Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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Dotted with cranberries, orange peel and vanilla chips, these cookies are so colorful and fun to eat. They look lovely on a dessert tray and would be a great addition to your Christmas cookie lineup. —Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:72 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 72 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 89 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture. Stir in the oats, raisins, cranberries and orange peel. Stir in baking chips.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 6 dozen.
Originally published as Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies in Taste of Home October/November 1999, p33

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Msladj User ID: 9131345 265205
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2017

"These were yummy. I made them with cranberries and dark mini chocolate chips, a bit of coconut."

Peapod0114 User ID: 7145890 257493
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"Really good! easy to adapt for your own personal taste or if you don't have some ingredients which is usually really hard and dangerous when it comes to baking. I didn't have raisins, an orange to zest or white baking chips. So instead I omitted raisins all together, used mini chocolate chips, and used a bag of crasins I had in the pantry. The results were nothing short of spectacular. The only other thing I adjusted was the size of my cookie. Instead of doing rounded teaspoons I did rounded tablespoons so it didn't make as many cookies your yield would make 6 batches (12 cookies per batch) where mine had a yield of 4. If I would have added the raisins though I probably would have been at 5. Another wonderful thing I found with this recipe besides the taste was that it was all real easy, simple ingredients that most people would have at home and not have to run to the store for. So because of the taste, easy ingredients, and its adaptability I gave it a five star rating. Great job and thank you so much for sharing."

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 238884
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"After reading some of the previous reviews, I decided to substitute dried cranberries for the raisins. We thought the flavor combination of cranberries, orange and vanilla chips was fantastic!"

menkens User ID: 5877182 227051
Reviewed May. 27, 2015

"Omitted the raisins and forgot the orange! Substituted almond flavoring for vanilla -- used splenda and two cups of fresh cranberries quartered... very good because we like the tartness of cranberries. Just wish I could find mini vanilla chips because I think that would make them better texture wise!"

Susanmw User ID: 4914346 218334
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Left out the raisins. Really good flavor. Made these to go on the Christmas goodie trays for neighbors. Yummy and pretty cookies! Hubby really loved them."

Meckrem User ID: 8195947 216724
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"I thought they were a good blend of somewhat healthy (oats, fresh cranberries, raisins) and chocolate chips. I cut down the sugar a little, and they were still yummy enough to disappear quickly."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 214612
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"Very tasty. I did not have any raisins so added dried cranberries instead. A nice addition for those who do not like raisins. I noted that the amount of salt is not listed. I added 1/4 tsp of salt."

[email protected] User ID: 7167440 213926
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2014

"I have been making these cookies for well over 10 years. They are my most requested and popular Christmas cookie. They are just a delicious burst of flavor. I'm making some now!!!"

Pattie123 User ID: 7201190 59900
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"My husband and I make these cookies, minus the orange zest, plus walnuts. Delicious cookies for anytime. They are colorful for the holidays."

nightskystar User ID: 1034705 36363
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2014

"EXCELLENT cookies! I left out the orange zest as I dont care for orange flavor. Lovely soft and chewy cookies...will be making them again and again!! Also..I tried some with a browned butter glaze drizzle..out of this world!!"

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