Trisha Yearwood’s Easy White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Are Perfect for Winter Days

Is there ever a bad time to make a batch of cookies? Probably not. But there’s something about a warm cookie on a cold winter day that makes them extra special. Enter, Trisha Yearwood’s White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies. The celebrity chef combines classic ingredients with some seasonal mix-ins to create a cookie worthy of any winter day. Warning: Based on reviews, Yearwood’s cookie recipe will likely become a year-round staple. 

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There’s nothing complicated about making a batch of Yearwood’s White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies. According to the Grammy winner’s recipe instructions (Food Network has all the details), there’s no freezing or chilling the dough for hours, or even days, before taking a bite of a fresh-from-the-oven cookie.

The host of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen prepares the wet and dry ingredients, combines them, and adds her preferred mix-ins. Then it’s time to shape the dough into balls — Yearwood uses the classic “drop” method with heaping spoonfuls — and bake. It’s really that simple. 

Perhaps the most complicated part of making Yearwood’s White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies is following the cookbook author’s note to bake them in batches i.e., one cookie sheet at a time. 

That means the baking process takes a little longer because, after all, the batter yields an estimated two dozen cookies. And, depending on the size of the cookie sheet, it could take a while as opposed to baking them all at once. 

How to make Trisha Yearwood’s White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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As previously mentioned, making Yearwood’s White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies is a straightforward process. After heating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, the country singer lines cookie sheets with parchment paper and sets them aside. 

Next, the wet ingredients. Yearwood combines sugar and butter together until creamy. Then she slowly adds in vanilla extract and an egg.

In a separate bowl, she sifts together the dry ingredients including flour and baking soda before adding spoonfuls at a time to the wet ingredients. Next, the mix-ins. Yearwood tosses in dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, and macadamia nuts.

Once everything’s combined she drops heaping spoonfuls of dough onto the parchment-lined cookie sheets. After 12-15 minutes in the oven, when the edges are set and the cookies have a golden brown hue, she takes them out and sets them aside to cool. 

Yearwood’s recipe for White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies has 5 stars 

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At the time of writing, Yearwood’s White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are a hit with Food Network reviewers. Her recipe, which has been reviewed nearly 200 times, averages five stars.

Reviewers described the recipe as everything from “pretty fool-proof” and “very easy” to “excellent.” 

“They were such a big hit,” one person said before adding they were “easy to make and so tasty.” Another said the cookies “disappear as soon as they are out of the oven.” Others described the recipe as “perfection.” One even said they “wouldn’t change a thing” about it, except maybe adding more macadamia nuts.

“The most delicious cookie,” remarked another. “Everyone who tries these can’t stop raving about them.” More than a few reviewers even called Yearwood’s White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies the best or most perfect cookies they’ve ever made. 

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