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Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

January 21, 2019 (Last Updated: June 25, 2020)

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Dried Cranberries in a traditional oatmeal cookie are delicious Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies. This soft cookie is packed full of flavor and is perfect for eating right away or freezing for later.

Oatmeal cranberry cookies stacked on a white plate.

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 and an old fashioned iced oatmeal cookie recipe.  But there’s no such thing as too many cookie recipes! 

A plateful of Cookies.

Tips

  • 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

Freezing Cookies

These cookies are perfect for making ahead of time and freezing.

To freeze:

  • 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

To thaw: 

  • 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.

Homemade cookies in a storage container.

Other great cookie recipes:

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

Don’t forget to PIN for later!

 

Oatmeal cookies arranged in a glass storage container.

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If you loved this recipe you’ll LOVE all the others in this category. Check out all my desserts  and cookies here!

A small plate with freshly baked oatmeal cranberry cookies.

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Kathy
Oatmeal cookies with sweetened dried cranberries.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 130 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until soft and light. Add brown sugar and continue mixing.
  • Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
  • Add oats. Mix just until combined. 
  • Fold in dried cranberries.
  • Form small scoops of cookies. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.
  • Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes on baking sheet and then remove to a baking rack to continue cooling. 

Notes

Tips

  • 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

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 97mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 170IUCalcium: 13mgIron: 0.7mg
Keyword oatmeal cookies, oatmeal cranberry cookies
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

 

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    F. Fox
    November 18, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    5 stars
    My family is crazy about these cookies! Yummy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 18, 2020 at 3:12 pm

      That is so awesome! Thanks for leaving a comment and letting me know! 🙂

  • Reply
    Lupe b
    August 25, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Really easy I added walnuts but I will add a bit more sugar good with coffee

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 25, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      Nothing better than freshly baked cookies with a good cup of coffee!

  • Reply
    Ana
    April 14, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    5 stars
    I really liked them, they were delicious! Easy to prepare and good texture. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 14, 2020 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Laura
    February 29, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Really good flavor, but I think they could use a small amount of granulated sugar as well, they don’t spread out very much and they’re not very sweet, or you could use less oats. A really easy recipe though and you could totally add white chocolate chips or orange zest to really make them sing! Over all not bad at all.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 29, 2020 at 10:27 am

      Hi Laura,
      Thanks for your feedback. These cookies do not spread out like a chocolate chip cookie, and you’re right, they really aren’t that sweet.

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