If you love soft cookies with slightly crispy edges, these gluten free white chocolate cranberry cookies with white chocolate and macadamia nuts will become your new favorite fall cookie recipe!
We are finally in my favorite time of year. The leaves are turning colors, the air is cooler, and cranberries are back! I love using these tart little berries in my baking.
I promise you these gluten free white chocolate and cranberry cookies are worth it! If you want to try different cookie recipes, I highly recommend these gluten free oatmeal raisin cookies!
Why these cookies are great:
- You can buy Craisin cranberries all year long so you can enjoy these cookies all year long!
- There is a slight crunch to these cranberry and white chocolate cookies and the macadamia nuts add a hint of nuttiness.
- You can substitute all sorts of things like raisins, different nuts, even make them dairy-free. I love when cookie recipes are super versatile.
What you need to make these:
- Gluten free flour blend - I have tested this recipe with two different gluten free flour blends. King Arthur Measure for Measure and Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF Blend. This doesn't mean other brands won't work, I just haven't tested them.
- If your gluten free blend doesn't contain Xanthan Gum, you will need this too.
- Almond flour - I prefer almond flour to almond meal because it is more finely ground. If you can only find almond meal, it is fine to use.
- Sugar - if you want to keep these lower glycemic, you can use coconut sugar. Note it will change the color of the cookies.
- Butter - or vegan butter if you are dairy-free.
- Pure vanilla extract - you can also use vanilla bean paste. I don't recommend imitation vanilla.
- Salt and baking powder - I always recommend aluminum free baking powder because regular baking powder can make your cookies have a slightly bitter taste.
- Mix-ins : dried cranberries (aka Craisins), macadamia nuts, and white chocolate chips.
Directions to make these gluten free white chocolate cranberry cookies:
Step 1: Add your dry ingredients to a bowl. Whisk to blend.
Tips to measure gluten free flour:
To measure your gluten free flour, I recommend using the spoon method or leveling method. In a perfect world, people weigh their flour, but most do not own a kitchen scale.
- Put the measuring scoop into the flour and fill. Do not pack the flour. Use a knife to scrape along the top to remove the extra flour.
- Use a spoon to fill the measuring cup. Use a knife to level along the top to remove the extra flour.
Step 2: In a smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients and whisk to blend. I melted the butter slightly to make it really soft so that it mixes into the wet ingredients easily.
Step 3: Pour your wet ingredients over the dry ingredients.
Step 4: Add the mix-ins and mix your cookie dough. I recommend letting the dough sit for 5-10 minutes. This will help you get rid of any traces of graininess from the flour.
*Note that you can mix the cookie dough up in a standing mixer if you prefer.
Step 5: Use a cookie scoop to drop the cookie dough onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. You can also make these cranberry white chocolate cookies drop cookie style.
Be sure there is at least two inches between each cookie so they don't spread into each other.
Step 6: Bake at 350º F for 9-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and move to a cooling rack.
Macadamia nuts add a tropical crunch to these cookies. I know macadamia nuts can get expensive, so here are some good substitutes:
- Almond Slivers
These cookies will keep in an air-tight container for up to 4 days or in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Pro Tips and Recipe FAQ:
These cookies are easy to make dairy-free by substituting vegan butter for regular butter.
You can definitely make this nut-free with some tweaking. The first and most obvious way is to omit the macadamia nuts. For the cookie dough, omit the almond flour and add an additional ¾ cup gluten free flour blend. Note, if you are using a starchy gluten free flour blend, you may need to adjust this amount a little lower so your cookies don't turn out dry.
You could use fresh cranberries, but the cookies will turn out a lot softer. Fresh cranberries are a lot more sour so you would need to adjust your sugar accordingly. I haven't tested real cranberries in this recipe so I am unable to say how much additional sugar.
You can easily freeze the cooled cookies in a freezer-safe zipper bag.
Yes, you can easily refrigerate this gluten free cookie dough. To make these slice and bake, place the cookie dough onto a piece of wax paper. Shape the dough into a log and roll the wax paper around it. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
More gluten free cranberry recipes:
Gluten Free Cranberry Macadamia White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350º F degrees.
- In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients. Whisk to blend.
- In a small bowl, add all wet ingredients. Whisk to blend.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Add your mix-ins.
- Mix well.
- Use a cookie scoop to drop cookie dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake 8 minutes until done.
- Remove from the oven and put cookies onto a cooling rack.
- You can use almond flour, which is more finely ground, or almond meal.
- I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend in this recipe. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
- If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
- To make this lower glycemic, you can substitute coconut sugar for the regular sugar.
- To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter.
- These cookies will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
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