These gluten free White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies, which are crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle, are sure to be a hit. Filled with dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, and a hint of brandy, they will become a year-round favorite.
I first made this recipe probably 15 years ago. Our local radio station used to host a holiday cookie baking contest, and I entered a gluten-filled version of these cookies and won.
Once I had to start eating gluten free due to a Celiac diagnosis, one of the first recipes I converted to gluten free was these cookies. They have been a part of my Christmas cookie baking ever since.
I feel that the ingredient that really brings these cookies over the top is the brandy extract. I’ve made them without before, and although they are still a good cookie, the brandy extract really adds something special.
However, this year I have had a dickens of a time trying to find brandy extract. I searched every grocery store I came across both locally and in the US, and no one carried it. So this year, I will be using rum extract instead. It still adds that flavor that brings these cookies to the next level.
Can I use brandy or rum instead of the extract?
I would really encourage you to find brandy or rum extract to make these cookies. Using the same amount of actual brandy or rum will not give you the flavor you get from an extract, and if you add more, the consistency of your dough will change. So I would not recommend using brandy or rum in place of the extract.
Looking for more gluten free cookies to enjoy? Here are some of my favorites:
- Gluten Free Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
- Gluten Free Whipped Shortbread Cookies
- Easy Gluten Free Rolled Sugar Cookies
- Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies
- Fudgy Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Gluten Free White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies recipe:
These cookies freeze beautifully once they have baked. Remove them from the freezer at least 30 minutes before serving to let them defrost. Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
These cookies freeze beautifully once they have baked. Remove them from the freezer at least 30 minutes before serving to let them defrost.
Originally posted December 2008. Recipe and images updated November 2019.