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Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

January 21, 2019 (Last Updated: November 4, 2019)

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Dried Cranberries in a traditional oatmeal cookie are delicious Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies.

Homemade cookies in a storage container.

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are very similar to a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie. I just substituted the dried cranberries for the raisins.  

It is surprising that since the cookie is still the same, the taste of the cookie seems to really change.

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie dough on a baking sheet ready for the oven.

I used dried, sweetened cranberries in these cookies. If you’d rather, you could add raisins. These would be delicious with chocolate chips too, but I didn’t want to get too carried away this time!

I already have an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I guess the next one I make will need to be a combination of the two cookies!

What ingredients do I need?

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Oats
  • Dried cranberries

A plateful of Cookies.

Tips for Making Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

  • Make certain your butter is at room temperature
  • Whip butter before adding any other ingredients
  • Mix in brown sugar until smooth and creamy
  • Use real vanilla, not imitation
  • Use Old Fashioned Oats – not quick cook oats. Old Fashioned Oats are thicker and hold together better in these cookies.
  • Add sweetened dried cranberries

Freshly baked oatmeal cookies.

How do I store these cookies?

  • Allow cookies to cool completely on a baking rack
  • Place cookies in an airtight container
  • Store at room temperature

Can I freeze Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies?

  • Allow cookies to cool completely on a baking rack
  • Place cookies in an airtight container or a freezer bag
  • Arrange cookies in a single layer
  • Place a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper on top of cookies and add another layer of cookies
  • Freeze container in a flat position
  • Cookies will last up to three months in a deep freezer

How do I thaw the cookies?

  • Remove cookies from freezer
  • Let sit for at least 2 hours at room temperature
  • Serve

My grandmother used to make batches of cookies and freeze them. She always had cookies to serve if anyone dropped over for a visit. My sister also freezes cookies, but not to serve to company. She likes to eat them frozen! She pulls out one at a time and eats them in their hard frozen state.

Other Great Cookie Recipes:

A small plate with freshly baked oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries.

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Oatmeal cranberry cookies piled on a white plate.

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5 from 7 votes
A small plate with freshly baked oatmeal cranberry cookies.
Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Oatmeal cookies with sweetened dried cranberries.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal cookies, oatmeal cranberry cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 130 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until soft and light. Add brown sugar and continue mixing.

  2. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

  3. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.

  4. Add oats. Mix just until combined. 

  5. Fold in dried cranberries.

  6. Form small scoops of cookies. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

  7. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.

  8. Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes on baking sheet and then remove to a baking rack to continue cooling. 

Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    December 8, 2019 at 11:58 am

    5 stars
    Even my picky eaters love these cookies! A new family favorite. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      December 8, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      Love it when you find something everyone loves! Thanks for leaving a comment! Happy baking 🙂

  • Reply
    August 3, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    5 stars
    These are my new favorite cookies. Soft and chewy and so good. Need to make more. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    • Reply
      August 3, 2019 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks, Kay! They are one of our favorites too!

  • Reply
    June 18, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    5 stars
    I just finished baking these and they are cooling but I had to sneak a couple. This will be my new cookie thing because it was very easy to make

    • Reply
      June 19, 2019 at 5:43 am

      Hi Dorothy! There’s nothing better than a delicious, easy to make cookie! I love eating them fresh out of the oven! 🙂 Happy Baking – Kathy

  • Reply
    Gina mac
    May 25, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Perfect! Thank You 😊

    • Reply
      May 25, 2019 at 11:17 am

      Thanks, Gina! Glad you loved them!!!

  • Reply
    March 12, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    5 stars
    Great easy recipe. Not too sweet which I like. I made them both with and without white chocolate chips. Both were yummy and didn’t last long!! 😋

    • Reply
      March 13, 2019 at 4:53 am

      White chocolate chips in these would be delicious! Thank you!!!

  • Reply
    January 26, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Mmmm. You should have gotten more carried away! I’ve been making oatmeal craisin chocolate chip cookies for years! The best!

    • Reply
      January 28, 2019 at 5:47 am

      I can tell I’m going to have to go make more cookies – and add the chocolate chips!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    January 23, 2019 at 6:13 am

    5 stars
    Great combo

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 22, 2019 at 4:32 am

    5 stars
    Eating frozen cookies? Well now I’ve heard it all! But I do love the idea of freezing small amounts of dessert so you can portion-control yourself. We do that with slices of cake. As far as these cookies go, I’m all in! A good oatmeal raisin cookie is my favorite cookie of all time. Seriously! These look fantastic, and I’d like to order a couple dozen please. 🙂

    • Reply
      January 24, 2019 at 4:19 pm

      I know…sometimes crazy things happen around here!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 21, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve been working hard at eating healthy so far in 2019, but it’s time for a cookie Kathy! And nothing beats a hearty, delicious oatmeal cookie. Love the added cranberries!

    • Reply
      January 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks, Mary Ann….some days we just have to let loose and eat a cookie! 🙂

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