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Gingered cranberry oatmeal cookies are festive holiday cookies made from an easy oatmeal cookie recipe. It’s that time of year!

Cookie exchange invitations are going out and you’re scrambling for a new recipe that will dazzle your friends. I baked up these festive and easy oatmeal cookies for a blogger cookie swap this year!

Gingered Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies on a white dessert plate

Gingered Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy ginger cookies are always a part of my holiday baking repertoire, and my love of ginger inspired me to gingerize these oatmeal cookies. With a dose of ground ginger along with some crystallized ginger, they have a nice punch of spice.

Ginger, cinnamon and dried cranberries transformed ordinary oatmeal cookies into seasonal gems! The white chocolate chips were just a bonus. These are the cookies I sent to the 3 bloggers I was assigned for the Food Blogger Love Cookie Exchange.

Easy Oatmeal Cookies with white chocolate and cranberries in a white coffee cup with cranberries and white chocolate chips

How to Make Easy Oatmeal Cookies:

There are a few tips that are general for all cookie baking. Remember that all ovens bake a little differently, so often the first batch will determine the exact baking time for your cookies. I always prefer underbaking to overbaking since I prefer chewy cookies, but you may want your cookies crisper!

  • Have your butter and eggs at room temperature unless the recipe states otherwise. This ensures better incorporation of the ingredients.
  • Whisking together the dry ingredients before adding them to the wet ingredients helps distribute the salt, spices, and leaveners.
  • PRO-Tip: Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to mix the dry ingredients into the wet. If you use a mixer, too much air can be incorporated and the gluten formation is overactivated. This can change the texture of your cookies.
  • Use a cookie scoop to dish out your dough. It helps make all the cookies the same size.
  • PRO-Tip: If any cookies bake up misshapen, use a spatula to tap them into rounds as soon as they come out of the oven. They will still be pliable until they start to cool. Be careful as the baking sheet will be very hot!
  • If you’re gifting these cookies, reserve some dried cranberries and white chocolate chips to press into the top of the cookies when they come out of the oven. This will give a more finished, bakery look to your cookies!

A couple of things you’ll need to make this oatmeal cookies recipe:

Half Sheet Baking Pan – 13″ x 8″

Medium Cookie Scoop

Gingered Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Gingered Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy oatmeal cookies with the tastes of the holidays: dried cranberries, cinnamon and ginger and white chocolate chips for a bonus! Adapted from Fine Cooking

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Yield 4 dozen


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons crystallized ginger, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Mix in in the oats. In another bowl, beat the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy with an electric mixer. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then scrape down the sides of the bowl; add the honey and vanilla and beat until blended. Add the flour mixture in two additions, beating until well combined. Stir in the cranberries, white chocolate chips and crystallized ginger.
  3. Drop the dough by the heaping tablespoonful about 2 inches apart onto the cookie sheets. Bake until the centers of the cookies are soft and no longer look wet, 9 to 11 minutes. Once out of the oven, I use my spatula to tap the cookies into nice circles (only if you care about that sort of thing!). Let cool on the sheets for 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g


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Cookie Swap

Soft Butterscotch Pudding Cookies — Sugar Plum Fairy Holiday Cookies — Homemade Ginger O’s

The Holiday Cookies!

I received three deliveries of terrific holiday cookies the week before Thanksgiving! First up were the Soft Butterscotch Pudding Cookies from my friend Sarah at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. We have crossed paths in the Sunday Supper group so it was lovely to receive these delicious cookies from Sarah. Colleen of Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck sent a box of yummy jam filled thumbprint cookies, appropriately named Sugar Plum Fairy Holiday Cookies.

Finally, I received these tasty Homemade Ginger O’s from a blog I’ve been visiting for years, The Emotional Baker. My daughter was especially excited when she took a whiff of Megan’s treats. We truly enjoyed them ALL! These recipes will be shared on each website today. In fact, there will be loads of new cookie recipes to find using the hashtag #FBLCookieExchange. Dozens of  cookies have been mailed across the states over the past few weeks. Thanks to the gals at the PinterTestKitchen for organizing this massive event!!

P.S. My cookies were sent to Colleen and Megan, who I mentioned above, as well as Renee of If Spoons Could Talk.OXO Baking Giveaway


Update: The giveaway has ended and the entry form has been removed from this post.

Along with some of my blogger friends, I’m hosting an OXO giveaway! One winner will receive a Cookie Press, Non-stick Baking Sheet and a Decorating Tool! You’ll love the quality of OXO products. Open to those with a US mailing address, 18 and older, please.

I will be hosting a giveaway on each of the first twelve days of December.  Check out my blog, Instagram page, and Facebook page to find the daily giveaway (it will be rotated through each of these sites)!

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14 comments on “Gingered Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. I love the cookie season! These X’masy cookies look crisp yet chewy, perfect!

  2. My boys would like these loaded oatmeal cookies! Thanks for the fun give-away, I’m lovin’ those different disks, especially the snowman:@)

  3. Love, love, loved these cookies! They were almost too good to be true and did not last very long!!!

  4. Such festive and beautiful cookies, Liz! I’ve never met an oatmeal cookie I didn’t like, and one or two of these would be perfect with my afternoon coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. We loved these cookies! Just wanted to say thank you for making them for me!

  6. I loved these cookies, Liz! I have to make a batch soon! So happy we swapped cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. What a gorgeous cookies , Lizzy , the combo sounds delicious ! I wish I was somewhere near your vicinity lol

  8. The cookies look amazing Liz. I love cranberries for the holidays. They just feel like Christmas and remind me of many fond childhood memories riding the trains through the cranberry bogs at Edaville Railroad in Carver, MA. At Christmas time they light the place with millions of lights and it’s truly a spectacular family experience. It would be fun riding the train with a sackful of these delicious cookies!

  9. Ginger in an oatmeal cookie sounds perfect! I just can’t get enough ginger myself. These are absolutely lovely! These would be great for a cookie exchange, festive and tasty!

  10. I really did like oatmeal cookies back when I could eat them. WITH ALL THE GLAZE IN THE WORLD! haha!

  11. A while back I bought a bag of crystallized ginger not knowing what I would do with it. Now I know!

  12. You have very much transformed your oatmeal cookie into a spicy seasonal wonder <3 Trust those of us with preexisting subscriptions still qualify for your giveaway =)

  13. These have become a favorite on my cookie plates for the holidays! Everyone raves about them!

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