Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

filed under: Cookies on December 1, 2009

This is one of my most favorite cookies I have ever made.  It’s got an amazing depth of flavor… sweet and spicy, soft and chewy. Looking for more cookie recipes? Try my Sugar Cookie Recipe, Snickerdoodles, and Christmas Cookies!

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

I entered these cookies in a Baking Competition (a big one… over 500 participants!) and they won FIRST PLACE. I think the addition of the cranberry adds something so wonderful to the texture of these cookies, giving them just enough uniqueness to stand apart from the crowd. If you love a good spice cookie, I think you will enjoy these!

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie Recipe

These cookies spread quite a bit while baking, so you end up with a crisp cookie on the outside with beautiful soft texture inside. They don’t taste like a heavy cookie, they are surprisingly light and refreshing! A perfect complement to eggnog or Christmas Tea or milk.

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Tips for success:

I use shortening in these cookies which I often call my “secret ingredient“. It really does something beautiful to these cookies in terms of texture. You can definitely use butter instead, but the texture will change.

You can use 2 teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie spice in place of the allspice and cinnamon. You can also substitute quick oats in this cookie, something I do often if I only have quick oats on hand.

How to Store and Freeze Cookies

  • Cool baked products completely before wrapping and freezing.
  • To protect flavor and prevent cookies from drying out, put them in freezer bags or plastic freezer containers with tight-fitting lids. Remove as much air as possible and seal tightly.
  • Label all packages with the name of the recipe and the date.
  • Freeze each different type of cookie in a separate container. Use waxed paper to separate layers of very soft, fragile, frosted or decorated cookies.
  • Freeze cookies for up to 6 months and cookie dough for up to 4 months.

These cookies would also fair with paired with white chocolate in addition to the dark chocolate.

4.41 from 5 votes
Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins

Big and beautiful, this cookie is perfect for the Holidays!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal cranberry cookies
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories: 417 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup whole oats
  • 1 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. (I bake these at 325°F in my convection oven.)

  2. In a medium bowl sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and allspice.

  3.  In a separate large bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine well.

  4. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  5. Then add oats, cranberries, and chocolate and combine by hand.

  6. Use 1/4 cup and scoop onto cookie sheet, you should get about 6 per sheet.
  7. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the top no longer appears wet.

  8. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

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  • National Cookie Network says:

    They sound amazing! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  • Jessica says:

    I LOVE the ones you dipped in chocolate. Oh, these are so up my alley.

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    Oh, I WILL try these!!! So pretty with the chocolate and sound delectable!

  • Londa says:

    Just found myself smiling and relating at your other blog…reading a magazine in the bathroom…then I flipped over to this blog…no more relating! You are awesome! I can’t even begin to imagine just making up a cookie recipe! Thanks for sharing your awesome baking talents! I can’t wait to try these!

  • Maria says:

    Your cookies look AMAZING! Glad I found your blog!

  • Liz says:

    They look amaZing! I’ll have to try them! Yumm-o!

  • BethieofVA says:

    Those look dynamite!

  • Kim says:

    Yummmmm…..can’t wait to try these. Can I substitute quick oats for whole oats? I already have a big cannister of them in my cupboard….thanks.

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    Yes, you sure can!

  • Lucy says:

    These look gorgeous – a couple of these beauties with a tall glass of milk and I’m about the happiest person ever! So pretty too 🙂

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    Thank you so much Lucy!! I love your blog… you are so inspiring to other young women!

  • Stephanie @ A Fine House says:

    Oh, those look so yummy! Wow, am I craving sugar right now. I sure do hope you will share this or another fabulous recipe with us on 12/15 at my Christmas Cookie Exchange at A Fine House.

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    I will sure try!

  • Lisa says:

    Oh my goodness. I think I have just stumbled upon my next endeavor! These look beyond yummy. Love your blog.

  • ElizaBeth says:

    OK, I’m thinking add chips to the batter AND dip/drizzle more on top….. Never can have enough chocolate, right? They look delish!!

  • Fiona says:

    Wow – what fabulous cookies. Looking forward to trying them out – thanks for sharing the recipe and congratulations on winning the national cookie comp this month – very well deserved!

  • Sue says:

    Wow, you just joined up, and you won the challenge! Congrats! Can’t get any better than that, and these cookies look great! YUM!

  • psp batterie says:

    Thank you so much for the recipe. I like oatmeal cranberry chocolate Cookies a lot. I have prepared them twice during birthday treats, though they did not turn out to be the best. But this time with your recipe, I hope I will make the best!

  • Rachael Ensom says:

    I just made them with white choc chips and drizzled choc on top. Soooo good!!! I’m going to write an entry on my blog about them!

  • Term Papers says:

    I’m very thankful to the author for posting such an amazing development post.

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    These look sooooo good! I love the half dipped cookie!

  • Paula says:

    With all that you have on your plate right now, I’m surprised (and delighted) that you found the time to make these cookies. They look delicious and you photographed them so beautifully.

  • naomi says:

    I love this. You had me at cookie. LOL. Seriously, great creation. Sounds like a fun group,

  • TidyMom says:

    Amanda these look and sound incredible!! I think I need to try some! I heart any thing dipped in chocolate!

  • Kristen says:

    Don’t those look lovely? Go ahead and send them on over! 🙂