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.

If you love cookies but want something without fruits why not try out these Chocolate chunk pecan cookies or these Swiss butter cookies.

Why make these cookies?

I cannot tell you how many times I have eaten Macadamia and white chocolate cookies or Cranberry and white chocolate cookies, but I could never find a suitable recipe that had all three elements!

The crunch of macadamia nuts, the tartness of dried cranberries and the creamy white chocolate work in perfect unison.  I found that it goes well with, or without, a glass of milk.

I wish I could explain how much I love these Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies. One of my colleagues called them addictive and the best ever white chocolate cranberry macadamia nut cookies. According to her once you start you find it hard to stop at one, ,two or even three.

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

Macadamia, cranberry and white chocolate cookies

These Cranberry, Macadamia and White chocolate cookies are packed with nuts, fruits and chocolate.
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Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Servings: 18
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Razena Schroeder


  • 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 500 ml or 2 cups, scooped into the cup with a spoon and levelled)
  • 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)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees Celcius or 150 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 and baking powder into the butter mixture and combine thoroughly.
  • Add the white chocolate chips, macadamias and cranberries and mix thoroughly. The mixture will be soft and easy to scoop.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop with approximately 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.


Calories: 274kcal (14%) | Carbohydrates: 32g (11%) | Protein: 3g (6%) | Fat: 15g (23%) | Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) | Cholesterol: 26mg (9%) | Sodium: 66mg (3%) | Potassium: 119mg (3%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 21g (23%) | Vitamin A: 190IU (4%) | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 54mg (5%) | Iron: 0.6mg (3%)

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

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Cranberry Macadamia and White Chocolate Cookies

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  • Reply
    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 🙂

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    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 🙂

  • Reply
    Platter Talk
    August 30, 2016 at 5:34 pm

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

  • Reply
    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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