Bake up something delicious this holiday, my Moist Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are a crowd-pleaser and perfect for your annual Christmas cookie exchange. Made with fresh cranberries and my secret ingredient, these cookies are guaranteed to put a smile on your family’s face this holiday.
Moist Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Tis’ the season to be jolly! This is truly a joyous time of the year, where we all celebrate the holidays with our loved ones. One of my family’s favorite traditions is to of course bake cookies and then decorate them into classic holiday characters.
Christmas Cookies For My Family
If you were to tell me 11 years ago I would be baking with 4 kids, as well as sharing it with all of you lovely readers. I think I would have just giggled and brushed it off as a crazy person’s dream.
Low and behold 11 years later I am able to share with my children and you this super moist and delicious cookie recipe that I LOVE to make with my kiddos.
Baking Cookies During The Holidays
The thing about this recipe is it calls for little hands to help you. Everything from adding ingredients to decorating these yummy cookies requires the help of little hands. So make sure you invite the little ones to join you in a fun Christmas Cookie Baking Activity.
I love planning these out and setting up a decorating station for the kids. It’s such a fun Family-Friendly Christmas Activity that my kids look forward to each year.
Keeping The Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Fresh
Since the holidays are about sharing I made sure to share our cookies with our family and friends. This year the kids are excited to share their hand-decorated cookies with some close family members. They can’t wait to hear what their family has to say about their Rudolf and snowmen.
The secret to keeping my cookies MOIST and also fresh is the Glad Press and Seal Plastic Wrap. It’s a no-mess no stress wrap that I absolutely love to use with my recipes. Also the SUPER CUTE!
Using Quick Oats
Since I am the super-duper person I am, I will share with you my secret ingredient for these super moist cookies. It’s Quaker Oatmeal! I use the Quick 1 Minute version for this recipe, as shown in the photo below. That’s right! So simple yet so much yummy packed flavor it will make your family say OOOOhhh!
How To Make Cookie Gift Boxes
To package my cookies I use the Holiday Edition Glade Tupperware Bowls. Why might you ask am I so specific? Well, I trust this brand to keep the cookies airtight fresh as well stylishly beautiful. I also use large Cupcake holders for the cookies to sit in. This helps them stay separate in the bowl as well as not move around and crash into each other.
- Treat Bags
- Cupcake Baking Cups
- Christmas Treat Boxes
- Gift Tags
- Mini Ornaments
- Crayons or Markers
Homemade Christmas Themed Gift Boxes
When I get my bowls ready for gifting. I use some colorful ribbons and some mini ornaments to accompany the handwritten gift tags. My kids love to draw on them and write little notes to whomever they are gifting it to.
Decorating Fresh Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Every year the kids change up how they decorate their characters, it’s always fun to see how creative they become. This year I challenged them to just use a few colored royal icing, and M&M Baking Mini’s.
Here’s the kicker, they had to use up ALL of the M&M’s I gave them. To my surprise, they managed to accomplish this mission, although I feel as though they ate the ones they didn’t use.
The Best Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
My kids LOVE LOVE LOVE these Oatmeal cookies! I’ve tested it a hundred times and each time the kids devour every batch. If you love this cookie recipe then you make love some of my other cookie recipes.
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie Dough Ingredients
- unsalted butter
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- vanilla extract
- quick-cooking oats
- baking soda
- fresh cranberries or dried cranberries
How To Make the Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie Dough
Blend together the butter and sugars until the mixture is fluffy, then add in the eggs and vanilla. In another medium mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Add to butter mixture and stir until well blended. Then move on to add the fresh cranberries.
Adding Fresh Cranberries in the Cookie Dough
Now gently fold in the fresh cranberries and then with a spatula. I like to fold mine like I am making biscuits or scones, it helps ensure the cranberries are spread out evenly through the oatmeal cookie dough. After this, I tightly cover the cookie dough and leave it in the fridge overnight.
Cutting and Baking the Moist Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
After I have waited for what seems like forever I then move on to cutting shapes out of the cookie dough. I like to use snowmen, reaindeer or Santa. However you can feel free to use whatever cookie cutters you have on hand.
First, we will start with preheating our oven to 350 degrees, we want the oven to be ready as soon as we finish cutting these holiday cookie shapes.
Using a large surface spread flour and then dump cookie dough and then add a bit more flour to the top. Spread the dough evenly with a rolling pin keeping the cookies at a decent thickness (not too thin!) about 3/4 an inch thick. Then using cookie cutters. cut the cookies into your desired shapes.
Bake as directed on the recipe card, or until lightly golden. DO NOT OVERBAKE! Let sit and cool. Decorate with Frosting and M&M Baking Minis.
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Blend together the butter and sugars until fluffy.
- Add eggs and vanilla.
- Combine dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
- Add to butter mixture and stir until well blended. Add fresh cranberries and then fold in with a spatula .
- Drop by Tablespoon onto parchment covered baking sheet.
- Refridgeratore over night
- Using a large surface spread flour and then dump cookie dough and then add a bit more flour to the top. Spread the dough evenly with a rolling pin keeping the cookies at a decent thickness (not too thin!) about 3/4 an inch thick. Then using cookie cutters. cut the cookies into your desired shapes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. DO NOT OVER BAKE! Let sit and cool.
- Decorate with Frosting and M&M Baking Minis.
Serving Size:1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 106mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g