Rhubarb Cookies

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Rhubarb Cookies are a fun twist to traditional oatmeal cookies that make a soft and chewy cookie with a wonderful flavor. Enjoy this rhubarb cookie recipe as is or topped with a cream cheese frosting.

Rhubarb Cookies with a bite taken out.

Rhubarb Cookie Recipe

If you love a good traditional cookie, these rhubarb cookies are for you. This cookie uses rhubarb along with other ingredients to make a soft and tasty cookie in under 15 mins. This is a cookie you can serve for any occasion and will be completely surprised by the unique and delicious flavor.

If you adore Rhubarb desserts as much as we do, you’ll also want to try this Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp.

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Key Ingredients You’ll Need

This cookie recipe requires basic ingredients. Other than the rhubarb, you most likely have everything you need in your kitchen.

  • Sugar: You will need brown sugar to put into the cookie batter for a rich flavor as well as powdered sugar to use in the frosting.
  • Flour: You will need all-purpose flour along with baking soda and baking powder to allow the cookies to rise in the oven.
  • Spices: Use cinnamon to add additional flavor and salt to bring out the flavor in the cookies.
  • Rhubarb: You will need to make sure that this is finely diced before adding to the batter.
  • Cream Cheese Frosting: Using softened cream cheese with butter and milk will give the frosting the perfect creamy and thick consistency.
Rhubarb Cookies stacked on top of each other.

How To Make Rhubarb Cookies

  • Step 1. Set the oven to 375 degrees. Add the brown sugar butter, and egg into a large bowl and combine. Put in the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and combine again until a dough forms before adding in the diced rhubarb. Mix all the ingredients until fully incorporated.
  • Step 2. Form the dough into balls using a 1-inch cookie scoop and arrange it onto a greased cookie tray. Place into the oven for 12-14 minutes or until fully cooked through. Let the cookies cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool thoroughly.
  • Step 3. In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese and butter and combine until fluffy. Put in the powdered sugar and vanilla and combine again until smooth. Pour in the milk as needed until you have a thick yet spreadable frosting.

What Is A Rhubarb?

A Rhubarb is a vegetable that is known for being used in cooking and baking. It is a thick leafy green stalk that can be reddish or green. The tang of rhubarb creates the perfect sweetness to desserts like pies, cookies, cakes, and sweet bread.


  • Flavoring – Add a teaspoon of vanilla or lemon extract to the batter for a nice twist of flavor.
  • Add Chips – Add white chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips.
  • Craisins – Add some cranberry raisins (Craisins) or raisins.
  • Nuts – Almonds, pecans, or shredded coconut
  • Other Fruit – Raspberries, apples, or strawberries are the perfect tart substitute for rhubarb or combined using half and half.

How To Store Rhubarb Cookies?

Place the cookies into an airtight container for the best storage method. You can store the leftover cookies in the fridge or freezer depending on how long you want them to last. They can last for up to 3 months in the fridge or freeze up to 1 year.

Rhubarb Cookies stacked with a bite taken out

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5 from 5 votes

Rhubarb Cookies

Rhubarb Cookies are a fun twist to traditional oatmeal cookies that make a soft and chewy cookie with a wonderful flavor. Enjoy this rhubarb cookie recipe as is or topped with a cream cheese frosting.
Servings: 12 cookies
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 14 minutes
Cool Time: 5 minutes
Total: 29 minutes


Cream Cheese Frosting (optional)

  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1–3 Tbsp milk as needed


  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • In a large bowl, beat brown sugar, butter, and egg together.
  • Add flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat well until dough forms.Add diced rhubarb and mix again.
  • Using a 1-inch cookie dough scoop, form balls of dough and place them on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes or until baked through.
  • Allow cooling on cookie sheet for 5 minutes.
  • Then place on a rack until cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Directions

  • Beat the cream cheese and the butter until combined and fluffy.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • Add milk as needed to get a spreadable consistency.

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Serving: 12g | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg


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7 comments on “Rhubarb Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    Love these with or without frosting! Would like to know how many calories in one cookie without the frosting.

  2. 5 stars
    Very easy to make, added handful of chopped walnuts as I like a little crunch in my cookies. Very tasty warm from the oven. No need for the frosting. I probably would frost if having company etc. excellent ❣️

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe looked so good! I copied it and my Niece and I made a double batch. Some for my Brother and Wife and some for us. They were yummy. The only thing I did different was I drizzled the frosting on instead of spreading it. So Yummy!! Thank You