My “little” brothers are starting college this year.  How can I they be so old?  There is something about back to school time that always makes me nostalgic and no matter how old I get, I wish I could go pick out new school supplies.  Tell me you don’t get a little giddy when you walk by the bins of colored pens and pristine new notebooks and folders at the store.

Back to school time also makes me think of cookies and good snacks for kids to have in their lunch boxes and after school.  These cookies are a treat that kids (and adults) will love, but they also pack in a few wholesome ingredients.  Dark chocolate and dried cranberries offer antioxidants and rolled oats are a great way to sneak in some whole grains.

And these cookies are thick and chewy, just the way I like my cookies.  So whether you are mourning someone returning to school or starting school for the first time or just want an afternoon treat you can feel good about, these Oatmeal Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Cookies will do the trick.

Oatmeal Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies, Dessert, Snack
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 18
Thick and chewy cookies stuffed with wholesome ingredients
  • ½ cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl and with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars.
  4. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Add flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix well.
  6. Add oats, cranberries and chocolate chips and mix well.
  7. Using a cookie scoop, or a large spoon, place ¼-cup sized dough balls onto prepared cookie sheets.
  8. Bake 10 minutes.
  9. Cool on wire racks.
  10. Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

cream together butter and sugars

add egg and vanilla and mix well

add flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix to incorporate

add oats, cranberries and chocolate chips and mix

drop dough onto prepared baking sheet (6 cookies per sheet) and bake

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12 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    I LOOOOVE cranberry in cookies! At work, a lady will make us some white chocolate and cranberry oatmeal cookies that I ADORE. This dark chocolate version sounds right up my alley–not too sweet but still crazy-delicious and healthy to boot. Yum!


    • Mercedes
      Aug 21, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

      I love white chocolate with cranberries too!


  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    Thick and chewy cookies are my favorite too, these look great!


  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    These look great Mercedes!
    I wonder if Richie would be embarrassed if I made some for his lunches. 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Aug 21, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

      I bet Richie would love some of these cookies in his lunch bag!


  4. Cassie
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    These look so fluffy! I am a fool for oatmeal cookies!


  5. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Mmmm…these cookies look super delicious! 🙂


  6. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    Yummmm. Perfect cookies! I love back to school supplies and always try to find an excuse to buy a pack of lined paper, a notebook, and some fun pens 🙂


  7. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Oatmeal cookies are the best, especially when they contain cranberries and dark chocolate!!


  8. SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    These cookies look like the kind I like too — love the dark chocolate and craisin combo. Yummy!


  9. luv what you do
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

    I love dark chocolate in cookies. I have some dried cherries that I might add to this recipe too. Delish!


  10. luv what you do
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 10:48 pm


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