Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Soft chewy brown sugar oatmeal cookies with sweetened dried cranberries. A chewy and hearty oatmeal cookie that everyone will love!
You know how I love a good cookie. That's basically the understatement of the year -- I am obsessed with COOKIES. Without a doubt, cookies are my favorite food in the world. But I am not going to waste my calories on mediocre cookies -- they need to be out of this world good.
These Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries are the perfect chewy oatmeal cookie. This isn't some dry, hockey puck oatmeal cookie. I want my oatmeal cookies to be soft and chewy every time! I can't put these oatmeal cookies down!
The beauty of this cranberry oatmeal cookie is that I convince myself I could eat it for breakfast. It is hearty enough with the rolled oats to feel like a sweet breakfast treat or perfect for a snack while hiking.
What is the key to making the Best Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies? It is all about the ratios of butter, sugar, flour, and oats. It can't have too much flour and oats to be too cakey or dry. It needs to be buttery with the perfect balance of sweetness. I reach for a ratio of more brown sugar to sugar since brown sugar creates a chewier texture while sugar gives those coveted crisp edges. You need both to create the perfect balance!
I use rolled oats because they hold up better in these cookies than quick-cooking 5-minute oats. But you can use either one in these oatmeal cookies! I also reach for sweetened dried cranberries, like Craisins, because of their sweet chewy texture pairs well with the hearty oatmeal.
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Made these today, a big version and a small one. I did heat steep my Craisins in 2 T Orange concentrate till plump and OJ concentrate absorbed. Adds a bit of moisture and flavor to cookie. Used a 1/8 cup measure scoop for the big ones and a 2 T scoop for the small ones. The large ones baked perfect for 9 minutes, turned the sheet pan and baked 6 minutes more. Large ones bake about 4 inches across-only put 6 dough “ blops” on pan. The small ones baked perfect at 9 minutes without turning the sheet pan of 20 dough “blops”. Also added 3 T of dark brown sugar instead of 2 T. These are YUMMY! After completely cooling for several hours they are crisp edged and tender chewy centers. This is now my absolute go-to recipe for this cookie.
A Delicious cookie, I omitted the white sugar and it’s the best oatmeal cranberry cookie recipe I have made or tasted. Thank You !!
Really excellent recipe! I’ve used many oatmeal cookie recipes over the years so didn’t need a new one. But the fact you included the dried cranberries I prefer to raisins made me try this. Also, oven set to 365° helped me find the recipe online again when I wanted to make them again. I also added some chopped walnuts to mine. I require nuts in most cookies. Also read recently that eating walnuts can reduce stress. Since cookies already help us cope it’s stress this is definitely a plus. Thank you for nice recipe.
Made these this afternoon. Very good!
These are sooo good, I used an extra tsp of vanilla and added a bit of orange zest! Delicious!
Wonderful cookies! Great soft cookie with a buttery flavor.
I made these cookies and my family went crazy. Said they were the best cookie I have ever made! I have to make them every two weeks. Made them several times for Xmas cookie exchanges & yes, they were the favorite! Thank you so much for this recipe! Just an Amazing Cookie!
I love this recipe. I'm an oatmeal cookie fan. It's always my choice and I find that many recipes can be dry. Ew! I made these with a mixture of cranberries, blueberries, and golden raisins I had in my pantry and wanted to use up. They're a big hit! Thanks 🙂
These are some of the best cookies I ever made, absolutely delicious!!! I had about 1/4 bag of dark chocolate chips leftover over and I chopped them up and added them also
Especially good as I used Ocean Spray dried cranberries infested with cherry juice. An absolute keeper!
I printed out directions for oatmeal cranberry cookies and in the instructions #2. It says add eggs and vanilla and cream for 1 minute longer? There is no cream in list of ingredients?
I just noticed the cream listed in instructions line 2.......have you made them??????
No I have not made any yet! waiting to hear if the cream is missing from list? or there should not be cream in directions? If there is how much?
Hi Darlene! There is no cream in the recipe. 🙂 "Cream" is a verb in baking and technically, "cream" or "creaming" means mixing butter and sugar together on a moderately high speed until well blended, fluffy and pale yellow. I hope this helps!
Julie B Foulk
Most likely it means cream(blend)together
The cream is from creaming the sugar and butter first — that is the cream you add the rest too!
I believe that "cream" is a verb in this case.
Just means to “mix” not as in the cream like heavy whipping cream. That was my first initial thought, then realized not “ the food cream” MIX together an additional minute. Food for thought! Lol
You are to cream together the eggs and vanilla.
I couldn't wait to try these cookies because I love any cookie with raisins or cranberries, but I wasn't sure my kids would go for them because they aren't raisin lovers like I am. But big surprise.....they loved these cookies and so did my husband. I made them this afternoon and there are only a few left - so I will be making them again soon. Like maybe tomorrow! Ha