White Chocolate Funfetti Christmas Cookies

An easy recipe for soft and chewy festive holiday cookies.
Despite their rich buttery flavor, they’re still secretly skinny!

 

White Chocolate Funfetti Christmas Cookies -- so soft & chewy. You'd never guess it from their rich buttery flavor, but they're secretly skinny!

 

Early on in our childhood Christmas careers, Mom and Dad established a “Wake Up Rule.” My brother and I were forced to wait until 6 am before we could crack open the bedroom door, sprint down the hallway to the family room, and stare at the goodies from Santa. After our 2-minute sneak peek, we dashed back across the house, exclaimed, “Merry Christmas!!” to our half-asleep parents, and impatiently bounced up and down while they slid into their slippers.  

 

Once they roused our visiting Arizona grandparents (my brother and I weren’t allowed—we were too energetic!) and telephoned my dad’s mother on the other side of town, the 7 of us sat around the fireplace to finally open stockings, some of us younger members shaking out the chocolate and Kleenex (Santa predictably left travel-sized packages every year) a little faster than the others.

 

White Chocolate Funfetti Christmas Cookies -- so soft & chewy. You'd never guess it from their rich buttery flavor, but they're secretly skinny!

 

Despite the tremendous temptations emitting from under the tree, our parents firmly requested that we took turns shaking our boxes and ripping off the decorative paper. They also expected us to graciously deliver our grandparents’ gifts to them on the couch, to ease the pain from their creaky old knees.

 

We quickly learned never to rattle the round metal tins from Grandma M, Dad’s mom. She toted them over on Christmas morning, cautiously setting them alongside the other gifts and shooing away our nosy golden retriever. Every year, she packed a small one with buckeye balls for Mom (well, until Mom discovered her peanut allergy!), a medium one with crunchy butterscotch cookies for Dad, and a humongous one—2 feet tall, 1 foot wide, and filled to the brim—with soft sugar cookies for my brother and me.

 

White Chocolate Funfetti Christmas Cookies -- so soft & chewy. You'd never guess it from their rich buttery flavor, but they're secretly skinny!

 

Before pouring our typical bowls of Rice Krispies or Cornflakes, my brother and I crammed at least three of them in our mouths, much to Mom’s dismay. With their pale golden hue and tall rounded shape, those buttery cookies called our names louder than any unopened gift bag or toy, and Grandma even topped each pillowy treat with festive red and green sugar sprinkles. Irresistible!

 

This year, I created my own healthier spinoff of Grandma’s traditional cookies. I lightened up the cookie dough, lowering the fat and calories, while still preserving their soft texture and buttery flavor. And of course they just had to contain those cute holiday sprinkles!

 

White Chocolate Funfetti Christmas Cookies -- so soft & chewy. You'd never guess it from their rich buttery flavor, but they're secretly skinny!

 

For the base, I started with a dough very similar to my ultimate chocolate chip cookies that you love so much. It consists of cornstarch for softness, melted butter for chew, brown sugar for more chewiness, and a little extra vanilla to boost the buttery flavor. Because of those 4 cookie-ingredient secrets, my batch turned out just as soft as Grandma’s indulgent one… But even chewier!

 

To add my own creative twist, I swapped her colored sugar sprinkles for red and green jimmies (the long skinny sprinkles) and mixed them into the cookie dough to make funfetti cookies. Aren’t those bright speckles of color popping through the cookie dough the cutest holiday touch? Any larger Christmassy sprinkles will do (confetti, snowflakes, trees, etc), but do NOT use nonpareils (the tiny spherical-shaped ones) or colored sugar. The latter two will dissolve into the cookie dough, leaving streaks of color that meld together into an unappetizing shade of gray.

 

White Chocolate Funfetti Christmas Cookies -- so soft & chewy. You'd never guess it from their rich buttery flavor, but they're secretly skinny!

 

But I couldn’t stop with just the sprinkles! I also stirred in white chocolate chips, which rounded out the holiday palette. Red, green, and white—the classic Christmas color trio! If white chocolate isn’t your thing, swap it out for regular chocolate chips. Or butterscotch chips (like Grandma’s cookies for Daddy!). Or toffee bits. Whatever flavor your heart desires!

 

White Chocolate Funfetti Christmas Cookies -- so soft & chewy. You'd never guess it from their rich buttery flavor, but they're secretly skinny!

 

Just after mixing, the cookie dough is fairly tacky, so you must chill it for at least 30 minutes. Don’t skip this step! It makes the cookie dough easier to work with. That short stint in the fridge reduces the tackiness while still allowing the cookies to spread a little as they bake. If you prefer really thick cookies that don’t spread, chill for at least 2 hours (same as these coffee cookies and chocolate chip cookies). The longer you chill, the thicker the cookies will be.

 

After shaping the cookie dough on the baking sheet, I pressed a few extra white chocolate chips into the tops. It gives them a finished, polished look and adds to their allure. Don’t you just want to sneak one off the screen?

 

White Chocolate Funfetti Christmas Cookies -- so soft & chewy. You'd never guess it from their rich buttery flavor, but they're secretly skinny!

 

Bake these healthier cookies for 11-13 minutes—no more! Although they may look and feel underdone, the centers continue to cook on the hot baking sheet while they cool, and pulling them out sooner prevents the outsides from turning crispy and crunchy. This keeps the cookies extra soft, and they’ll stay that way for up to an entire week!

 

After waiting around for the cookies to cool, I asked my guy if he wanted to split one. I gave him the first bite—which turned into two—which turned into everything but a small nibble he left for me. My guy is the pickiest (dessert) eater in the entire world, and he even reached for a second cookie later!

 

White Chocolate Funfetti Christmas Cookies -- so soft & chewy. You'd never guess it from their rich buttery flavor, but they're secretly skinny!

 

These White Chocolate Funfetti Cookies are incredibly moist and tender. The festive sprinkles in each soft, chewy bite melt in your mouth, and the creamy white chocolate morsels dissolve on your tongue. Buttery vanilla undertones linger long after you’ve swallowed the final crumb, tempting you to sneak one more—or maybe two—from the cheerful holiday tray.

 

And if you leave some out for Santa with his milk, he just might stick around until you bake more!

 

White Chocolate Funfetti Christmas Cookies -- so soft & chewy. You'd never guess it from their rich buttery flavor, but they're secretly skinny!

 

White Chocolate Funfetti Christmas Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

White Chocolate Funfetti Christmas Cookies

These soft, chewy cookies are the perfect holiday treat! They’ll stay soft for up to a week if stored in an airtight container. And be sure you leave some out for Santa on Christmas Eve!

2 c all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp cornstarch
¼ tsp salt
4 tbsp butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
4 tsp vanilla extract
1 c light brown sugar
4 tbsp Christmas sprinkles (NOT small round ones)
6 tbsp white chocolate chips, divided

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in the brown sugar, smearing out any clumps along the side of the bowl. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Gently fold in the sprinkles and 4 tablespoons of white chocolate chips. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes (for thick cookies that spread) or at least 2 hours (for extra thick cookies that don’t spread).
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.
  3. Divide the chilled cookie dough into 24 balls, and flatten each to about ½” to ¾” thick. Press 3 or 4 of the remaining white chocolate chips into the top of each. Bake at 350°F for 11-13 minutes. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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Comments

  1. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens says on December 16, 2013 at 4:24 am

    I love your sweet story about Christmas morning! Now that I’m a parent, I totally appreciate the wisdom behind the “Wake Up Rule”!!! And I also just love that you lightened your Grandma’s cookies – so wonderful to retain the spirit of a cherished recipe and all those memories, while making them just a little more healthy! Merry Christmas, my friend! :D

    • Amy says on December 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you Shelley! Now that I’m getting a little older and love my sleep, I can’t imagine waking up at 6 am for Christmas anymore… Your kids must be really cute when they come out in their pajamas to see what’s in their stockings! :) Happy holidays to you too, sweet lady!

  2. Katy says on December 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    When I saw that you had re-created a “skinny” sugar cookie I was so excited. I had to try them out right away and they were wonderful! You couldn’t even tell that they weren’t the fattening temptations that I normally make. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

    • Amy says on December 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      I’m so thrilled you enjoyed them Katy!! It’s practically impossible for me to stay away from cookies during the Christmas season, so I’m doing my best to alleviate some of the guilt. ;) I hope you continue to have a wonderful holiday season!

  3. Mary @ Fit and Fed says on December 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Beautiful memories, Amy. I remember the days when our children would get up so early for Christmas. Now my children are young adults and my husband and I are the first ones up on Christmas Day! The cookies are beautiful with the soft green and pink speckling and the bigger white dots of the white chocolate chips. I’m glad you’ve recreated something meaningful that your Grandma made; my husband and his brother still make a version of the special Christmas cookies that their grandma made, those connections mean a lot.

    • Amy says on December 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you Mary! Your Christmases sound magical with your husband’s grandma’s cookies; those family traditions are really heartwarming and special. My parents would agree with you too. Now that my brother and I have grown, they usually have enough time to read the paper and drink their coffee (and chai) before we wake up!

  4. Karey @ Nutty About Health says on December 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    The cookies are so cute!! Haha, I loved that you had to wait until 6am to wake your parents on x-mas… I remember getting up super early & waiting in the hallway outside my parents’ bedroom door, hoping they’d wake up any second – it was torture!

    • Amy says on December 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks Karey! Your Christmas morning story is so cute. Before we moved to a one-story house, we did the same thing because my parents wanted to video us walking down the stairs!

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says on December 17, 2013 at 6:38 am

    We have a wake up rule too. It’s totally necessary! As are these cookies. They look perfect!

    • Amy says on December 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks Dorothy! Is your wake up rule for Mel or Jordan? ;) From what I recall, both are super early risers!

  6. Dina says on December 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    how fun to lighten up your grandma’s recipe! they look great!

    • Amy says on December 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks Dina; you’re so sweet! :)

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