Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are a festive holiday cookie to share with friends and family! Sweet with a hint of sourness, these cookies are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. And they’re delicious warm with a glass of milk!
‘Tis the season for holiday magic. It’s just the best season, isn’t it?
I was chatting with my best friend the other day, and she was telling me how cool it was to watch her almost-three-year-daughter old experience Christmas this year. To see things through her eyes.
But goodness, sometimes Christmas doesn’t seem all that shiny, what with the running to holiday parties and dashing for presents and cleaning for visitors and more, more, more.
I will say that Christmas as an adult definitely has a different kind of magic, though.
Making Christmas traditions is one of my favorite things about adulthood.
The difference is that as a kid, you are born into the traditions your family already has.
As a grown-up, you get to pick which you keep and which you continue — and what new ones to begin.
Your traditions are the things you look forward to, the things you love and remember. Those are the Christmas magic, to me.
For our traditions, Chris and I have really come to love decorating our tree each year.
We have started collecting a Christmas ornament on all of our travels. It’s so fun to unwrap them at the end of the year and reflect on where we’ve been.
Next Christmas, we’ll be married (eep!) and I’m sure we have many more new traditions to begin, and to continue.
Baking is another big tradition for a lot of people, myself included!
One Christmas tradition I have for my blog is baking-related: The Sweetest Season.
It’s a big, virtual holiday cookie party started by my friend Erin from the blog The Speckled Palate.
I’ve been participating every year since I started Feast + West, which means I’ve now accumulated five amazing cookie recipes. (If you include today’s!)
And that means — OMG. F+W is turning FIVE YEARS OLD on Jan. 1, 2019!
Every year since, I’ve shared a recipe I love to make at the holidays. Here’s what I’ve made each year:
And this year, I bring Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies to the table.
These cookies are a twist on the classic oatmeal raisin cookie. They’re crunchy on the outside and tender and soft in the middle.
For flavor, white chocolate brings sweetness and the dried cranberries provide a hint of tartness. I even added a hint of cinnamon and it’s so delicious.
These Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are as easy to whip up as chocolate chip cookies, and they would make a great addition to any holiday cookie tray.
Serve them with a Yule Mule, and you’ve got the start of a holiday party menu everyone will love.
This year, The Sweetest Season raising money for our friends at Cookies For Kids’ Cancer — you can donate here.
This non-profit is dedicated to funding research for new, innovative and less-toxic treatments for childhood cancer, which is the #1 cause of death by disease of children in the U.S.
Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has raised money for 100 research grants to pediatric cancer centers across the country. Their hard work has paid off — these 100 grants have stemmed 37 treatments available to kids battling cancer today.
Founded by parents who lost their son to childhood cancer, it all started with a giant bake sale (of 96,000 cookies!) to raise money for this cause, which is why CFKC is such a good fit for The Sweetest Season.
Giving is a lovely, noble holiday tradition. If you need a good end-of-year cause to donate to, Cookies For Kids Cancer would be a great one. Don’t forget to donate here.
Cookie-baking is definitely a wonderful holiday tradition too, so don’t miss all the wonderful recipes from this year’s The Sweetest Season!
(And don’t forget about these Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies!) // susannah
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and both sugars on medium speed, until creamy and smooth. Add eggs one at a time until just combined. Stir in vanilla.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- Stir dry ingredients into the dough mixture until combined. Then stir in the oats, cranberries and white chocolate chips.
- Roll heaping tablespoons of dough in your hands to create a ball, then slightly press the ball into a thick disc. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden, 15-18 minutes.
- Let cool on baking sheets for 3 minutes before placing on wire racks to cool completely. Serve warm or room temperature. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.
Too many cookies? You can freeze the balls of cookie dough to make at another time!