Chewy Orange Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

December  9, 2016
5 Ratings
Photo by Don Main
  • Makes 4 dozen
Author Notes

Keep a container of these cookies in the freezer for a quick snack or to satisfy guests with a glass of milk or hot tea. The addition of honey and dried cranberries give a nice chewy texture, and the oats, cereal and seeds provide the perfect crunch. Enjoy! —Don Main

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 navel orange, grated zest only
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup 9 or 12 grain cereal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, unsalted
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, unsalted
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, preferrably unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup sultana raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  2. Cream the butter. Add the sugars and beat until light, fluffy and the sugars are well incorporated.
  3. Add and beat in the orange zest, vanilla and eggs to the butter/sugar mixture.
  4. Combine the flours, cereal, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and oats in a separate bowl. Then add in two batches to the butter mixture until well combined.
  5. Add the cranberries, raisins, seeds and nuts to the mixture and mix just until combined.
  6. Drop heaping teaspoons on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 11 minutes. Remove the sheets from the oven and let the cookies sit on the sheets for 5 minutes before removing to cooling racks.
  7. Note: Bittersweet or dark chocolate chips are a nice addition for a touch of added richness.

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2 Reviews

Iris A. July 9, 2019
These are really excellent - they won rave reviews from my girlfriends. The recipe is easily adaptable: I used 1 tsp of grated orange zest, I used all purpose flour instead of wheat (but I did add 1/4 cup wheat germ), I didn't have cereal, so I just increased the oatmeal by 1/2 cup, I like sunflower seeds, so increased the amount to 1/2 cup, for the dried cranberries, I added 2 TBSP of orange juice to the cranberries in a bowl and microwaved for 30 secs. Then drained the berries before adding. The cookies were just as good if not better than the original recipe!
judy October 7, 2018
These are great. I juiced the orange and added that to the batter with an extra TBSP of flour. I really like the orange. Going on my holiday cookie rotation this year. I like to make the dough ahead, roll into logs a d freeze like refrigerator cookies. I have several different ones, then I can take out the rolls and slice and bake a variety of cookies in small batches as desired. I usually do this the week before Thanksgiving and have cookies until New Year's. ( Resolutions don't start until all the cookies are gone--but rarely do they last until New Years!) Happy Holidays All.