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Oatmeal Craisin Cookies: Chewy oat cookies chock full of dried cranberries and incredibly delicious!

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Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

This oatmeal cookies recipe was supposed to make 6 humongous cookies…crazy, huh? Instead, I used a small scoop and baked up nearly 4 dozen two-bite sized oatmeal craisin cookies. And these tasted like no other oatmeal cookie I’ve eaten…they were extraordinary.

The texture was nearly indescribable. Sublime. A touch of crispness on the exterior, but chewy and almost melt in your mouth deliciousness on the inside. I ate four before I knew it. Maybe I should have made the gargantuan version????

Oatmeal Craisin Cookies viewed from above on a white plate with craisns next to a white bowl full of cookies

A Thomas Keller Oatmeal Cookie

And you know why these cookies were so incredible? It was a Thomas Keller recipe…yes, the famous chef and cookbook author. I have made the  Chocolate Chip Cookies from his Ad Hoc at Home cookbook to rave reviews, so figured his oatmeal cookies would be a sure fire hit. In his Bouchon Bakery cookbook, where I spotted this recipe, Keller’s instructions stated to cream the butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes. Is that the secret? Who knows.

I suggest following the instructions exactly and, if you dare, divide the dough into 6 rounds and bake for about 20 minutes. You won’t regret blowing your diet for these. And, if you’re a fan, feel free to substitute back in some raisins  which were called for in the original recipe.


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Oatmeal Craisin Cookies on a small white plate over a checked napkin

Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

Incredibly delicious chewy oat cookies chock full of dried cranberries

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 48 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 11 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 generous teaspoon vanilla paste (vanilla extract may be substituted)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or Craisins


  1. Preheat oven to 325º. Line baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Place butter in the bowl of a stand mixer, Using paddle attachment, beat till light and creamy.Add brown sugar and sugar and mix for 3-4 minutes.Scrape down sides of bowl, then add egg and vanilla and mix on low till just incorporated.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low till just combined. Then mix in oats and cranberries.
  5. Using a small cookie disher, scoop out 2 teaspoons worth of dough. Roll into spheres if needed, then place on prepared baking sheets and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
  6. Bake about 8 minutes. Cool on baking sheet while the next batch bakes, then remove to cooling rack.


Adapted from Bouchon Bakery

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89 comments on “Oatmeal Craisin Cookies”

  1. In the spring, I love to add Japanese plum wine to sweet and savory dishes…But anytime of the year I’d love to make and try the yummy looking oatmeal craisin cookies!

    • Love spring and cooking with fresh herbs, strawberries, asparagus…fresh herbs would be my favorite.
      Cookies look great!

  2. The cookies sound great and the secret ingredient box sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for the fun give-away:@)

  3. Ooops, I look forward to strawberries and asparagus in the spring:@)

  4. I love oatmeal cookies! I think dried cranberries tasted really great in these..

  5. I enjoy asparagus, and parsnips in early spring, looking forward to other fresh fruit and vegetables.

  6. I don’t really have any seasonal favorite, but I love cooking with cranberries all year round.

  7. In the spring I love to put strawberries in everything!

  8. Liz, I love a good oatmeal cookie with either raisins or another dried fruit and maybe some chopped nuts, but NEVER chocolate chips. And I prefer smallish cookies like these.

  9. Lemon

  10. Asparagus is my all time favorite Spring ingredient.

  11. A good oatmeal cookie is just what my Monday needs!

  12. Oatmeal cookies are the best and I’m sure these are great since they’re a TK recipe!

  13. hmmmmm, yummy for the tummy! Thanks for sharing with us, will have to try real soon!

  14. I love to lighten up all my dishes in spring, since winter for me is all about the comfort food. I prefer craisins in oatmeal cookies rather than raisins for their sweet tartness. This Mary’s Secret Ingredients box sounds intriguing…thx!

  15. Spring time favorite in our house is asparagus and strawberries.

  16. Any berry!

  17. Strawberries, can’t hardly wait!

  18. The wild green onions that are popping up everywhere. I just love the little peppery spice they give to dishes.

  19. I love asparagus alone and/or with everything in the sping!!

  20. I love oatmeal cookies with Craisins — I often add white chocolate chips to mine, if I have them on hand. So delicious! What a fun give-away! Secret ingredients! How much fun is that?!?! 🙂

    • I don’t have a special ingredient to cook with in the spring, just the first vegies that come up from the garden; little squashes, lettuces and of course the imported strawberries — cause this is NH.

  21. Now that’s what I call a perfect, beautiful, and superb yummy oatmeal cookies. Printing it out right now. Thanks for sharing, Lizzy! xoxo

  22. Lemon!

  23. I love fresh herbs when ever I can use them. Fresh fruits are so good in the spring.

  24. berries and fruit! yummy:)

  25. I could eat a dozen of those right now! Lovely!

  26. These look like very good cookies. Cooking in the spring is so much fun. rhubarb, asparagus, radishes, everything looks so fresh!

  27. Chocolate! But that’s year-round 🙂

  28. They look great so I will eat them! 🙂 Great recipe, Liz!

  29. I love to cook with fresh asparagus in the spring.

  30. Add me to the list for asparagus and strawberries. Love the cookies!

  31. i love to cook & bake with as many fresh berries as i can, super healthy & yummy. great recipe by the way, thanks. i put craisins in my granola but never thought to put them in my cookies. happy spring!

  32. My favorite spring ingredient is radishes, I just love the flavor and they are fairly easy to grow.

  33. These cookies look fantastic. I LOVE oatmeal cookies 😉

  34. Fresh berries or any fruit!

  35. I love oatmeal craisin cookies but have never tried Thomas Kellers. I will now though, these sound delish!

  36. Lizzy,
    I don’t make oatmeal cookies often but I’ll definitely try these. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. This is a happy coincidence, Liz, because I was just asking readers in my lastest post for cookbook recommendations! So thank you, Thomas Keller is going on my wishlist!
    The cookies look and sound wonderful and seem to fall into the category of ‘lovely things you could get away with eating for breakfast’ so they’re a winner for me!

  38. We love oatmeal a lot..these look amazing, Liz.

  39. In the spring I love to cook with lemons, coconut, and asparagus.

    These oatmeal oookies look so perfect… yuuuuum! I prefer tiny cookies because then I could eat more than one. 😛

  40. *cookies haha

  41. Oh wow! 6 gigantic cookies! They must be huge (and I bet I could have enjoyed one!) These look perfect. I like smaller cookies because you can eat and share more 🙂

  42. Oatmeal cookies are my faves, Liz, even although it’s not low-carb.

  43. asparagus – we have it twice a week march – may

  44. What a beautiful way to use oatmeal! Plus, you added the craisins which are also vrey very nutritious! These cookies look filling and delicious, thank you Liz!

  45. Oh…they look chewy and moist and delicious! 🙂 ela

  46. Definitely strawberries! These are such delightful cookies Liz!

  47. I love these cookies. I make them a few times a year and even John will eat them and he doesn’t like anything sweet.

  48. I love asparagus! They can be used in so many different ways!

  49. Strawberries!

  50. I love to play (cook) with artichokes!

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