If you are looking for a sweet cookie addition to your winter holidays, look no further. These oatmeal cranberry cookies are perfect!
Making the BEST Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
To be honest, even though these are perfect for the winter holidays, they can really be enjoyed anytime. These oatmeal cranberry cookies are the perfect combination of tart cranberry, sweet cookie and chewiness.
Learning how to make oatmeal cranberry cookies is super simple. If you like regular oatmeal cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies or white chocolate cranberry cookies then you'll be sure to love these.
As with other oatmeal based cookies, you can use any type of oat you want. most people will tend to prefer a quick oat and their cookies. These oat will make the softest textured cookie. However you can use traditional oats or even steel cut oats for your cookies. Just be aware that the oat sizes are bigger and the texture of your cookie will differ slightly.
As for the cranberries, you can use sweetened or unsweetened cranberries. Unsweetened cranberries can be a little more difficult to find. They're actually our favorite as they're definitely tangier and more tart than sweetened ones. However if you like a sweet cookie then you should choose sweetened cranberries.
as with most of our cookies here, you can easily make these without chilling your cookie dough first. You'll still get thic, soft and chewy cookies. If you do choose to chill your dough first they do tend to spread a little less while baking.
As you get started making your cookies, the first thing you want to do is create your oven to 350 degrees. If you're having is not preheated you'll either have to wait once your day was made or the cook times will not be accurate.
The first main step in making your cookies will be to cream your butter and sugar together. This is perhaps the most important step in making cookies. If your butter isn't right then your cookies won't be either.
So, how do you make sure your butters right? The way to do this is to make sure that your butter is softened before starting to cream it with your sugar. You can either do this by letting it sit on the counter for a few hours before using it.
Or if you're impatient like us, you can cut it into small chunks and put it in the microwave. Not all cookie recipes will do well with microwaved butter, however, this one works well. Do try not to fully melt your butter if possible.
Once your butter is ready you can put it in your stand mixer with your sugar and beat them together. You want to do this for several minutes until your butter and sugar are thoroughly creamed together.
Next up will be adding your eggs. Grab your eggs and crack them into a bowl with your creamed butter and sugar. Flip your stand mixer back on and beat everything together thoroughly. this process will take a few minutes. Do you make sure that you don't over mixture ingredients.
Now, grab all of your dry ingredients - flour, baking soda and salt. Toss them into a bowl separate from your egg, butter and sugar mixture. Once your dry ingredients are together in a bowl you want to just mix them so that they are thoroughly combined.
Next we're going to get all of our ingredients into one bowl. Take your dry ingredients and slowly add them to the mixing bowl with your creamed butter sugar and eggs.
Go ahead and turn your mixer back on, this time to medium-low and mix everything together. You want to make sure to scrape down the sides of your bowl while mixing so that nothing gets left behind.
Once you have everything thoroughly mixed together, we're going to end up at in our last ingredients - oatmeal and cranberries. Go ahead and pour them into your cookie dough and fold them into the dough. I like to do this part by hand so that the dough doesn't get over mixed.
Grab your nonstick or pre greased baking sheet and we're going to start to get our cookie dough placed on the sheet. Using a heaping tablespoon of dough at a time. Place the balls or dough onto your baking sheet.
You can use more or less dough if you like bigger or smaller cookies. If you do different sized cookies, do you remember that cook times will vary.
you also want to make sure that your dough balls are not too close together. They will spread a little as your cookies bake.
Once you have your baking sheet covered with your cookie dough you want to go ahead and pop it in your preheated oven. These cookies should take about 8 to 12 minutes to cook. Start checking them around 8 minute Mark to make sure you don't overbake them.
You know they're done when the edges are slightly crispy and brown but the inside is still soft.
Want your cookies are done baking, take them out of the oven and place them on the counter or top of the stove to cool. Once they've cooled you can enjoy or you can stick them in a container and store for later.
Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
- stand mixer
- cookie sheet
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- 3 cup Oats
- 2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup butter 2 ½ sticks
- ¾ cup brown sugar packed
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- preheat oven to 350°
- put butter, sugar, and brown sugar in mixing bowl and mix together
- add in eggs and vanilla
- add in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg
- mix everything together
- add in oats and cranberries
- spray cookie sheet with canola oil
- put cookie dough balls onto cookie sheet
- bake for 10 to 12 minutes
- allow to cool and enjoy
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