Cranberry dark chocolate oatmeal cookies

Nina Brockelman

Hot take: oatmeal cookies are the best kind of cookies. Ever. Oh, you don’t agree? You’re offended? You think I’m crazy? Just wait until you try these cranberry dark chocolate oatmeal cookies. Sent from heaven, they are the perfect combination of crunchy and sweet and SO easy to make! My whole family loves them and it’s a near-guarantee that yours will too.


  • 1 cup flour

  • ½ tsp baking soda

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • ½ cup light brown sugar

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cup rolled oats

  • ¾ cup sweetened dried cranberries

  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips

First things first, mix together 1 cup of flour, ½ tsp of baking soda, ½ tsp ground cinnamon, and ¼ tsp of salt in a large bowl and set aside. Next, use an electric mixer to mix together a ½ cup of unsalted butter, a ½ cup of light brown sugar, and a ½ cup of granulated sugar in another large bowl. Obviously, you don’t have to use an electric mixer here, but I find that it makes it a lot easier to get this concoction to the desired consistency. Once smooth, add in an egg and 1 tsp of vanilla extract and mix until smooth once again. Slowly add the contents of the first bowl (the flour mixture) into this one, and mix until just combined. Looking more and more delicious by the minute, right?! 






  • 2 large bowls

  • Electric mixer

  • 2 baking sheets

  • Parchment paper

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Post-dance party, remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll it into ~2 inch balls. Place them evenly on parchment paper on baking sheets, and press them down so they’re slightly flattened. Bake them in two separate batches for about 12 minutes each, then remove from the oven and let cool. Voila! The most delicious cookies you will ever taste (hopefully). Enjoy!

But wait, there's more. Add approximately 1 ½ cups rolled oats, a ¾ cup of sweetened dried cranberries and a ¾ cup of dark chocolate chips to the bowl, and mix until they’re evenly spread throughout. You can easily substitute dark chocolate with white chocolate, milk chocolate, or butterscotch chips for a yummy alternative, too. Next, cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes, and preheat the oven to 350°. Have a dance party in the meantime!