Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

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Our corner of the world is blanketed in snow right now and some snow day baking seemed called for. So I made my (great) Aunt Polly's Oatmeal Jumbos. They were my favorite cookie growing up and I still love them. Her recipe calls for raisins but I used dried cranberries this time and cut them into heart shapes instead of circles.

Perfect for this heart-crazy time of year.

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Aunt Polly's Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1 cup raisins or cranberries
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 cup old fashioned rolled oats


1. Pour boiling water over raisins to cover; let stand 10 minutes and drain.

2. Mix flour, salt, baking soda, and spices. Add butter, sugar, egg, and water. Work with a wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in raisins and oats. Chill for at least one hour.

3. Roll out on floured surface to 1/4 inch. Cut with floured 3" cutter. Sprinkle with with sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 375 F for 10-12 minutes.


If you liked these Cranberry Oatmeal Heart Cookies, then you might like the other Valentine's Day crafts and recipes in The Artful Winter ebook:

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  1. says

    I can’t wait to make these, I was just thinking I wanted to make some cookies tonight and these will be perfect! I love cloves in cookies — yum. Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    They look delicious. Love the idea of swapping raisins with cranberries. Would it be possible to make these in the middle of summer in the tropics or is the mixture too melty?

  3. says

    I’ve made them in the summer plenty of times. I’d say it’s fine. You chill the cookie dough before rolling it, and in your case I’d say chill for longer, maybe two hours, then work quickly when rolling them out and cutting the cookie shapes. Enjoy!

  4. Kerrie says

    How many does this recipe make? We’re going to make them for my son’s school and my work!! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Gina says

    Oh. My. Goodness. These are SO good! I finally got a chance to make them today since we are VERY snowed in. I am so glad I did – delicious! I was almost out of cranberries so threw in some dried blueberries, too, which was a winner. Thanks!

  6. says

    Hi Jean! We have been having so much fun reading all your valentine craft ideas and chose 3 to make… including these absolutely delicious oatmeal cookies!
    thank you so much for sharing these! x and happy valentines day!

  7. Rose says

    if you use dried cranberries instead of raisins, do you still soak them in water first? thanks!

  8. says

    I’m no baker and these cookies rock! I changed a few things … 1/2c whole wheat flour + 1/2c all purpose (1c total). only used 1 stick butter (8T). + 1T white sugar. + bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest. used Pecans instead of Walnuts. Baked for 12 minutes (rotate 1/2 way) and they were chewy and delish!