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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 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


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

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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!!"

saw-whet User ID: 2849135 25704
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."

tealowl User ID: 7005564 21464
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 !!!!"

parish User ID: 306478 36362
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

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

Georgia Mom 46 User ID: 5733041 203315
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!!!!!"

ticosusie User ID: 6356520 35046
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

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

Very good"

weather_girl User ID: 4763655 88699
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."

happyian User ID: 3536641 88698
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2010

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

weather_girl User ID: 4763655 81825
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"My family absolutely loves these cookies."

dja1231 User ID: 1282622 30186
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."

Allspice_Mo User ID: 760690 88697
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"

saw-whet User ID: 2849135 28004
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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