The Best Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
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The Best Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

The Best Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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. Or anytime of year.

The Best Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

(Adapted from my Great Aunt Polly’s Oatmeal Raisin Jumbos)


  • 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.


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    January 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    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.

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    January 30, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    God these look so damn good thanks for sharing!

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    January 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Those look delicious, love the heart shape.

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    January 30, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Yummy! Guess what we are making tomorrow!

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    January 31, 2010 at 1:12 am

    These look heavenly!

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    Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish
    January 31, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Yum! Can’t wait to try these.Did you pour boiling water over the cranberries,too? Enjoy the snow and stay warm.

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    January 31, 2010 at 6:19 am

    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?

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    January 31, 2010 at 11:15 am


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    The Artful Parent
    January 31, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Yep. I poured boiling water over the cranberries, too.

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    The Artful Parent
    January 31, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    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!

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    January 31, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    These look so yummy! Thanks!

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    The Orchard
    January 31, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I am always looking for new recipes to try and those look delicious!
    Enjoy your day,
    Tricia :)

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    January 31, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    yum, can’t wait to try these!

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    Aimee Ledwell
    January 31, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Oh Jean, this recipe looks so yummy I want to go make it RIGHT NOW!
    You are such an inspiration to me, I linked to you from my blog, here: and my site, here:
    Thank you!

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    February 7, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    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!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    February 7, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Oh geez, I’m not sure. A couple dozen large cookies? I guess I don’t really pay attention to how many it makes.

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    February 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    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!

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    happy birdycake
    February 10, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    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!

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    January 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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

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    February 10, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Just did this with my 3-year old and they turned out great! Thanks for another great idea!

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    Skagway Alaska
    January 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    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!

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