If you love soft cookies with slightly crispy edges, these gluten-free cranberry cookies with white chocolate and macadamia nuts will become your new favorite fall cookie recipe! They have the perfect crisp edges and a soft interior. Make a batch in about 30 minutes!

Some gluten free cranberry cookies on a platter.

We are finally in my favorite time of year. The leaves are turning colors, the air is cooler, and cranberries are popular for the next few months! I love using these tart little berries in my baking. You can buy dried cranberries to enjoy these cookies all year!

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! Did you know I have over 100 gluten-free cookie recipes? I have lots of great recipes for you to make.

Allergen Information:

This recipe is gluten-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. To make these homemade cookies dairy-free, use dairy-free butter. To make these cookies nut-free, omit the macadamia nuts and the almond flour. Add an additional 3/4 cup gluten-free flour blend.

(Note: if you use a starchy gluten free flour blend, you may need to adjust this amount slightly so your cookies don’t turn out dry.)

Reader Rave

Tried these today. I had to add the 1 tsp xantham gum to the flour recommended because that’s what I had on hand, and used the almond meal flour because it was cheaper. Couldn’t wait!!! Had to try them while they were still warm. Del-lish!!! Thank you, Sandi!” Gail S., Facebook comment

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • 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 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 cookies lower in glycemic index, you can use coconut sugar. However, it will change the color of the cookies.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter.
  • 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 cookies slightly bitter.
  • Mix-Ins: Dried cranberries (aka Craisins), macadamia nuts, and white chocolate chips.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Step 1: Add your dry ingredients, including flour, almond flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, to a large mixing bowl. Whisk to blend.

I recommend using the spoon or leveling methods to measure your gluten-free flour. 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: Add the wet ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk to blend. Note: I partially melted the butter to soften it so it mixed easily with the wet ingredients.

Step 3: Pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Step 4: Add the cranberries, white chocolate chips, and macadamia nuts. Mix the wet and dry ingredients into cookie dough using a large spoon.

Step 5: Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 45 minutes. This will help you prevent the cookies from spreading while baking and eliminate any traces of graininess from the flour. Some flour blends have a lot of rice flour and it can be more gritty. Letting the dough rest gives time for the rice flour to absorb the moisture and soften.

🔑 Sandi says: Note that you can mix the cookie dough in a standing mixer.

Cranberry cookie dough balls on a baking sheet ready to bake.

Step 6: Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. If you chilled the dough in a roll, slice the cookies and bake them on a cookie sheet. For drop-style cookies as I made, 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 are at least two inches between each cookie so they don’t spread into each other.

Step 7: Bake the cookies at 350º F for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven, and carefully slide the cookies on the parchment paper onto a cooling rack. Eat the cookies when they are cooled.

Variations:

Macadamia nuts add a tropical crunch to these cookies. I know macadamia nuts can get expensive, so here are some good substitutes:

  • Pecans
  • Almond Slivers
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you use fresh cranberries?

You could use fresh cranberries, but the cookies will turn out softer due to the moisture in the fresh cranberries. Fresh cranberries are a lot more sour, so you must adjust your sugar accordingly. I haven’t tested real cranberries in this recipe, so I cannot say how much additional sugar.

Can you refrigerate the cookie dough in a tube shape to make this more slice-and-bake style?

Yes, you can quickly refrigerate this gluten-free cookie dough. To make these slices 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.

How do you store the cookies so they stay fresh?

These cookies will be kept in an airtight container for up to 4 days or in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Can you freeze these cookies?

You can easily freeze the cooled cookies in a freezer-safe zipper bag.

Gluten Free Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies stacked on top of each other.

If you love baking with fresh cranberries, try these gluten-free cranberry shortbread bars! While visiting, you may like one of these delicious gluten-free cookie recipes.

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Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Gluten-Free Cranberry Macadamia White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sandi Gaertner
A very easy gluten-free cranberry cookies recipe that is loaded with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
4.69 from 22 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cookies and Bar Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 145 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup almond flour *see note
  • ¾ cup gluten free flour blend *see note
  • ¾ cup sugar *see note
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder aluminum-free
  • dash salt
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips
  • cup macadamia nuts chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, add all dry ingredients. Whisk to blend them together.
  • In a small bowl, partially melt the butter. Add the rest of the wet ingredients, including the eggs and vanilla. Whisk to blend.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Add your mix-ins.
  • Mix well into cookie dough. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º F degrees.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop cookie dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and put cookies onto a cooling rack.

Video

Notes

  1. You can use almond flour, which is more finely ground, or almond meal.
  2. 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.
  3. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  4. You can substitute coconut sugar for regular sugar to make this lower glycemic.
  5. Make it nut-free by adding an additional 3/4 cup gluten-free flour blend. (Note, if you use a starchy gluten free flour blend, you may need to adjust this amount slightly so your cookies don’t turn out dry.)
  6. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter.
  7. These cookies will keep up to 4 days in an airtight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 145kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 11mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 30IUCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
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12 Comments

  1. Hi Sandi – your recipes are great! I’m an avid baker so typically don’t have any issues , but followed recipe exactly and dough was very soft (maybe melted butter was too warm)had to chill for over an hour … and cookies took 18 mins to bake- used a regular size ice cream scoop. Any thoughts??

    1. Hi Mia, I haven’t heard of this happening. Which gluten free flour blend did you use and did you sub any ingredients? An ice cream scoop is probably double the size of mine so the baking time is probably right at 18 minutes for giant cookies.

      1. Hi Mireille, I think you misunderstood. I said to substitute regular butter for vegan butter, which is dairy-free. I didn’t say these cookies could be made vegan.

    1. Hi Vania, Unfortunately, this recipe is going to turn out very dry with coconut flour. Coconut flour needs a ton of liquid and I worry it will not work in this recipe. If you do try it, you will need to add a lot more liquid and some type of binder so they don’t fall apart.

  2. 4 stars
    Maybe I did something wrong, my cookies were flat not fluffy and spread out a lot. However, they do taste wonderful. Any recommendations for why my cookies were so flat?

    1. Hi Barbara, it could be the gluten free flour blend you used. The ratio of gluten free flours/starches in a blend can affect the moisture ratio and the thickness of the cookie. If you use the flour blend you have, you may consider adding more flour so that these cookies are puffed like in my photos. I hope this helps.