These are HUGE Strawberry White Chocolate Cookies speckled with creamy and rich white chocolate chips and beautifully balanced with tart freeze-dried strawberries. Grab your baking essentials and let’s go!

Ingredients For These Strawberry White Chocolate Cookies

First things first, let’s get your heart and grocery list ready for these buttery disks of joy. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • salted butter (unsalted could work too, but salted is really a treat here!)
  • light brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • salt

Freeze-dried strawberries

white chocolate chips (Loved Ghiradelli best! ALDI’s were also good. Nestle wasn’t a fave but they’d work!)
Grab your cookie sheets, your parchment paper, all your hopes and dreams, and get ready for something special.

How To Make These Delicious Cookies

Here’s how they come together. We went all-in for about 9-12 giant cookies for this recipe but, of course, if you want to do sweet dainty little baby cookies instead of our jumbo ones, go for it!

Cookie batter. Combine the butter with the sugar until creamy. Next, egg and vanilla; mix until just combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined then fold in the white chocolate chips.

Crush the strawberries. Gently crush the pieces by hand into small chunks. Careful not to crush all the way into a powder. Fold those strawbs into the dough!

Roll and bake. We rolled them into about 9-12 larger dough balls and placed them on a parchment-lined baking sheet to bake for 9-11 minutes.
We veer on the side of under-baking (about 9ish minutes), so when you pull them out, they will be a little puffed. RESIST EVERY URGE IN YOUR SOUL and let them sit for just a few minutes so they can sink. You will be rewarded with soft, dense, tart-sweet little buttery medallions that will make you cry real tears.

What To Know About Freeze-Dried Strawberries

So here’s the deal on these little freeze-dried babies. They are a dream of a cookie add-in because they soak up moisture (read: all that delicious butter) and turn into buttery chewy little wonder bits. And who are we if not someone who appreciates a good butter vehicle? But because they soak up the moisture, it is important to not use too much flour!

A word on the flour. We recommend spooning the flour into the measuring cup to get the amount right so you don’t get cookies that are too puffy! You want them to be able to sink and get dense/soft/chewy/dreamy.

Gently crush into chunks, not powder. They will turn the cookies grey if you have too much of a powder (a little powder is unavoidable and totally okay!).

Can I use fresh strawberries? We wouldn’t! They’d be too wet. But if you try and get a different outcome, do let us know!
Where do I find these magical things? We have often found them at ALDI and Target, usually near all the other dried fruits. You can also order them on Amazon (affiliate link).

Other Uses For Freeze-Dried Strawberries

Well, now that you have a bag of these bad boys and are already sitting down enjoying a batch of these cookie greats and thinking, “Where else can I use these little gems?”, might we suggest…

plopped into a bowl of warm oatmeal

stirred into your yogurt for a different texture berry

you an overnight oats champ? we have an idea for you…

added to cold and creamy smoothie

Also, please do not underestimate just what weird and wonderful little snackers they are, so eating them by the pinchful is acceptable!

Make-Ahead Instructions

Do you have some people to wow after dinner next week or do you just want to have something ready to go when you inevitably at some point in the future wander into your kitchen at 10pm thinking “Ugh, why aren’t there cookies?!”

Well, here’s the solution:

Make the dough, roll it into balls and then freeze! That way they are ready to pop on the pan and bake whenever your heart shall call to them. Just give them a couple extra minutes of bake time from frozen.

If you want to bake them and not jump immediately on the bake-and-eat-all train like we do, you can keep them in an airtight container for a few days and they will still wow. (You could also store fully baked in the freezer the same way, and then maybe give them a quick zap in the microwave for your soft, buttery, enjoyment.)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup butter (I usually use salted), softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups and 2 tablespoons flour (see notes section for weight in grams)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2–3/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

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INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Using a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer, combine the butter with the sugars until creamy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla; mix until just combined.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt; mix until just combined.
  • Fold in the white chocolate chips. Crush the strawberry pieces gently by hand, not into powder but just into small chunks. Fold strawberry pieces into the dough.
  • Roll into balls (9-12 total) and bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 9-11 minutes depending on the size of your cookies. I usually do this in two batches. At 9-10 minutes, the cookies will be puffed up slightly – they’re not going to stay like that! You’ll want to let them sit out for a few minutes so they can sink back down and firm up into soft, dense, buttery, delicious little miracle cookies.

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