These White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cinnamon are my new favorite dessert! A soft and tender cookie, lightly spiced with cinnamon, with a ton of chopped white chocolate folded into the dough. The key to this recipe is using real chopped white chocolate instead of baking chips. 

white chocolate chip cookie broken in half and held up

My sister Laura helps me manage my Pinterest account and even helps me make new pins sometimes. (hi Laura!!) Just a few weeks ago, she created a pin with a link to my cookie page, where you can see all the cookie recipes I have on my blog.

The pin said something like “50+ Cookie Recipes to Love!” I was like wait Laura, hold up, I definitely do not have 50 cookie recipes on my site, probably not even 30! Maybe we should change it to say “25 Cookies?”

cinnamon and white chocolate cookies

She responded that she actually had counted, and that even if I DON’T include borderline recipes like No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites or these Swedish Sour Cream Twists, or Edible Brown Butter Cookie Dough, I STILL have over 80 cookie recipes.

I died laughing. The truth is, I love baking more than anything, and sometimes when my family needs dinner I bake them cookies instead. This has been going on for 10 years now, and apparently the proof is in the pudding! (Also, side note, can you believe my blog turns 10 in October?? CRAZY)

cinnamon white chocolate chip cookies with a bite taken

Nothing has changed really. I was supposed to be working on this healthy Zucchini Lasagna post last week, got distracted and made these White Chocolate cookies instead. And then fed them to my kids before dinner.

white chocolate chip cookies with crumbled white chocolate on pan

(One time Laura told me that she was talking with our other sister, Nikki, who has 5 kids. Nikki said that sometimes her older kids ask to make cookies at 4:30 in the afternoon. She always lets them, and then congratulates herself because she knows that by the time they are done eating all the dough and cookies, Nikki is totally off the hook for dinner.)

What can I say. It runs in the family.

Accidental Success White Chocolate Wonder Cookies

BOTH sides of the family, actually! This recipe is from Eric’s sister Britta. It was born from a classic case of not having the ingredients you need in the kitchen, and instead of a disaster it turns into something delicious.

half of a white chocolate cookie on a pan with cinnamon sprinkled

Back in her college days, one Sunday afternoon Britta and her roommates wanted to make regular Chocolate Chip Cookies, but they didn’t have enough flour and they didn’t have any chocolate chips.

So they improvised by using some whole wheat flour they had in the back of the cupboard, and using up some white chocolate chips they found. And adding a lil cinnamon because why not.

white chocolate chip cookie from scratch on a pan

Everyone raved about the cookies. They shared them with the boys next door and everyone kept asking what was in them.

Then, 20 years went by, and one day Britta told me the story of the Accidental Success White Chocolate Wonder Cookies, and I knew I had to recreate them!

a bite taken out of white chocolate cookies

Guys, I AM OBSESSED. I cannot stop making these and finally decided I needed to throw them up on the blog for posterity.

There is something about the added texture from the whole wheat, the little cinnamon spice, combined with the ooey gooey melty white chocolate that makes them melt in your mouth. And I am not even a white chocolate person! Gimme the dark stuff, usually. But not for these cookies. Oh no. The white chocolate is perfect. I actually found out a few years ago why I am not a “white chocolate person.”

White Chocolate Chips are not White Chocolate. I will die on this hill.

The only white chocolate I ever had growing up was in the form of white chocolate chips, or as a coating on cheap candy. I’ve never been a fan. It’s waxy and kinda funky tasting to me.

But a few years ago I was researching white chocolate for this Penuche Fudge recipe, and discovered that White Chocolate Chips are not made from white chocolate; it is mostly sugar and palm kernel oil.

chopped white chocolate on a cutting board

The only way to know if you have REAL white chocolate is if Cocoa butter is listed in the ingredients. There is no brand of white chocolate chips that has Cocoa butter in the ingredients (this is because real white chocolate is too delicate to hold its shape as a chocolate chip.)

4 bars of premium white baking chocolate on a cutting board

I like to use chopped Ghirardelli Premium Baking White Chocolate for these cookies, and any other cookie recipe that calls for white chocolate. The flavor, texture, and smoothness of the melted chocolate is absolutely incomparable to white baking chips. But still, I know people will ask…

Can I substitute white baking chips for white chocolate?

NO. I mean fine, I guess you can. They will still be great cookies. But they will not have reached their full potential! White chocolate baking chips are made from sugar and palm kernel oil and other solidifiers that help them maintain the chip-shape. They do not melt well and are rather chalky. They are a cheap and sugary substitute for the real thing. A high quality bar of white chocolate that you chop yourself is going to be infinitely better.

How to make White Chocolate Chip Cookies

First we’re going to start out with some butter. This recipe calls for a weird amount, 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup. Just use one stick of butter and then use a knife to cut a second stick on the 1/3 cup marking.

stick of butter on a counter with another stick on top cut in half

Don’t be a Crisco hater

Next up is some Crisco. Now don’t you turn your nose up at me! I know you are thinking that butter has got to be better, but hear me out: Butter brings the flavor. Crisco brings the texture. The SOFT texture, that is. Cookies made with all butter are going to be crispy and dry on day two. Cookies with a little bit of shortening are still going to be soft. This is why almost every bakery cookie you will ever try is going to have at least some shortening in it. The product simply lasts longer. Not that we need these cookies to last forever; right out of the oven they are going to have a softer texture than a cookie made with all butter.

package of crisco on a countertop, cut in half

And as my final defense for Crisco, I will remind you that Oreos are made from shortening. Are you going to stop eating Oreos anytime soon? Didn’t think so. All things in moderation, my friend.

Can you use all butter in these cookies? Yes totally! They will be delicious! Not quite as soft and puffy as this recipe though.

butter and crisco creamed together in a stand mixer

Here is our butter and Crisco, all friendly and creamed together. There are still a few lumps and that’s okay, they will come out when we add the sugar.

butter, crisco, and sugar creamed together in a stand mixer

See? Here is the dough beaten with both kinds of sugar for a few minutes. Mix it nice and long (a couple minutes) to beat in lots of air! This helps our cookie rise and helps distribute the fat.

dry ingredients on top of wet ingredients in a stand mixer for cookie dough, plus flour and other ingredients on the side

We are using whole wheat flour AND all purpose flour for this recipe. I love the texture and weight that comes from using whole wheat flour! It really gives another dimension to these cookies. We are not using whole flour to make these cookies healthy. (Did you see the 16 ounces of chocolate we are adding, hello.) You can easily sub all purpose flour if you’re not feeling it.

partially mixed cookie dough in a stand mixer

Don’t forget to add in some cinnamon! I love that extra bit of spice it brings! You can totally leave it out if you want, but I feel like it adds a great contrast to the white chocolate. Beat in the flour, but don’t overdo it. You still want to see flour streaks when you add in the white chocolate.

adding white chocolate from a cutting board to a stand mixer

Chop it up and add it in! I used 12 ounces of chocolate in the dough, and reserved a full 4 ounce bar for pressing into the tops of the cookies. But I have made these with just 12 ounces of chocolate total, and they are still great. 16 ounces is kind of a lot of chocolate (no regrets). And I get it, real white chocolate is expensive!

cookie scoop on a baking sheet with cookie dough balls

Here’s about how big I make these cookies. If you are doing them large like I do, place about 8 cookies on a pan. You can fit up to 12 if you shape the cookies smaller (just be sure to decrease the bake time!)

cinnamon white chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper

Then, right after taking them out of the oven, be sure to use a spoon or spatula to nudge the edges of the cookies toward the center. See more details about this technique in my Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. I “spoon” almost every cookie that comes out of my kitchen these days. It is the easiest hack for getting your cookies richer, fudgier, and taller in the middle, with edges that don’t get too crispy. And bonus, it makes them perfectly round.

Can you freeze White Chocolate Chip Cookies?

You can freeze this dough and bake later! I like to shape the dough into balls and store them in a ziplock bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. I never thaw cookie dough before baking. Just bake straight from frozen and add a couple minutes to the bake time. Voila! You can also freeze the baked cookies. Seal in a ziplock bag and let thaw at room temperature. A 10 second zap in the microwave never hurt anybody either!

cinnamon and white chocolate cookies with a bite taken out

I seriously hope you get to try out these cookies soon! Embrace the white-chocolate-whole-flour love! Happy weekend!

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Britta's White Chocolate Chip Cookies

These White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cinnamon are my new favorite dessert! A soft and tender cookie, lightly spiced with cinnamon, with a ton of chopped white chocolate folded into the dough. The key to this recipe is using real chopped white chocolate instead of baking chips. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening*, I like Crisco
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour**, spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 & 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 16 ounces Premium Baking White Chocolate***, divided. This is four (4-ounce) bars of white chocolate, see note

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a few baking sheets with parchment paper, or line with a silicone mat.
  • Make the dough. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup butter for 2 minutes until smooth, scraping the sides and bottom a few times in between. This is one stick of butter plus 1/3 cup, you can just cut your stick of butter at the 1/3 cup line (see photos).
  • Add 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening, or regular shortening will do. (You can also replace this with butter, see note!) Beat well into the butter, trying to get out most of the lumps.
  • Add 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup packed brown sugar. Beat for another 2 minutes, taking the time to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl in between. Your butter and sugar should be light and fluffy with no chunks of butter.
  • Add 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat well, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • Add 2 cups whole wheat flour but don't mix it in yet (make sure you spoon and level your flour).
    Add 1 cup spooned and leveled all-purpose flour.
  • Use a small spoon (I use my teaspoon) to stir 1 and 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt into the flour. Gently beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Don't overdo it. There should still be flour streaks when you stop your mixer. Use a spatula to scrape down the edges of the bowl.
  • Chop 12 ounces of white chocolate. I like to have varying sizes of white chocolate, anywhere from the size of a dime to the size of a quarter. If you want, you can chop the remaining 4 ounces of white chocolate now and set aside (it's for pressing into the tops of the cookies. Or you can just toss it into the dough and mix it in! Either way.)
  • Add 12 ounces of white chocolate to the cookie dough and beat it in gently. Do not over mix the dough. You want all the flour streaks gone and to make sure all the ingredients are combined, but once that is done, stop mixing. Over mixing dough = tough cookies.
  • Use a large cookie scoop or a spoon to shape the dough. I like dough balls that are about 1 and 1/2 to 2 inches across (if you want smaller cookies, that's fine! Decrease the bake time.)
    Place cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheet with about 2 inches in between them. I can usually fit between 8-12 cookies on an 11x17 baking sheet. If they are very large, do 8 cookies on a pan.
  • Bake the cookies at 350 for about 10-12 minutes, until the edges are a very light golden and the edges have set. It's ok if the centers of the cookies (no more than the size of a quarter) are still shiny. The rest of the cookie should be matte.
  • Shape the cookies. Immediately after taking the cookies out of the oven, use a spoon to push the edges of the cookies toward their centers. This makes the cookies round in shape and makes the center thicker and more chewy. You have to do this within 30-60 seconds of taking them out of the oven, before the edges harden. See my Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe for more details about this technique!
  • While the cookies are still warm, press the remaining 4 ounces of chopped white chocolate into the top of each cookie.
  • Remove the cookies to a wire cooling rack and let cool. But you better eat at least one warm. With milk. Live your best life!
  • Freezer instructions: You can freeze this dough and bake later! I like to shape the dough into balls and store them in a ziplock bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. I never thaw cookie dough before baking. Just bake straight from frozen and add a couple minutes to the bake time. Voila!

Notes

*You can replace the 1/2 cup Crisco with butter if you want! Your cookies won't be quite as soft but they will still be totally delicious.
** You can replace the whole wheat flour with regular all purpose flour!
***I like to use Ghirardelli Premium Baking White Chocolate. Can you use white chocolate chips? You can, but it won't be as good. White chocolate chips are not actually white chocolate; it is mostly sugar and palm kernel oil. You will know you have REAL white chocolate if Cocoa butter is listed in the ingredients. There is no brand of white chocolate chips that has Cocoa butter in the ingredients (this is because real white chocolate is too delicate to hold its shape as a chocolate chip.) Read more about white chocolate in my Penuche Fudge Recipe! And also, you can make these cookies with only 12 ounces of chocolate if you want. 16 ounces is kind of a lot (no regrets) but real white chocolate is expensive! 

Nutrition

Calories: 259 kcal, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 14 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 29 mg, Sodium: 180 mg, Potassium: 94 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 23 g, Vitamin A: 181 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 44 mg, Iron: 1 mg