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Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are made with dried cranberries. These cookies are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.

Dried Cranberries in a traditional oatmeal cookie

Oatmeal Cranberry 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. I think 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!

A plateful of Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies.

Tips for Making Oatmeal 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.
  • Use sweetened dried cranberries

Freshly baked oatmeal cranberry cookies.

To Store Cookies:

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

To Freeze 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

To Thaw 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 cranberry cookies.

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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*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Potassium 45mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.4%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    March 12, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    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

    Great combo

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

    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!

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

    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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