Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

oatmeal cranberry cookies in a jar

These Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are the old fashioned style oatmeal cookies: perfectly crisp on the outside, and chewy inside. The sweet/tart cranberries are a nice bonus!

Old fashioned oatmeal cranberry cookies on a cooling rack

oatmeal cranberry cookies are a new classic

Get ready to meet your new favorite cookie. Raisins have had their day and now it’s time for something better. Dried cranberries give such a zippy flavor and texture to these classic old fashioned oatmeal cookies, they’re going to be our new norm going forward.

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a back to basics cookie

Sometimes classic cookies are just what the doctor ordered. No bells and whistles, just good old fashioned  brown sugar and oats makes these the perfect snack (after school or otherwise.)  Add milk and it doesn’t get any more wholesome.

what you’ll need

  • shortening, I use butter flavored Crisco
  • granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • large eggs 
  • vanilla extract
  • quick-cooking oats ~ regular are fine, too.
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • ground nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • dried cranberries
oatmeal cranberry cookies on a baking sheet

These oatmeal cranberry cookies have reminded me of the joys of a great homemade cookie. The chewy texture is one you really can’t get in a package from the cookie aisle, so if this is your favorite type of cookie, these are definitely worth your time.

These cookies freeze and pack beautifully, so consider sending them off in a care package to someone in need of a little home baking. The cranberries give them a festive vibe, too, so save a spot for them in your holiday assortment.

cookie chemistry ~ the secrets to the perfect chewy cookie

  • Brown sugar, it contains molasses which helps it to retain more moisture during cooking.
  • Shortening ~ shortening melts slower than butter and helps cookies retain a plump shape.
  • Don’t over-bake, the cookies may look paler and slightly underdone in the center, but will firm up as they cool.
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more cookies for the cookie jar

“This recipe is a keeper! Oh, my goodness it is crispy on the outside but so light and airy on the inside! Thank you for sharing this recipe!”  


oatmeal cranberry cookies in a jar
3.7 from 139 votes

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies ~ these old fashioned style oatmeal cookies are crisp on the outside, chewy inside, and packed with tart cranberries.  
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Yield 36 cookies
Calories 110kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 cup shortening I use butter flavored crisco
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats regular are fine, too.
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups cup dried cranberries


  • Set oven to 350F
  • In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugars.
  • Add eggs, one at at time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  • Combine the remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then gradually add to creamed mixture. Fold in the cranberries.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto un-greased baking sheets. Flatten lightly with your fingers.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. After cooling a couple of minutes, move to wire rack to cool. Note: these cookies may look slightly soft when done, they will firm up as they cool.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 110kcal
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make these oatmeal cranberry cookies your own ~

  • Make them with nuts ~ these cookies beg for a cup of chopped pecans or walnuts.
  • Make them with dried cherries ~ these would work equally well.
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  • Reply
    September 6, 2018 at 7:13 am

    I cannot agree that these are healthy. 2 cups of sugar??? Surely some creativity can come up with healthier version.

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      September 6, 2018 at 9:43 am

      I hope I didn’t claim these to be healthy Kathy ~ I’m going to have to re-read my post, I agree, no one would call them that. I do think they’re ‘wholesome’ as cookies go. But everything in moderation 🙂

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    September 6, 2018 at 4:57 am

    Cookies that are crisp on the outside, chewy inside are hard to resist. I’ll always pick an oatmeal cookie first out of a platter of fancy cookies. Yours sound great.

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    September 5, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Can I use ghee instead of shortening to make these paleo friendly?

    • Reply
      September 5, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      I think you can Barb, and please let us know your results if you try it.

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    September 5, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Love oatmeal cookies !! So funny we made them too but anlother flavor and hopefully will get to post them soon!

    • Reply
      September 5, 2018 at 8:45 am

      You can never have too many oatmeal cookie recipes 😉

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        September 13, 2018 at 12:27 pm

        The ghee worked well. I used almond flour, muscovado whole brown sugar and dried blueberries. Delicious,

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    September 5, 2018 at 8:08 am

    This is an inspired combination for sure! Love the texture and flavor combination – let the baking begin 🙂 Pinning!

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    September 5, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Can I use coconut oil for the shortening? The cookies are reaching out to me. Thank you

    • Reply
      September 5, 2018 at 7:41 am

      You should be able to Joan, and I believe the formula is 3/4 cup of coconut oil to sub for 1 cup of shortening.

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    John / Kitchen Riffs
    September 5, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Wow, these look terrific! Loaded with flavor. Now that it’s fall, it’s cookie season — the most wonderful time of the year. 🙂 Good stuff — thanks.

    • Reply
      September 5, 2018 at 7:41 am

      I agree, such a fun season, let the cookie baking begin!!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    September 5, 2018 at 6:56 am

    I’m overdue for some cookie baking, so will be adding these ones to my baking list. Look perfect!

    • Reply
      September 5, 2018 at 7:46 am

      Thanks Jennifer!

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    Chris Scheuer
    September 5, 2018 at 5:38 am

    I’m an old fashioned girl so these perfectly suit my fancy! Delish! And beautiful photos (as usual!)

    • Reply
      September 5, 2018 at 7:47 am

      Sometimes we can get too creative in our recipes, huh Chris? I was blown away by these, and frankly wasn’t expecting to be.

  • Reply
    September 5, 2018 at 3:28 am

    They look chewy yet crisp…perfect cookies!

    • Reply
      September 5, 2018 at 7:47 am

      Thanks Angie 🙂

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