Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies

Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies

These Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies are what my cookie dreams are made of. Packed with nuts, fruits and chocolate with merely a smattering of cookie dough gluing it all together.

They are ideal for the festive season or even for a weekend baking session with the kids.

What make these Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies special?

I have eaten macadamia and white chocolate cookies and cranberry and white chocolate cookies, but I could never find a cookie that had all three elements! The crunch of richly flavored macadamia nuts, the tartness of dried cranberries and the creamy white chocolate working in perfect unison.  I found that these Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies go well with, or without, a glass of milk or cup of tea.

I wish I could explain how much I love these Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies. Each bite offers a new layer of taste and texture, making them irresistibly moreish.

These cookies strike a delightful balance between chewy and crunchy. The edges are slightly crisp, providing a satisfying bite, while the centers remain wonderfully chewy, thanks to the moisture from the brown sugar and dried cranberries.

Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies

The combination of light brown muscovado sugar and golden castor sugar creates a depth of flavor. The molasses in the brown sugar adds chewiness, while the fine granules of the castor sugar dissolve easily for a smooth texture.

The white chocolate chips melt slightly during baking, creating pockets of creamy sweetness. The macadamia nuts offer a buttery crunch and flavor, contrasting the chewiness of the cookie. The dried cranberries provide bursts of tartness and fruitiness, cutting through the sweetness of the cookie.

Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies

We love our cookies crispy (not hard or dry) and these cranberry, macadamia and white chocolate cookies have the perfect snap. I even bought one at a café the day before I made a batch, to remind myself what shop bought cookies taste like, and what I wanted to avoid… too much sugar and not enough nuts and fruits.

Serve these cookies to guests for morning or afternoon tea or as part of a festive cookie platter.

Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies

Tips for making Cranberry, macadamia and white chocolate cookies

  • Use good quality lightly salted butter.
  • Use the best quality white chocolate chips you can find because cheap white chocolate is just nasty.
  • Use a cookie scoop to get even sized cookies.
  • The round macadamia nuts are hard to chop with a knife so I put them in a ziplock bag and give it a couple of whacks with a meat mallet first to break it down to smaller chunks.

If you love cookies but want something without fruits click on the links below:

Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies

Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies

Razena Schroeder
These festive Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies are packed with nuts, fruits and chocolate.
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Cookie
Cuisine South African
Servings 18
Calories 274 kcal


  • 125 grams lightly salted butter at room temperature
  • 85 grams light brown muscovado sugar approximately 125 ml or 1/2 cup
  • 85 grams golden castor sugar approximately 125 ml or 1/2 cup
  • 1 egg
  • 5 ml vanilla extract approximately 1 tsp
  • 220 grams cake or sponge flour approximately 440 ml or 1 3/4 cups, firmly packed
  • 5 ml baking powder approximately 1 level tsp
  • 200 grams white chocolate chips approximately 330 ml or 1 1/3 cups
  • 140 grams chopped macadamia nuts approximately 250 ml or 1 cup
  • 140 grams dried cranberries approximately 250 ml or 1 cup


  • Heat the oven to 170 C or 150 C fan / 340 F / Gas mark 3.
  • Line the cookie sheets with baking parchment.
  • Beat the butter for 2 minutes until it lightens and looks creamy, then add the sugar and beat until the sugar is dissolved and there are no sugar lumps. This may take between 5-10 minutes depending on whether you are using a whisk or cake mixer. For purposes of this test I used a whisk.
  • Add the egg to the butter and sugar mixture and beat again until it is thick and creamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla extract and ensure that you scrape the sides of the bowl to mix in all the butter and sugar at the bottom and sides.
  • Fold the flour, baking powder, white chocolate chips, macadamias and cranberries into the butter mixture and combine thoroughly. The mixture will be soft and easy to scoop.
  • Use a small or medium ice cream scoop with approximately 30 - 50 ml capacity to scoop dough balls onto the lined baking sheet.
  • Leave enough space between the balls so that they can spread without touching.
  • Bake on the lower shelf for 10 minutes then turn and bake on the middle shelf for a further 3-5 minutes, depending on how crispy you want it.
  • Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire cooling rack. This will ensure that they don't crumble when you remove them while hot.


For a variation add a teaspoon of grated orange zest to the butter and sugar mixture.


Serving: 0gCalories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 3gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 66mgPotassium: 119mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 190IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 0.6mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.

Keyword easy holiday baking, halaal recipes, simple recipe
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  • Reply
    December 11, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Oh my god! These look so yummy and chewy. Can I have some please?

  • Reply
    Khushboo Motihar
    December 11, 2019 at 7:01 am

    You have used my three favourite ingredients Cranberry, macadamia and white chocolate! I love your recipe 🙂

  • Reply
    Alyx B
    December 10, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    This looks AMAZING!! I am Gluten-free, so I’m going to attempt something similar only with another kind of flour! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply
    December 10, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I love cranberries and macadamia. I love macadamia more than hazelnuts. I’ll make these cookies soon!

  • Reply
    Gervin Khan
    December 10, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Oh my gosh, I am sure this cookie recipe is delicious and I am so excited to make this for my kids, I am sure they gonna love it.

  • Reply
    December 10, 2019 at 5:53 am

    These sound so yummy! I cant wait to make them for my family.

  • Reply
    Renata Feyen
    December 10, 2019 at 3:53 am

    That sounds like a match made in Heaven – I think or actually am quite sure I would love those cookies 🙂

  • Reply
    December 10, 2019 at 3:36 am

    This looks delish!

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    Melanie Frost
    December 10, 2019 at 3:05 am

    OM YUM! I love cranberrys with chocolate. It’s just a hint of tart with a lot of sweet. This looks amazing!

  • Reply
    December 9, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    OMG… chocolate cookies are my weakness.

    Please stop these posts, these are highly tempting.

  • Reply
    December 9, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    This is perfect for all the holidays

  • Reply
    December 9, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    My! it sounds so good, I would fancy this cookie right now! nom nom nom!

  • Reply
    December 9, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    These cookies look delicious. I love finding new recipes like these.

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      December 10, 2019 at 9:06 am

      Yummy! I’m going to try to veganize these and see how they turn out. The orange zest sounds like a nice addition.

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        Razena Schroeder
        December 10, 2019 at 9:26 am

        That sounds like a great idea. I’d love to know how they turn out with vegan substitutes.

  • Reply
    Farah Al Zadjaly
    December 9, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    ohhhhh This is something I need to try making.. Looks so good.

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    Crickette, The Things I Have to Say
    December 9, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    My sisters and I love to bake cookies. I know we will probably bake some cookies for Christmas, as part of our tradition. We haven’t made something like this. I will grab a copy of this recipe. Thanks.

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    Krysten Quiles
    December 9, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I’ve never been big into cranberries but lately I’ve been craving them. These look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us!

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    October 24, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    These look sooo delicious and the perfect addition to my holiday cookie baking roster! 😉

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      October 25, 2016 at 12:06 am

      They are too good and you will definitely enjoy them 🙂

  • Reply
    Kate @ Veggie Desserts
    October 24, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I don’t have macadamia nuts often enough. Now I’m desperate for some so I can make these lovely cookies!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      October 25, 2016 at 12:04 am

      Macadamias have become my favourite transportable quick meal. A handful if I don’t have time for breakfast and it keeps me satiated until lunch time 🙂

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    October 24, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    What a lovely cookie for the holiday season!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      October 24, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Very moreish so you may end up having to bake a few batches over the festive season 🙂

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    October 24, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    What a great combination. I would love to have a colleague bring something this delicious to work 🙂

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      October 24, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      One of the ladies asked me recently when I would be bringing me of these, so I’ve stocked up on cranberries, macadamias and white chocolate 🙂

  • Reply
    September 3, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Hi havent seen you for a while :). These cookies looks so nice and chewy. I love macadamia nuts.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      September 4, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Alhamdulillah at least one person notices my occasional silence 🙂 I love macadamia nuts too and eat them for breakfast sometimes :O

  • Reply
    Aish Padihari
    August 30, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Woud love have a couple of them now with my coffee. They look so darn delicious.

  • Reply
    August 30, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Yummy cookies and perfect picture.

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    Kate @ Veggie Desserts
    August 30, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Ooooh I love macadamia nuts, but I don’t see them in the UK very often!Lovely cookies.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      August 30, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      I love them too and love eating them for snacks as much as I love using them in cakes and cookies 🙂

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    Platter Talk
    August 30, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I’ve always loved this combo of flavors! Beautiful.

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    Jen | Baked by an Introvert
    August 30, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I love cookies packed with dried fruit! These sound so delicious with macadamia nuts and white chocolate added!!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      August 30, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Sometimes dried fruit can get hard and horrid in cookies but these stayed lovely 🙂

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