Cranberry, White Chocolate, Pumpkin Cake Cookies

December 4, 2017

It’s the most wonderful tiiiiime of the year… But is it?

I love Christmas. Like Buddy the Elf style love it. Like decorate before Thanksgiving kinda love.

But why?

Do you find yourself having the ultimate stress this time of year? Between shopping, bills, and having family obligations every weekend, it gets a little crazy.

I don’t think a strand of twinkle lights can erase the trauma caused once all those, “It was a great deal Mike, I swear” bills start rolling in.

For our family we have a birthday a week in November, Thanksgiving, a few more birthdays, Andy’s birthday, Jack’s birthday, and then Christmas. Let’s just say after this holiday season we will be able to get a lot of free flights from Southwest.

We won’t be able to go anywhere naturally, because we will have no money for a hotel or any actual vacationing type of activities.

Another reason we aren’t going anywhere right now is that, with all the holidays and birthdays, all our weekends are pretty much booking up fast. We aren’t doing a party for the boys this year just because I feel like everybody has so much going on and they end up with so much stuff from friends, family, and Santa that we have no clue where to put it all.

I guess if you are reading my 99 problems, you are probably rolling your eyes and calling me a brat under your breath.

Am I the only one that feels these holiday stressors?

Like I said, I love this time of year. I just have to let my inner grinch out every now and then or I will go full on grinch when you least expect it.

I guess I am lucky that Mike gets time off, I have more holiday wrapping paper than I know what to do with, we aren’t struggling for money or food, we have a roof over our head, we were able to get two Christmas trees this year, and we all are happy and healthy.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

All you Who’s in Whoville are just so high and mighty with your “Stef, all those things you stress about aren’t what this time of year is really about.” Blah, blah, blah. I know!

But, if I can’t complain to you, my virtual internet friends, who can I complain to?

Don’t answer that.

Glad we had this talk. I feel a little bit better.


Cranberry, White Chocolate, Pumpkin Cake Cookies

The prefect combination of Thanksgiving and Christmas flavors. Cranberry, white chocolate, pumpkin cake cookies are chewy and still light and puffy.
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 24 cookies


  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon Grated Orange Zest
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Fresh Cranberries coarsely chopped
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • Confectioners' Sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the pumpkin, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest. Mix until melted, combined, and fragrant. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Once the pumpkin mixture is at room temperature, whisk in the eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  5. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and stir well to combine.
  6. Mix in the cranberries and white chocolate.
  7. Spoon about 2 tablespoons worth of dough on to the prepared baking sheets. Space the cookies about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake cookies for 14-16 minutes. Let the cookies sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.
  9. Just before serving, dust the cookies with powdered sugar to complete the look.

recipe adapted from Homemade Decadence

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  • Amanda
    December 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I really love how you styled this shoot! Such beautiful photos, and they really capture the spirit of the season. My mom makes a pumpkin cake cookie with raisins, and I’m going to have to send this to her to try the white chocolate and cranberry combo instead. Sounds fantastic!

  • Sarah
    December 9, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I actually don’t celebrate the holidays… and I feel so relieved when I think about all the shopping etc. I do not envy it. BUT- you’re almost through it- just eat a few more of these cookies and wait for January lol

  • Julia
    December 8, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I know what you mean! I am exactly like that. I love love love Christmas time, yet I stress every single year and rarely able to do even half of the things I wanted. This year I haven’t even put up the decorations yet. Hopefully this weekend… if I have time. Maybe if “Holiday time” started in October I wouldn’t be so stressed.

    The cookies look absolutely divine. The photos are gorgeous! They just scream – Winter is here!!

  • Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    December 6, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Om my…these just scream ‘happy holidays”. I love that cranberry and white chocolate combo. Throw in some pumpkin…well these are PERFECT!! As far as busy….I say it is just “one long, never ending day” from Thanksgiving (and I am in Canada so that is October) to New Year’s Day!! Happy Holidays!!

  • Kathy
    December 4, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Hahahaha let your inner Grinch out girl!! As great as this time of the year is, there is so much going on that it can feel overwhelming. I think one of the things that bother me the most is the amount of e-mails I get due to school activities and end of the year events. So now that I have join you on a Grinch moment let me tell you that these cookies are going to make me the happiest “Buddy the Elf” type happy!! They look absolutely delicious and addictive!