Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

These cookies are perfect for the holidays or really any time of year.
It doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your healthy eating in order to indulge and celebrate the holidays! In this recipe I use turbinado sugar which is simply raw sugar that has been steam cleaned.  Turbinado sugar is a healthier alternative to white, refined sugar. It is lower in calories since it tends to hold more moisture. One teaspoon of white sugar packs 16 calories, as opposed to the Turbinado sugar, which has 11 for one teaspoon. Turbinado sugar isn’t processed as much as white sugar, so it is naturally healthier for your body.  I also used much less sugar because it’s a naturally sweet cookie!


Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Dessert, Christmas cookie, Healthy cookie, Healthy dessert, Holiday dessert
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax or wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup oats, quick-cooking or old-fashioned (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate, chopped or white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 dried cranberries (no sugar added)
  • 2 TBS chopped macadamia nuts *optional
  • Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 375°F.
  • Whisk flour, flax or wheat germ, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and ground ginger in a small bowl. Whisk egg, sugar, oil, applesauce and vanilla in a large bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients; stir to combine. Add oats and stir again. Add chocolate, cranberries and macadamia nuts if using them; stir just to combine. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto 2 ungreased baking sheets, 1 1/2 inches apart. (FYI- dough will be thick).
  • Bake the cookies until puffed and barely golden around the edges, switching the pans back to front and top to bottom halfway through, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on the pans for 2 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79  Calories from Fat 35
Total Fat 3.9g
Saturated Fat 0.7g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 9mg
Sodium 83mg
Total Carbohydrates 9.7g
Dietary Fiber 0.8g
Sugars 3.6g
Protein 1.5g

*Nutritional information is calculated through, results not 100% accurate

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