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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Dotted with cranberries, orange zest 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
    6 dozen


  • 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 zest
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips


  • 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 zest. Stir in baking chips.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° until the edges are lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 89 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Tricia
    Dec 27, 2020

    I am not usually a cookie baker but these turned out delicious. I doubled the cranberries and left out the rains and white chocolate chips since they were not handy. I also used Trader Joes orange flavored cranberries which kicked them up. Definitely will make again

  • celliott
    Dec 19, 2020

    Wonderful without the raisins, but with the raisins only 3 stars.

  • Shari
    Dec 17, 2020

    sounds yummy

  • Zack
    Dec 18, 2019

    These cookies were quite crumbly and did not meet my expectations. Would not make them again.

  • lvarner
    Jan 1, 2019

    These cookies were very good. I loved the use of oatmeal in the cookie for added texture. I did not care for the raisins in combination with the cranberries so will probably leave those out next time. I also would like some additional crunch so will probably add in some chopped pecans the next time I make this recipe. The cranberry and white chocolate flavor combination worked very well! I loved the addition of the orange zest for additional complementary flavor. This is a very nice holiday cookie!

  • bernerlover
    Oct 22, 2018

    these were really good-I made a couple changes. I omitted the vanilla chips as I don't like them. I substituted 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. I also didn't add the raisins but did add about 1/4 cup more cranberries. Everything else was as is and I liked the way they turned out. Oops, I also made them larger. I never like it when a recipe calls for a teaspoon of batter, I always like using a tablespoon. I just cooked them longer. They were crunchy outside and soft inside.

  • DawnAble
    May 30, 2018

    A tasty cookie- I might make again. I only had jumbo eggs and that may be why I wasn't as thrilled with them as anticipated, as they were super soft. I don't like candy chips, so I went heavier on the fruit, keeping the cranberries and raisins, and adding a little over a cup of chopped dates. If I'd had pecans I would definitely have added 1/2 c or so. If I make these again and only have jumbo eggs I'll maybe add some coconut and/or a little extra oatmeal for some additional density. I was also peeved that the recipe failed to specify fresh or dried orange peel; all I had was Penzey's orange peel, so to be safe I only used 1 1/4 tsp, which was plenty. Baked at 375? for 10 minutes and they were just right, although I used a steel pan and an aluminum pan and discovered that the steel pan was better because the cookies didn't spread so much.

  • Janell
    Dec 9, 2017

    I made this exactly as the recipe stated (after the first batch I had to turn the oven down to about 360). They were AMAZING. No tweaks other than the temperature. I just found my go-to holiday cookie recipe!

  • Evell
    Dec 9, 2017

    No comment left

  • Emily
    Dec 2, 2017

    The base dough for this recipe is excellent. I used pistachios and fresh cranberries. I still had my oven set to 350 and forgot to change it.. but they turned out great anyway. One of the best cookies i've ever tasted.