Soft, chewy, and no chill-time required. Bake up these Decadent White Chocolate and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies for a holiday treat without a lot of fuss!
As the weather turns colder, you can count on us to turn on the oven to begin our holiday baking. We start by filling cookie jars with great flavored cookie combinations and festive treats for family, friends, grandchildren, or others stopping by.
One of our favorites these white chocolate and cranberry oatmeal cookies. Cookies loaded with Christmasy wintery flavors that bake up into a soft, chewy cookie that everyone will love! They take only 30 minutes for the first batch to appear from the oven, and they stay fresh-tasting for up to a week, so they’re perfect for making ahead to have ready for impromptu visits, snacking, or an indulgent dessert after meals.
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Our inspiration for these decadent White Chocolate and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies was discovered in the December 2021 cookbook featured in our GfreeCookbook Club book review. We referenced the eBook recipe making it two times; first, substituting our Gluten-Free Cake Flour Blend for the author’s gluten-free flour blend and replacing Agave for the honey because our honey bottle was empty. Then our second recipe batch was made using GF Jules Gluten-Free Flour Blend and eliminating the xanthan gum. In both instances, the cookies baked up beautifully.
The GfreeDeliciously Gluten-Free Cake Flour Blend
After reading about the author’s gluten-free flour blend containing one part white rice flour with equal parts potato and tapioca starch, I decided to substitute our Gluten-Free Cake Flour Blend.
Although similar, our cake flour blend mixture uses sweet rice flour, brown rice flour, and equal parts potato starch (NOT to be confused with potato flour) and tapioca starch to make the high-starch-low-protein flour. The high-starch-low-protein balanced blend of these alternative flours contains extra starch from the potato and tapioca starch, giving gluten-free cookies a fine crumb with no sandy or gritty texture. So, if you’re blending your flour from scratch, and depending on what you have on hand, either flour blend is an excellent choice for making gluten-free soft-batch cookies and cakes, muffins, and quick bread.
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We also wanted to try one of our favorite go-to all-purpose gluten-free flours in another batch…
Because the first batch of cookies was a hit with both dear hubby and myself, we decided to make another batch, this time using GF-Jules Gluten-Free Flour Blend. We wanted to see if an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend would make any difference in baking and a side-by-side taste test of the cookies.
As expected, the GF Jules all-purpose gluten-free flour didn’t disappoint us. While the GF Jules flour works very differently than our gluten-free flour blend, the ratio of starches in the GF Jules all-purpose blend still baked up well for these White Chocolate and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies.
You should also note that because GF Jules flour already has xanthan gum in it, we opted to eliminate it in this batch so that the cookies would bake and rise evenly and not turn out gummy. And again, because the ratio of starches has baked up beautifully in many family favorite recipes when we’ve used the flour before, we were pretty sure the deletion would be okay when baking up this recipe too.
We felt that the cookies were equally delicious using GF Jules flour, so you can feel confident using it as a substitution option without hesitation. Just be sure to eliminate the xanthan gum from the recipe if you make them this way.
A Classic Cookie Combo for Christmas
These White Chocolate and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are so, SO GOOD!
There’s just something about this combination of ingredients that make these a classic cookie combination, especially for Christmas. The oatmeal cookie base is perfectly soft and chewy, and the cranberry with the white chocolate delivers a fun pop of color for this time of year!
Oh, and did we tell you there’s also loads of flavor in every bite?
Well, then you already know that the sweet-tart burst from the cranberries compliments the white chocolate beautifully to even out the white chocolate sweetness. And don’t be tempted to skip the cinnamon in these cookies! It adds that little extra bit of Christmasey flavor that would otherwise be missing.
We’re sure you’ll add these cookies to your must-make treats for the holidays and Santa!
For more healthy holiday-inspired recipes, check out this month’s round-up of ideas in the Home-Cooked Holiday Collection!
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Decadent White Chocolate and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
- Cookie Sheets or Sheet Pans
- Parchment paper
- Large bowl
- Hand or Stand Mixer
- Utensils (Measuring Cups & Spoons, Rubber Spatula or Large Spoon, Medium-size Cookie Scoop)
- ½ cup Butter melted
- ¾ cup light Brown Sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free Vanilla
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon gluten-free Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- ½ teaspoon Xanthan Gum
- 2 cups Gluten-Free Flour (We recommend our Gluten-Free Cake Flour Blend.)
- ¾ cup gluten-free Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 1 cup gluten-free White Chocolate Chips
- ½ cup dried Cranberries
- 2 tablespoons Milk for brushing before baking
- Powdered Sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet or sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl at 20-second intervals until melted.
- Cream the melted butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl or stand mixer, beating until smooth and creamy. Next, add the egg yolks and vanilla, followed by the salt, baking soda, cinnamon, honey, and xanthan gum. Scrape the bowl as needed, beating everything until incorporated.
- Mix in the flour followed by the old-fashioned oats, mixing until combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries by hand.
- Scoop the dough using a 1 ½ tablespoon (medium-size) cookie scoop. Place cookies 2-3 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. If desired, top with additional white chocolate chips and cranberries. Lightly press down on the top of each cookie to flatten slightly, then brush each cookie with a bit of milk before baking to help in browning.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. The cookies should spread slightly with the top and edges just beginning to turn lightly brown. Allow cookies to rest on the pan for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to sprinkle with powdered sugar and finish cooling.
- Enjoy warm with a glass of cold milk, or store in an airtight container for up to a week.
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