Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate

chewy oatmeal cookies

Are you guys in the middle of the holiday rush? I have a feeling this week is going to fly by, but I wanted to post one last recipe for the year for another cookie. I think we can all agree that one can never have too many cookies lying around, ready to be gifted or eaten while watching Christmas movies.

These are CLASSIC holiday cookies – chewy, buttery, sweet oatmeal cookies studded with the popular (Starbucks-approved) combination of white chocolate and dried cranberries. I didn’t add any smoked sea salt on top, I didn’t replace the cranberries with cherries, and I didn’t soak anything in liqueur.

I wanted a cookie that would be loved by all, nothing too fancy, all wholesome and perfect. Kinda like my ideal man, minus the plaid and tattoos.

Is it possible to be wholesome and have tattoos? Sorry, I digress. (Dad, don’t worry.)

But these oatmeal cookies – oh, these cookies – are indeed classic and perfect. These babies stayed soft and chewy for days, froze well, travelled well. I brought a batch to NYC last weekend and they vanished right before my eyes!

oatmeal cookies with cranberries and white chocolate chips

Which is only appropriate because I took the base of a Quaker Oats recipe (the one printed at the lid of my favorite oatmeal) for Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and edited it to my liking. This means more butter, less oatmeal. That’s right: more butter, less oatmeal. I used festive red cranberries instead of brown raisins, and of course I couldn’t resist adding chocolate.

I’ve made plenty of oatmeal cookies over the years (Mango White Chocolate, No Bake Salted Nutella, Triple Chocolate, and Oatmeal Dulce de Leche Bars) and these are the heartiest and the chewiest. They’re packed to the brim with oatmeal that I had no qualms eating them for breakfast.

cranberry white chocolate oatmeal cookie

There’s a only a few days left before my favorite holiday of the year, and if you still need something for your holiday dessert platter, I definitely recommend these. This is an easy, one-bowl recipe, no mixer required. The hardest part is waiting for the dough to chill (which is important so you don’t end up with too flat cookies) and not snacking on all the white chocolate chips.

Yield: 3 dozen cookeis

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until smooth and creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.
  2. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Fold in oats, cranberries and white chocolate chips. Mix until well combined.
  3. Using a standard (2 inch) cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, portion out dough on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  4. Cover cookie sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or chill in the freezer for 20 minutes) up to 5 days.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 F.
  6. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool completely and store in an air-tight container if not serving immediately. I've had luck freezing these cookies in a large tupperware lined with parchment paper (with more paper in between each layer) and "defrosting" them at room temperature for a couple of hours.

chewy oatmeal cranberry white chocolate cookies

Happy holidays, dear readers! I hope you celebrate the holidays surrounded by cookies, family, and friends. I’ll be back next week with a year-end recap. xo


22 Responses to “Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate”

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    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext posted December 22, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Cranberry and white chocolate cookies have to be my most favourite holiday bake! Love the fact these are chewy too! Perfect!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Yay thanks Jess! Have a wonderful week!

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    Julie G. posted December 22, 2014 at 8:54 am

    These looks like the perfect dessert to put on the table on christmas eve! I think the only hard part will be not eating them all for myself!! Thanks for sharing. Pinned! :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you Julie! Merry Christmas!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? posted December 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Chewy oatmeal cookies are the best! I like them with chocolate chips over raisins most days. I love your white chocolate/cranberry version. So festive with the pop of red!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks Leah! Yes, there’s a time and place for raisins (not during the holidays) hehehe. Have a great week ahead!

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    Sacha posted December 22, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Oh, I have such fond memories of these cookies! My mom and I made them every Christmas when I was growing up. I think we got our recipe off the back of the dried cranberry bag and they could definitely use an improvement. These look so good (and much better haha)!

    And to answer your question: Yes, you can be wholesome and have tattoos ;). Merry Christmas!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Sashka! I actually considered making that recipe from the back of the dried cranberry bag too but decided on the vanishing cookies instead. Thanks for the assurance on tattoos ;) Merry Christmas to you too! xo

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    Sues posted December 22, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I am a huge fan of white chocolate and cranberries together… especially in cookies! Happy holidays!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 23, 2014 at 10:46 am

      The combination is just so… holiday-y :) Have a lovely Christmas!

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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life posted December 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Love love love cranberries + white chocolate together! My mom makes a similar cookie around the holidays and I always look forward to the day she makes them. They are the best! I don’t think a batch of these would stand a chance in my house!

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 23, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Cookies tied to traditions are the best. Have a lovely holiday, Alyssa!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted December 22, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    White chocolate and cranberries are meant for each other, these cookies must be incredibly delicious :D

    Happy Holidays!
    Choc Chip Uru

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 23, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Thank you, Choc Chip Uru! Happy holidays to you too!

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    Daisy posted December 23, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I love the white chocolate and cranberry combo. and did you recently go on a date w a plaid wearing tattooed man?! haha. ;)

    Happy Holidays Bianca!

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    Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings posted December 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Merry Christmas, Bianca! I swear, my hubby just asked me to bake some oatmeal cookies. I think I found my recipe here!

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    Liz posted December 26, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Oh, my. I am going to have to make these. I adore oatmeal cookies and yours sound perfect. Hope you had a terrific Christmas!

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    marcie posted December 27, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I love good, old fashioned oatmeal cookies, and the cranberry white chocolate combination is a favorite! Happy New Year, Bianca! :)

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    Manali @ CookWithManali posted December 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Love oatmeal cookies, these look fabulous!

  13. #
    El posted December 28, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    This is like the perfect winter cookie recipe. I love it. Hope you had a great holiday and happy 2015!

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    grace posted January 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    i never liked oatmeal raisin cookies, but these beauties are another story all together!

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    May Tie posted December 12, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Can use choc chips instead of white choc ?
    How many cookies does this recipe make ?
    How long can it keep ?

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