassium: 54mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 172IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. I started making these cookies and realized I only had one stick (half a cup) of butter. I also left out the craisins because my husband is not a fan of them. They were a hit! He loved them. Thank you for the recipe!

  2. Best new cookie recipe that I’ve made in a long time. Everyone loved these. Making another batch today. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Best new cookie recipe that I’ve made in a long time. Everyone fell in love with these. Making another batch today. 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  4. These cookies look incredible Alyssa! It would definitely be very hard to eat just one of these – love cranberry, macadamia and white chocolate together!

  5. Alyssa, I love baking these drop cookies this time of year. I usually add toasted pecans, but I love that you added Mac nuts! Beautiful styling and photography, too. Thank you for sharing, girl. Pinning!