Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies with fresh cranberries, oats, white chocolate chips and pecans. A delicious and simple holiday cookie recipe to add to your baking list that everyone will absolutely Love!
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Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
Cranberries were definitely the missing ingredient in chewy oatmeal cookies. It’s like they were meant to go together! Trust me when I tell you that this is one cookie recipe you’ll want to keep on hand for the holidays! This is one cookie recipe you don’t see too often at a cookie exchange. You just might get first prize!
How To Make Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
- Old Fashion Oats (NOT quick oats!)
- Fresh Cranberries
- White Chocolate Chips
- Brown Sugar
- Baking Soda
If you’ve ever made oatmeal raisin cookies you will notice that this recipe is very similar. You start by creaming butter and sugar, then adding one egg at a time and lastly the vanilla. In a different bowl, stir the flour, cinnamon, sugar and baking soda. Take that bowl and add the mix to your wet ingredients bowl.
When that’s all combined, you can fold in the chocolate, cranberries, pecans and oats.
Oatmeal Cookie Tips
- Don’t pack the flour. Be sure to scoop it gently and level it off evenly.
- Don’t over-mix. Once ingredients are mixed together stop without over mixing.
- Use softened butter. Like most cookies, don’t try and use cold butter. You can do this quickly by filling a glass with very hot water. Then once it has warmed the glass, pour it out and cover the stick of butter with the warm glass. This will soften the butter.
Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
- 1 cup butter room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup fresh cranberries quartered
- 1 cup pecans chopped
- 1 cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until creamy. Mix in eggs one at a time, then mix in the vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- Add flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and stir until well combined.
- Stir in oats, cranberries, pecans and white chocolate chips.
- Drop about a tablespoon of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet for each cookie leaving 2 inches of space between each mound of dough.
- Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until cookies start to brown around the edges. Cool on a cooling rack.
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149 comments on “White Chocolate Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies”
They all look great can’t wait to try
Great Recipe. Makes a good amount of cookies too! Yummy!
If you have extra or want to make in advance, can the cookies be frozen after baking?
I have baked and frozen these several times and they’ve come out great!
These are so good. Made a half batch with a lot of extra cranberries. A few days latter they were gone and made some more with dried cranberries. They had a more firm texture but were just as good.
Do you use the same amount of dried cranberries as you do fresh? Thank you in advance
These cookies are a hit with my family and friends. I make these all year round.
I made theses cookies and they were a hit! They just disappeared in about 20 minutes, so no picture to share. Thank you so very much for sharing this recipe
I made this for the holidays and they were a big hit. Some batches I made with walnuts and others with pecans. Both were delicious. I can’t seem to get fresh cranberries anymore, would this work with dried cranberries?
They were awesome…i didntnuse fresh cranberries I rehydrated cranberries came out great
These cookies were a big hit at my Christmas cookie party at work. No leftovers to bring back home. YUM!! I added zest of 1 orange and 1/2 c of coconut and they were DELISH. Thanks for posting this recipe. Will definitely be making these again.
These were better than expected and they look so pretty. All the flavors just pop. This will be a must every Christmas. So good!
My hubby who doesn’t like cranberries just said these may be the best cookies I have ever made!! Winner! I did make these with gluten free free oats and flour. I also added a bit of orange zest because I couldn’t resist! Yum! Thank you!
Hi there. Has anyone used walnuts instead of pecans?? What was the feedback?
found this recipe and made it for the cookie exchange party. They were a hit! My husband is crazy about them. Getting ready to make more today.
I Make These Every Christmas For The Last 20 Years, I Absolutely Love Them!! Compliments On These Everywhere I Take Them!!
Delicious cookies! I’ve made them twice now. Recipe is fairly forgiving as well. I made a bunch of cookies today and let the dough get too soft so they spread quite a bit, but they still taste great.
Yes you can use dried.
Very good. I added the zest of an orange. Will make them again
Amazing! Perfect as is.
I added the zest of one orange (and gave it a squeeze at the “add vanilla” step) in pursuit of that Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar flavour – success. A hearty, holiday drop cookie that gets you right in the taste buds!
Can you use dried cranberries?
Yes, you can used dried.
The cookies came out great I added the whole bag of white chocolate chip and probably a little over a cup of cranberries an extra vanilla and a little extra cinnamon but they were nice and chewy and and my husband couldn’t stop sneaking into him
One of my most favorite cookies! A little tart, and a little sweet. Perfect!
Fantastic cookies. New family favorite. Definitely going to make these again,
Made these for a Christmas party and they were a hit! Great recipe
Hi Tammy I notice the recipe says to quarter the cranberries but the video show whole cranberries going into the batter. What one did you do quartered or whole . Thanks
I’m trying these tomorrow only using regular flour. I’ll let you know if they work.
Not disappointed at all. Very good.
My husband’s new favorite!! Easy to make, delicious to eat!! Will be making these again…and again…and again!
I made your cookies this past week. I used fresh cranberries and milk chocolate chips(what I had on hand) They were a big hit. Definitely making them again.
I’ve made these many times and love them. Today I decided to bake them as a bar in a 9×13” pan. I sprayed the pan with Pam, lined it with foil that overhung the sides for ease of removal, and sprayed again. Baked for 20 minutes and they are delicious. The changes I made were to leave out the white chocolate chips, use dried cranberries rehydrated in OJ, then drained, and used 2 cups of oats because that’s all I had. I find making drop cookies tedious and this is definitely how I’ll make them from now on.
These were the best cookies I have ever made! I used craisins instead of fresh cranberries. The cookies were very hard to mix since there were not many wet ingredients. Excellent! I will make again.
I loved these, so easy to make and my family couldn’t get enough at Thanksgiving! My questions is how long will the stay after baking them?
Love these cookies! I made these following the recipe except I made them slightly smaller which then made more cookies and they were then in the size I needed for a cookie contest. I also reserved some extra white chocolate chips, cranberry, and pecan to place one of each on top of each cookie before I baked them. This made them picture perfect! I won second place! They are so festive looking for the holidays.
Friend baked these and they are absolutely delicious! I don’t normally like white chocolate but these are so good. She Did whole fresh cranberries. Don’t use the dried cannot even come close to the texture and flavor of the fresh! I will try mini chocolate chips variation but honestly try like it’s stated first!
Excellent recipe! The cut-up fresh cranberries add an extra dimension to these pretty cookies. I have already made 3 batches with many raves of compliments. Make it!
I made these for a Family Reunion the week before Thanksgiving. I used dried cranberries. They were a huge hit with all ages. Brought empty container home. These will be on my Favorite cookie list.
Does the recipe require cooking the cranberries before adding to the recipe?
No, just quartered fresh cranberries added.
love these cookies i am a little confused about the recipe most call for packed brown sugar and you do not say .
Yes, 1 cup packed brown sugar.
Can you omit the nuts?
Yes, you can omit the nuts without changing anything else.
These are amazingly wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing & making available on your website!! Perfect for Thanksgiving goodies for tomorrow. (I have also made these with sweetened dried cranberries & they’re still very good. Although I do like the slight tartness of the fresh cranberries better, but in a pinch I used the dried cranberries 🙂 )
Planning on making these….has anyone used craisins instead of fresh?
Good cookies! Used mini chocolate chips instead of the white chocolate. Big Hit! toasted my pecans too Yum it’s a keeper
Good cookies! Used mini chocolate chips instead of white chocolate chips. Big hit!!!
These cookies were easy to make and were a HUGE hit with my husband and his hunting friends. Definitely holding on to this recipe for the future!
Looking forward to adding these to this year’s cookie boxes. Do they freeze well?
Yes, they freeze fairly well.
Just made these. So awesome hot and gooey right out the oven.
I followed the recommandation of using coconut sugar and toast the pecan!
I made these as written & they were really good! However, that’s a lot of butter. Can I do 1/2c butter & 1/2c applesauce?
I made these for Xmas and they are just delicious. Very tasty and will definitely make them again. My neighbour’s sweet tooth certainly agrees.
Love this recipe exactly as presented. My family, friends and coworkers, all love these cookies. I have been making the same cookies for years and am thrilled to have a new one. My daughter says they are the perfect combination of flavors. Thank you.
Husband won’t stop eating them LOL
So I melted the butter too much and the dough was not as solid so I baked the first batch about 5 minutes longer and then put the remaining dough in the fridge for about 30 minutes and then they baked great after that. Christmas week all the white chocolate baking chips were wiped off the shelf so I bought a full size white chocolate bar and chopped it up. Worked great. Bought fresh cranberries from the produce section of the grocery store and cut them in to quarters.
Sorry! And coconut sugar was subbed for all sugar
Oh, also subbed Bob’s Red Mill gluten free 1 for 1 flour in place of regular flour
Thank you for this! I was looking for a way to make this gluten free
These are excellent! I made some healthy changes: Used gluten free old fashioned oats, Lily’s sugar free white chocolate chips, ghee in place of butter, dried cranberries rehydrated in apple juice, and toasted my pecans prior to adding them. I baked them on parchment covered cookie sheets. My oven runs a bit hot so my cookies were done in 8 minutes. A definite keeper!
These yummy cookies were a BIG hit in the neighborhood. I passed out a few with each Christmas card and everyone loved them. Of course I saved some for me…
Just finished making these and they are excellent! Only changes I made was adding zest from one orange (because that was flavor profile I was originally looking for); subbed walnuts for pecans; and used dried cranberries in lieu of fresh or frozen (mainly because other recipes I was considering used them and I didn’t notice this one calling for fresh). That may have made my batter a bit drier than intended but they do not taste dry at all. Also, I did not experience any issues with them spreading. I ended up with a bit more than 7 dozen rather than 4 dozen using a tablespoon cookie scoop so I’m guessing original recipe may actually make larger cookies. Mine are 2” cookies after baking with nice thickness
These are excellent! I make them exactly as instructed. Everyone loves them and I now make them every year!
These are absolutely delicious and hit the spot! I saved the recipe and will definitely be making it again.
Made the and they tasted great, but ended up really flat. Any suggestions?
Dave, it could be that your butter was too soft. Next time, make sure your butter is not real soft, and you also might want to put them in the fridge for about an hour before baking.
These are fantastic! I would recommend them to anyone and my whole family loved them. Thanks for sharing!
Thought I would give this a try because I had some fresh cranberries I didn’t want to go bad. I made two minor changes. I added about a teaspoon of orange zest and 2 cups of cranberries, instead of one This is a keeper. Absolutely delicious and not too sweet. Thank you for your recipe.
Thanks for the recipe. Turned out very good and will use again. I used one cup of Craisins and one cup of coconut.
This is now my go to cookie. I don’t use the chips. I use dried cranberries rehydrated with the juice of an orange and also add the zest to the batter. (If you rehydrate, drain the cranberries before adding to the batter.). I bake one batch, and freeze the rest of the dough balls. They are awesome baked frozen…same temp, but 2 or 3 minutes longer in the oven. Thanks for a great cookie. With oatmeal, I don’t feel guilty eating them for breakfast!
Loved it! I made this recipe today and came out really good. I made it with dry cranberries and walnuts. I also added a bit of dark chocolate. Next time I’ll reduce the sugar as it was a bit too sweet fir my taste. Nevertheless this recipe is a keeper. Thank you for sharing.
Hi! These cookies are wonderful. How do you store these cookies? Do they need to be refrigerated or can they stay in a container on the counter?
Yummy cookies! So delicious, the best flavor combination! I did use quick oats and dried cranberries in my recipes.
Yummy cookies! I used dried cranberries and a mix of both regular and white chocolate chips. These cookies are wonderful! Next time I plan to try using cherries instead of cranberries. The recipe makes a great traditional oatmeal raisin cookie too (minus the chocolate)
Would the cookies turn out ok if I used quick oats versus old fashioned oats?
Quick oats will result in a much drier cookie. I would not recommend quick oats.
These were perfect! I subbed pistachios for the pecans and they were perfection!
These are so incredibly delicious! I followed the recipe, but used dried cherries and walnuts. Next time I make these I may cut back on the sugar (since there is sugar in the chips) by omitting the white sugar. It’s nice that you really only need to place them about an inch apart on the cookie sheet because they don’t spread much. I baked them on a silicone cooking sheet and they turned out just perfect at 12 minutes. What I especially like about this recipe is that it makes a lot of cookies! I used a standard cookie scoop and got just over four dozen.
I make these all year long. Friends and family love them
I use dried cranberries.
Started making these in November, and now it’s my go to cookie recipe. It’s everyone’s favorite!
Could you use blueberries
Hi Suzanne! That sounds wonderful as well. We also have a Blueberry White Chocolate Cookie recipe on our site that you might want to check out. They are delicious!
Just made these cookies and they are delicious! I didn’t have fresh cranberries in hand, so I used dried sweetened cranberries.
Will definitely make them again.
Can margarine be used instead of butter?
Hi Diane, YES!
Made these today, added zest as well as juice from one orange, used chopped almonds instead of pecans and used the whole bag of white chips. Used an ice cream scoop to portion cookie dough and then slightly flattened them before baking. AMAZING!
Wonderful cookie recipe! Pecans improve flavor of similar cookies I’ve had before. I did sub half Crisco for 1/2 of butter, as I wanted to be sure of a soft and chewy texture.
We LOVE these cookies. I have brought them to several gatherings and everyone wants the recipe. Couldn’t find fresh cranberries, so used dried ones, chopped a little.
I found the batter hard to mix with a mixing spoon and ended up using my hands…like kneading dough!
Also, it made closer to 58 cookies.
My husband always takes baked goods into work and shares. He said these were to good to share. This is a great cookie.
This is my favorite cookie!! My friend sent me this recipe to bake for Christmas. Everyone loved them! I have baked them 4 times since Christmas!
For those asking/commenting, I took it to mean the batch makes 48 cookies and the #’s are for one cookie. Yes?
These cookies were delicious! Followed the recipe exactly, wouldn’t change a thing.
How many cookies does this recipe make? Love your recipes! Merry Christmas and thanks!
I used craisins instead of fresh cranberries. They are delicious! I definitely will make them again. I may try fresh cranberries next time. ♥️
These were an absolute favorite. Don’t forget to refrigerate the dough.
Had to bake mine for 14 mins and DEFINITELY grease the cookie sheet! So good and yummmy!
thanks for the info, i had to bake mine longer too but they are fantastic. I also added coconut to mine.
I am not the best at making cookies, but these came out AMAZING!!! Really great recipe!
Oh my gosh these are difinatly a keeper they scream Christmas .my husband said there the best cookies he’s ever ate!
Great recipe a five + star. Thank you for sharing.
My new favorite cookie. Delicious
My favorite cookie.
Made for my Wife or Her request..They are tasty and Soft..Good Recipe..thxs
Can you make dough and refrigerate for day until need to bake them
Made these cookies they were easy and tasted awesome
The cookies look and smell delicious. I can hardly wait for them to cool. My one question was about the nutritional info. It says a serving is 48 cookies. Ah if only lol. What is it supposed to be? Thanks.
Do I use self rising flour or all purpose flour?
Love this recipe! Couldn’t keep my husband out of the cookie jar OR the freezer!
These cookies are awesome! They are easy, and oh so yummy. They are going on my Christmas cookie trays for sure.
Very good cookie. I chopped up half of the chips and left the other half whole. I also used dried cranberry and walnuts. A fun cookie to make. I also pressed the cookie down with a sugared glass bottom before baking to give cookie a slight sheen
These are the best oatmeal cookies evcer!! I made a batch a couple days ago & only made half the amount of cookies because my family kept sneaking bites of the cookie dough. These cookies were soft and delicous!!
Can this be converted to a bar recipe rather than cookie ? I hate to make cookies. Thanks
Perfect in every way!! I baked mine about 8.5 minutes and that was perfect.
I made these cookies, taste is great but they came out very flat. I did cool my dough, got any tips
I made these to freeze ahead for my Christmas Cookie Trays. I used dried craisins instead of fresh cranberries and I omitted the nuts due to allergies. These were absolutely amazing. I am so glad I found this recipe. They will definitely be included in any cookie baking I do from here on out!
I just made these cookies, they are delightful! I was wondering how they would do if I froze them? I noticed you said you froze them, how were they after being frozen? This recipe is awesome! I also used dried cranberries!
I froze them, actually would eat them right out of the freezer. They were just as good!
Going to try these but use dried cranberries because I have so many. I hope the moisture level is still ok
Also inquiring if I can use dried cranberries!!
Yes! We prefer fresh, but you can also use dried and these will still be wonderful.
Just made these cookies. I love them! They are so yummy!!
I made these cookies right by the recipe and they are one of the best cookies I have eaten in a long time. I need to hide them, I can’t stay away. This recipe is a keeper for me!!
Thank you for sharing it on Pinterest.
also want to know if I can use dry cranberries…thx
These are absolutely delicious! How do you store them after they cool? Mine were perfectly crisp on the bottom and soft in the middle but became very soggy after a night in an airtight container.
The cookies are delicious, I love the fresh cranberries . What is the best way to.store these?
I have not tried this yet but close in another recipe and delicious
The nutrition says 1 serving is 48 cookies. That can’t be right. What is a true serving that equals 110 calories?
Yum! These would be perfect for Christmas. Thanks I’ll give them a try.
The nutritional label show 48 cookies as 1 serving. I’m sure that is a mistake. Is there any way you can update that? I am a diabetic so I really need to watch my carbs.
Can’t wait to try.
Can dried cranberries be used instead of fresh cranberries?
Looks great,,the per serving is that once cookie or for all 48
Great! Combination is delicious!
Can I use dried cranberries?
Could I use dried cranberries instead of fresh?
I actually use oceanspray craisins , plus I add some diced apples…..so good!
Please put a print option with recipes.
Hi Sheran, There is a print option right under the photo in the recipe box. thanks!
Can I use dried cranberries in this
Haven’t made this but would like too. Can frozen cranberries be used instead of fresh
Love the recipe!
These are Fantastic!
Just took my first batch out of the oven! My house smells amazing, these cookies are so good. I couldn’t wait till they were cooled to try one. Thank you so much for the recipe, it is one I will be adding to my holiday baking.