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Easy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Spiked with a tad bit of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, these soft and chewy gluten free and butter free oatmeal cranberry cookies are so easy to make and so big on taste!

Just Baked Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Christmas cookie exchanges are so much fun.

That is, if like me, your definition of fun revolves around the joy of cakes and cookies 😊

At a cookie exchange, I love sampling a little bit of this and a little bit of that. What I’m not particularly fond of is watching my stash of cookies disappear. Yes, yes, I know that is the whole point of a cookie exchange – I share my cookies and I get to enjoy other’s cookies … buuuuut, I have sharing issues!

I kid, I kid.

Kind of.

Speaking of cookie exchanges, today, for the second year, I am delighted to be joining Erin of the Speckled Plate and a slew of other bloggers in a virtual Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange.

The Sweetest Season 2019

And, my contribution to this virtual cookie feast are these easy oatmeal cranberry cookies.

Now, these oatmeal cranberry cookies are not the usual buttery, sugary concoction. They are on the more nutritious and wholesome side.

Kind of like these easy oatmeal pancakes that we love, these cookies are like eating oatmeal in cookie form, much like these ginger granola cookies.

Made with GF oats and GF flour, these cookies are gluten free – if you don’t have issues with gluten, feel free to sub in your favorite all-purpose flour.

Ingredients for Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies for holidays

Instead of butter, I used almond butter and corn oil. You can easily sub in melted coconut oil (which I tried out in the first batch of these) for the corn oil or simply use melted butter. I am trying to cut down on my intake of butter and sugar so I can balance out my chocolate consumption – but, please feel free to use those substitutions you would enjoy.

These cookies have a hint of cloves, ginger, and cinnamon which add so much flavor to them.

I used granulated sugar when making these oatmeal cranberry cookies, but please feel free to use coconut sugar or xylitol if you are looking for a more wholesome substitution.

I made these cookies buy mixing all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then, I mixed the wet ingredients such as the almond butter, vanilla extract, and oil together and poured them over the mixed dry ingredients.

Enjoying Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Then I decided it was time to get down and dirty.

So, I dived into that bowl – hands first.

I mixed that dough up, making sure to evenly distribute the wet ingredients with the dry ones. The dough will be crumbly to look at, but, when you gather up a handful and squeeze it together in your palm, it should stick together well and let you shape it into a circle or any shape you prefer.

I used walnuts and dried cranberries in these oatmeal cranberry cookies as well.

Now, there’s no need to chill this dough as it will retain its shape when baked. Yes, that’s right – you don’t have to worry about spreading with these cookies unlike my favorite oatmeal chocolate chip ones.

Tasty Gluten Free Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

I baked these cookies at 350 for 12 minutes but bake them for 15 minutes instead of 12 for a slightly crisper cookie.

When these cookies are ready – do not grab one as soon as they are out of the oven. I urge you to let them sit at least 20 minutes or so or until they are close to room temperature as they are not as sweet when they are fresh out of the oven.

When they are cooled, feel free to drizzle them with white chocolate or leave them plain.

Christmas Cookie Exchange - Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies for the Sweetest Season

Either way, these Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies make a super tasty and nutritious addition to any cookie exchange.

Enjoying Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Easy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Spiked with a tad bit of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, these
soft and chewy oatmeal cranberry cookies are big on taste!


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup gluten free flour (I used Bobs Red Mil 1 to 1)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 4 tbsp corn oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • About 4 oz white chocolate for drizzle (optional)


    Using a spoon, ix together the sugar, gluten free flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, salt, and rolled oats in a bowl and set aside.

    If your almond butter is more solid than liquid - melt it by placing it in a microwave safe bowl and microwaving on high for 10-20 seconds.

    Then, using another spoon or whisk, vigorously mix in the oil and vanilla extract.

    Make sure the mixture isn't hot and mix in the eggs

    Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. You can use your spoon or use your hands for best results.

    Add in the dried cranberries and walnuts and mix well.

    When ingredients are well incorporated, start grabbing handfuls of dough and squeezing together. The dough will be a bit like crumbs but should hold together when squeezed. If it is more crumbly and will not stick together, add a tablespoon or two more of oil. Shape into ovals/circles and bake on parchment lined baking tray for 12 - 14 minutes.

    Remove from oven and set aside to cool down. You don't want to skip this step.

    When cool, melt the white chocolate over a double boiler or like I did by placing it in a microwave safe bowl and microwaving on high for 20-30 seconds. Remove from microwave, give white chocolate a stir and microwave another 20-30 seconds until white chocolate is melted and smooth.

    Drizzle cookies with melted white chocolate and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 206Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 20mgSodium 74mgCarbohydrates 25gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 2gSugar 14gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 4g

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