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White Chocolate Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

These White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are chewy, sweet and so easy to make. Thick oatmeal cookies sweetened with brown sugar and packed with cranberries and white chocolate!

Raise your hand if you LOVE oatmeal cookies! I’ve been making (and gobbling down) Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for years. This version with white chocolate and cranberries might be my new favorite.

White chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies on a cooling rack.

Why this Recipe Works

In my family, there are two types of oatmeal cookie lovers: the ones who want chocolate in their cookies and the ones who want dried fruit. I happen to be both.

Give me a chewy oatmeal raisin cookie or one stuffed with chocolate chips and I’m happy either way. A few years ago, I tried making oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries instead of raisins.

They were even better.

This recipe takes that basic oatmeal cranberry cookie and adds in sweet morsels of white chocolate. The result is an easy dessert that everyone in my household agrees is DELICIOUS.

You can even make the dough ahead of time and freeze it. Then, you’re never more than few minutes away from decadent fresh baked cookies.

White Chocolate Oatmeal Cranberries are simple to make but have an impressive flare! Serve them with a glass of cold milk or your afternoon coffee.

And in case you’re wondering, these are quite different from a classic cranberry white chocolate cookie. The oatmeal gives these a whole new dimension of texture and flavor!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies.

Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. Also called “whole” oats. Do not sub quick oats here! Quick oats will absorb the moisture of the dough and make the cookies crumbly.

Dark brown sugar. I prefer this to light brown sugar here for its richer molasses flavor and higher moisture content.

Vanilla extract. Use my Vanilla Extract recipe for even better flavor.

Unsalted butter. Melt the butter and let it cool slightly before using in the oatmeal cranberry cookies.

Dried Cranberries. Use a fresh bag of Craisins for this recipe, if you start with stale craisins, you end with stale craisins.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make oatmeal cookies with white chocolate and cranberries.

STEP 1. Make the dough

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, beat butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Add the dry mixture to the wet and mix until just combined. Fold in the oats, 1 cup of dried cranberries and 1 cup of white chocolate chips.

STEP 2. Chill

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

STEP 3. Bake

Drop cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet by the spoonful. Press a few more white chocolate chips and cranberries into each one. Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes.

Let oatmeal cranberry cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Stack of three oatmeal cookies with white chocolate and craisins.

Tips and Tricks

  • Do not over bake. The cookies are done when the edges have started to brown. The center of the cookies will still appear soft. They continue to bake on the baking sheet after you take it out of the oven.
  • Freezing dough. Scoop the cookie dough into balls and let them freeze until solid on a baking sheet. Then, transfer to freezer bags and store for up to 3 months.
  • Baking frozen cookie dough. No need to thaw the cookie dough before using. Just place frozen cookies on the baking sheet and add 1 to 2 minutes of additional baking time.

Recipe FAQs

Why do you add more white chocolate chips and cranberries on top of cookies before baking?

Pressing the chocolate and cranberries gives these cookies a more enticing appearance. The cranberries and white chocolate are more noticeable than if you just fold them into the dough.

Are rolled oats the same as steel cut oats?

No, rolled oats and steel cut oats are not the same. Steel cut oats are much coarser and give the cookies an unpleasant texture and taste. Make sure to use old fashioned rolled oats only in this oatmeal cranberry cookies recipe!

Can you freeze these cookies after baking?

Sure, go ahead and freeze baked cookies if you like! They’ll keep well in freezer bags for 2 – 3 months.

I’m in a hurry! Do I have to chill the dough before baking?

I strongly recommend letting the dough chill for a full hour. This helps the cookies develop a more pronounced brown sugar flavor and a super chewy texture. I promise it is worth it. If you need a cranberry oatmeal cookie recipe with no chill time required, check out my classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Swap the raisins for cranberries and they’ll be delicious!

Stacks of white chocolate oatmeal cranberry cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

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Yield: 28 cookies

White Chocolate Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes

These White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are chewy, sweet and so easy to make. Thick oatmeal cookies sweetened with brown sugar and packed with cranberries and white chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 ½ cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 ¼ cups dried cranberries, divided
  • 1 ¼ cups white chocolate morsels, divided

Instructions

    1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cornstarch together. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, combine butter and brown sugar together with a hand mixer on high speed for about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for another minute.
    3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat on low, just until combined. Add in the old-fashioned oats and combine on low speed. Fold in 1 cups of the dried cranberries and 1 cup of the white chocolate chips, reserving ¼ cup of each for the tops of the cookies.
    4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
    5. Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
    6. Drop cookie dough by about 2-3 Tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet. Press 2-3 dried cranberries and 2-3 white chocolate chips into the tops of the cookie.
    7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Don’t overbake. The edges will start to brown first. The middle of the cookie may seem like it’s underbaked, but it will continue to bake when it’s taken out of the oven.
    8. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to sit on the baking sheet for an additional 5 minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Notes

  • STORAGE: Store cookies in an airtight container, at room temperature for up to a week. Freeze baked cookies for up to 3 months.
  • FREEZING DOUGH: Dough can be frozen, unbaked for up to 3 months. I recommended rolling (scooping) the dough into balls before freezing. When baking, add an additional 1-2 minutes to bake time for the frozen cookie dough.
  • Pressing the white chocolate chips and cranberries on top after baking helps the cookies look enticing. This is totally optional. If you skip this step, add all the cranberries and morsels to the cookie dough instead.
  • Do not sub quick oats. They will absorb all the moisture leaving a dry and crumbly cookie

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

28

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Extra chewy with a rich brown sugar flavor and flecks of white chocolate, these Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are to die for! Bake up a batch today and watch how quickly they disappear.

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Posted on March 16, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. Thank you for this recipe! The flavor of cranberries and white chocolate is amazing and it will go in my “Hall of Fame”!!

  2. These oatmeal cranberry cookies are so soft and chewy! The BEST cookies to make when craving a sweet treat!

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