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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies for Fall Baking

You’ll love the warmth and comfort of homemade cranberry oatmeal cookies! This is the perfect blend of tart berries and a chewy cookie. Enjoy this recipe for fall and Thanksgiving.

cranberry oatmeal cookies

Is there anything more inviting than the sweet aroma of freshly baked cookies wafting through the kitchen? Today, I’m excited to share with you a unique cookie recipe that has been a game-changer in my home: cranberry oatmeal cookies.

I promise that these are not your run-of-the-mill, everyday cookies. They’re a delightful fusion of tangy cranberries and hearty oatmeal, minus the usual suspects like white chocolate or nuts.

The journey to this recipe was somewhat serendipitous. I had a craving for something sweet, and a kitchen pantry that seemed like it was playing a game of hide and seek with my favorite ingredients.

All I had was a bag of dried cranberries staring back at me and a container of old-fashioned oats. And thus, the idea of cranberry and oat cookies was born.

What I love about these cookies is their simplicity. The cranberries offer a zesty pop that surprises your taste buds, while the oats bring a comforting, chewy texture that makes each bite deeply satisfying.

But let’s talk about the cranberries for a moment. In these cookies, they take center stage, adding a burst of tartness that cuts through the sweetness and makes your palate do a happy dance.

cranberry and oat cookies

And when paired with the wholesome goodness of oatmeal, these cookies strike a perfect balance between indulgence and healthiness.

They are for everyone who loves a good cookie. For the moms looking to sneak some oats into their kids’ diet, for the teens craving a late-night snack, or for anyone who just wants a delicious cookie that’s a little different from the norm.

So let’s embark on a baking adventure that promises to end with a tray of golden, cranberry-studded treats. And remember, this isn’t just about following a recipe; it’s about creating little rounds of joy that bring a smile to your face with every bite.

Check out the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments!

Tips for Making Delicious Cookies

Before you dive into this recipe, I’ve got some tips for you on making the best (and tastiest) cookies. If you’re interested, check them out. Otherwise scroll to the bottom for the peanut butter blossom recipe.

Use Quality Ingredients

Use high-quality, fresh ingredients for the best cookie flavor and texture. You’ll for sure want to get fresh eggs, good quality butter, and pure vanilla extract (instead of imitation).

Measure Precisely

Flour is often the main dry ingredient in these cookies. Measure using the scoop-and-level method, as adding too much flour can result in dry baked goods.

cranberry oat cookies

Bring Cold Ingredients to Room Temp

Bring ingredients like butter, and eggs to room temperature before mixing. They will incorporate better, resulting in smoother batter and soft cookies. They don’t need to be warm; slightly cool to room temp is fine.

Avoid Overmixing

Mix the batter just until ingredients are combined, or the dry disappears into the wet. Overmixing can result in tough cookies.

Chill the Dough

Chilling the cookie dough in the fridge for the specified time (or even overnight) before baking allows the flavors to meld and the fats to solidify. This results in cookies with better flavor and texture. It also prevents them from spreading too much during baking.

Look for Golden Edges

Unless the recipe says otherwise, the edges of the cookies should turn a golden brown while the center remains slightly soft. This balance ensures a chewy texture without overbaking.

Cool Before Transferring

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This helps them set and avoids them becoming too fragile and crumbling apart.

cranberry oat cookies recipe

Remember, practicing and experimenting will help you perfect your baking skills over time. Have fun and enjoy the process of creating delicious baked goods!

Here’s what you’re going to need for these cranberry and oat cookies.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

Tips and Thoughts for This Recipe

Feel free to use dark or white chocolate chips, chopped up chocolate bars, or any other type of chocolate you’d like. You really can’t lose.

cranberry oatmeal cookie recipe

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5-7 days.

I haven’t frozen these, but I would say you can for a few months. When you bring them out of the freezer, let them rise to room temperature naturally as opposed to microwaving.

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Get the printable recipe for these cookies below:

Yield: 23 cookies

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

cranberry oatmeal cookies

These cranberry and oat cookies are the perfect mix of tart and sweet! This chewy cookie recipe is quick and easy to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Bake Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.Brown sugar and butter in a clear glass bowl
  2. Add the egg and beat until fully incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.Adding to the egg and vanilla to the brown sugar butter mixture
  3. Slowly add flour, baking soda, and cinnamon to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.Dry ingredients added to the brown sugar mixture
  4. Fold in the oats and cranberries gently with a spatula.Cranberries and oats ready to fold into the dough
  5. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour in the fridge.Cranberry cookie dough ready to be chilled in the fridge
  6. Preheat your oven to 350℉ and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.Preheating the oven
  7. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie onto the cookie sheet, at least 2 to 3 inches apart.Six balls of dough scooped out onto a cookie sheet
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, or until slightly golden around the edges.Baked oatmeal cranberry cookies ona cookie sheet
  9. Remove cookies from the oven, then let cool on the sheet for a few minutes. Then move to a wire rack to cool completely.Cranberry oatmeal cookies cooling on a wire rack

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

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If you enjoyed this cookie recipe, let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to try some of these others cookies I think you will love:

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