Easy soft and chewy oatmeal cookies packed with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. These White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are a perfect treat for the holidays!
I couldn’t let the holidays pass without sharing another oatmeal cookie recipe that I absolutely love!
I originally posted the recipe for these white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies back in 2015, but I wanted to update the pictures for these cookies and add a video to show you just how easy they are to make.
Not only are these cookies easy to make, but they’re jam-packed with so many goodies. You can even mix in some chopped pecan for a little something extra in these cookies. Trust me when I say that this is one cookie recipe you’ll want to keep on hand for the holidays!
The base of these cookies is very similar to my oatmeal raisin cookies with a couple small changes. You’ll start by whisking together a few dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and a little salt.
For the wet ingredients, you’ll cream together some butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Once the butter and sugars are well combined, you’ll mix in an egg and some vanilla extract. After you combine the wet and dry ingredients, you’ll slowly mix in the old-fashioned rolled oats, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips until they’re just combined.
Once you’re finished mixing up the cookie dough, you’ll want to cover it and refrigerate it for about 30 minutes. I prefer to chill my cookie dough because it prevents the cookies from spreading too much in the oven and creates a thicker cookie.
You’ll bake the cookies for 10-13 minutes until the tops of the cookies are set. They may feel slightly underdone when they come out of the oven, but that is exactly what you want if you’re looking for incredibly soft cookies.
Once they’ve cooled for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet, you can transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Or you can go ahead and enjoy them, because does anyone really wait for a cookie to completely cool first?
Baking Tips for Oatmeal Cookies
- When measuring your flour, don’t scoop it out of the container with the measuring cup. Instead, stir the flour around, spoon it into your measuring cup, and level it off with the back of a knife.
- Be sure to use old-fashioned rolled oats in these cookies and not quick cooking oats. Quick cooking oats are pressed much thinner and don’t provide the same chewy texture in oatmeal cookies.
- Make sure to chill your cookie dough for at least 30 minutes so the cookies don’t spread too much in the oven.
Watch the video to see how easy it is to make these cookies!
- 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- ½ cup (100 grams) light brown sugar
- ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 and ½ cups (150 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
- ¾ cup (105 grams) sweetened dried cranberries
- ¾ cup (140 grams) white chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl using a handheld mixer), beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and then the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add the oats, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips and mix until fully combined.
- Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Using a 1.5-2 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough and drop onto the prepared baking sheets. Roll the cookie dough into balls and very gently press down with your hand to flatten each ball of cookie dough slightly (make sure not to flatten them completely, just slightly).
- Bake in separate batches at 350°F for 10-13 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Cookie dough will freeze well for up to 3 months, bake from frozen for an additional 1-2 minutes. Baked cookies will also freeze well for up to 3 months, thaw at room temperature before serving.