These white chocolate and cranberry oat cookies are a family favorite. They probably won’t win any prizes for how they look, but they’re a winner for how they taste. And while these are delicious at anytime of the year, they will make a great addition to your Christmas baking. They can make a fabulous gift baked, or as a Cookie in a Jar gift.
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If you participate in a holiday cookie exchange, these are perfect. Super crunchy, delicious with every bit. Now it may not be true, but in my mind because these cookies have both rolled oats and fruit in them, they’re a ‘healthy cookie’! 🤣
Alongside making these at home, I’ve included instructions on how you can make this into a Christmas Cookie Gift Jar. It’s a unique, thoughtful, and inexpensive gift. Perfect for a teacher gift, those with young kids, or grandkids coming to stay, as it’d be a great holiday project. It’s also the perfect gift for those heading away to a holiday home, as all the dry ingredients are sorted ready to go.
White chocolate and cranberry oat cookies
- 2 sticks butter (225 grams)
- ⅓ cup caster sugar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ½ tspn vanilla essence
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 ¼ cups rolled oats
- 1 tspn baking powder
- ¾ cup white chocolate drops / chips
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 3 tbspn sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat the oven to 340°F (170°C). Line two trays with baking paper.
- Beat the butter and sugars until light and creamy, then add the condensed milk and beat until pale and smooth.
- Gently beat in the vanilla, rolled oats, flour and baking powder, then add the white chocolate and cranberries and mix until combined.
- Roll mixture into balls and place on the prepared trays. Press to flatten gently with a wet fork.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes on the trays, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. These will keep in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
- make sure your butter is soft to begin with (not melted, just soft)
- I recommend old fashioned oats over quick cooking oats – these give a more chewy texture
- The bigger your ‘rolled ball’ the bigger your cookie – mine generally are around about an inch in diameter
- Sweetened condensed milk is definitely something you’ll want to have as a pantry staple – you’ll find a lot of my recipes use it. If I see a recipe contains it, I already consider it a winner! BUT, if you don’t have any, you can leave it out. It won’t hurt the recipe, and the cookies will still be delicious, just not AS delicious as with it.
- I use Whittaker’s white chocolate, and cut it into chunks, rather than using white chocolate chips. In my humble opinion, they make the best white chocolate, and the better your chocolate is, the better your cookies taste.
Now to make this into a Christmas Gift Jar.
How to make your white chocolate and cranberry oat cookies in a jar
Your gift jar will include all of the dry ingredients in the recipe, so the recipient only needs to add the ‘wet’ ingredients.
Start with a 32 ounce jar (1 litre).
Layer your dry ingredients into it. You can do this simply with a spoon, or if you want more control, with a funnel. (I made a simple funnel out of baking paper.)
Your dry ingredients are the flour, sugars, rolled oats, baking powder, white chocolate, and cranberries. It is nice to layer this, and for extra interest, I split the flour, so layer 3/4 cup first, and another 3/4 cup later, so there are more colours, and layers in the jar. But you can put these in in any order you like, as long as you get them all in there.
When you gift your jar, you do need to put a note with it, explaining what it is, and how they can make cookies out of it.
I’ve created a free downloadable printable for you. I’ve included what’s in the jar, as this can be helpful info for those who suffer from allergies. I’ve also created in a couple of different formats, so you can print and cut as is, or cut using a tag cutter as I have below. Additionally, I’ve created both options in both US and metric, to cater for you all. 😊
Now, don’t forget to come back here, rate the recipe, and let me know how much you love it after you’ve made these.
Happy baking & gifting,
PS. If you like the idea of the gift jar, you may also like this Brownie gift jar