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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD:72 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 89 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 50 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Reviews for Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

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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!"

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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!!!"

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."

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!!"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013 Edited Feb. 2, 2015

"These are excellent. This is a soft, chewy cookie with a wonderful blend of sweet and tangy flavors. One of my favorite TOH cookie recipes."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"I dug out a 2008 issue of "Best Loved Cookies & Bars" to start my holiday baking. Found this recipe and made them today. I have never felt the need to write a review, until now. These cookies are yummy! and I'm not a star baker :) The orange zest brings all the ingredients together. If I can make these cookies so can you !!!! Enjoy and thanks Pat for sharing your recipe. Now, I think I'll have to make more, cause my husband just walked out with 2 dozen of them for meeting :) Happy Holidays !!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"These cookies have become a tradition at Christmas. Always on the gift cookie trays."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"This recipe is excellent. My son's teenage friends "beg" me to make these. I also made them for my mother-in-law to take to her 50th High School reunion (10 dozen) and there wasn't a one left. I'm making them today to take to her house for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Excellent, excellent recipe!!!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"I used dried cranberries, left out the raisina and I added 1 tsp of cinnamin.

Very good"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"This recipe is one of my favorites. The cookies are easy to make and they are always a hit whenever I make them."

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2010

"I have made these cookies for every Chrismas gathering and throughout the year. Wonderful!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"My family absolutely loves these cookies."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"When I found this in TOH many years ago, I made them to take with me to a Thanksgiving dinner. They were a big hit. I have made them off and on since then."

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2008

"Are these a crisp or cakelike cookies. DH prefers the Crisp ones or maybe crisp on outside and chewy inside. thanks"

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2008 Edited Feb. 2, 2015

"These are excellent. This is a soft, chewy cookie with a wonderful blend of sweet and tangy flavors. One of my favorite TOH cookie recipes."

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