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Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies


Studding chewy oatmeal cookies with cranberries gives them a bit of bright color and a slight tang. Any dried fruit can be substituted.

  • Yield: Makes 3 dozen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the vanilla, milk, and eggs. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low, gradually add milk mixture, and beat well. Add the flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Remove bowl from the electric mixer, and stir in the oats and cranberries. Place dough in the refrigerator until firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside. Shape 2 tablespoons of dough into a ball; place on one of the prepared sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough, placing 3 inches apart. Press with the bottom of a glass to flatten dough into 2-inch-diameter rounds.

  3. Bake until golden but still soft in center, 16 to 18 minutes, rotating halfway through. Remove from oven; transfer with parchment to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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  • carriehayw7184524
    26 APR, 2017
    This is a great cookie I added 1 cup of dark chocolate chips.
  • msdevans14369g
    22 JAN, 2017
    These are the very best cookies!!! My family loves them. I make a batch with dried apricots as well. Adding a few chocolate chips or white chocolate chips is also a good variation. I use Chinese All Spice instead of cinnamon, Yummy!! Enoy!!
  • kmfrye153511
    24 FEB, 2016
    Can I add white chocolate chips to this recipe? If so, how many?
  • Swasian35
    14 JAN, 2014
    Baked these cookies with great trepidation because they sounded healthy -- oatmeal, cranberries. These are D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. I will eat one of these kind of like a pick-me-up bar. They stay tender and it's hard to eat just one. I will definitely make these again! Thanks Martha -- sorry I doubted you. Now, if only you would respond to questions presented by your followers on this website. I've seen folks ask question only to find them waiting...
  • Taran-Malhi
    7 SEP, 2013
    Just baked these cookies and last batch is still in the oven. The house smells divine and the cookies are sooo delicious and perfect. I used quick oats and reduced the baking time to 14-15 mins only. This recipe is a keeper. The cookies are firm enough on the outside and soft on the inside. I found all the ingredients just went so well together and not oversweet at all. I totally recommend to give it a try if you are still thinking.
  • SKS
    20 JUN, 2013
    This is one of my oldest and most favorite cookie recipes, and I still have this special holiday cookie issue on my bookshelf! It's simple but so good, and I like the dried cranberries with the oatmeal over more typical raisins.
  • littlefeetoffury
    10 MAY, 2012
    This is definitely my boyfriend's FAVORITE cookie recipe now! The cranberries REALLY make the oatmeal cookie amazing :) The only difference probably is that I didn't "smoosh" mine down as much, so they were slightly thicker. I also found that 12 minutes was the magic baking number when it came to baking time. :)
  • MS11842201
    20 NOV, 2011
    Long story short...I love an all natural cranberry orange instant oatmeal from target. So I zested an orange and used the juice to soak the cranberries before I began step 1. I then followed the recipe (upping the salt and cinnamon to 1 teaspoon and using dark brown sugar). Before adding the cranberries I drained them well then added them with the zest. They came out amazing!!! A great rich flavor with surprising tart berries and rich warm winter scents. Perfect. Perfect Perfect.
  • GrammiePnut
    9 OCT, 2011
    the addition of some orange zest would be wonderful as well!
  • Sandra7824
    26 JUN, 2011
    This cookie is very good. It has become a family favourite. :)