Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Robert McDermid, Simply Desserts

Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 10 minutes


  • ½ cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup bread flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on low speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the sugars and mix on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 2-3 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of your bowl.
  2. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 4-5 minutes. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the flours, baking soda, and salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the cranberries and white chocolate chips and mix until just combined, or you can fold them in by hand.  Transfer dough to an airtight container for at least 3 hours. The dough can be stored for up to 5 days.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Drop a little less than ¼ cup of dough onto your baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden and the edges have just set. For a crunchier cookie, bake an extra 1-2 minutes.
  8. Allow cookies to cool for about 10 minutes before removing them from the baking sheet. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

*you can use solely all-purpose flour, but using part bread flour gives a greater rise and results in a chewier cookie.

About the Chef: Robert McDermid is a baker at Simply Desserts in Gainesville. A formerly home-based business owned by Kimberly McDonald, Simply Desserts recently opened its new storefront at the Promenade in Gainesville.  The award-winning bakery is your one-stop-shop for customized cheesecakes, wedding cakes, and tasty treats of all shapes and sizes. Walk ins are welcome at this upbeat and lively bakery where the chefs have the freedom to explore and experiment with their recipes and their baking and artistic skills are challenged in creating their trademark delicious and beautiful confectionary creations.

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