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Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I’m most definitely a sucker for a good oatmeal cookie and am always on the search for an awesome recipe, and I think I hit the nail on the head with this simple, but delicious version found on Simply Recipes.


I thought I’d take advantage of my extra day off this week due to Martin Luther King Day by whipping some of these up. The day before, I attended an event at the Apollo up in Harlem called Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas, that highlighted some of the many issues still plaguing people of color in the United States and beyond.

It was truly an eye-opening, inspirational event that encouraged us to not forget Dr. King’s message of spreading love and tolerance of all people and that we must continue being proactive in the fight for equality because despite how far we have come, we are still unfortunately not at the place where we should be. But as Dr. King once stated, “The time is always right to do what’s right” and I believe, or at least hope, for a future in which people are no longer judged by the color of their skin. Being that the Apollo was also the first theater in Harlem to desegregate audiences, I also couldn’t think of a more fitting venue for something such as this.


So the next time you’re thinking of a way to show someone how much you love them, make a batch of these delightful little cookies. The original recipe called for just raisins, but I wanted to mix things up just a bit and instead added white chocolate chips and cranberries. If you’re not the biggest white chocolate fan (or think it’s too sweet, as my best friend always tells me), try dark chocolate and dried cherries or anything you’d like!


Everyone who tried these really loved them, which is one of the biggest compliments you can get. Of course I can always think of a few changes I’d make next time, but I couldn’t be happier with how these ultimately turned out and I’m sure you will be too!

I’m also so happy to bring these over to Fiesta Friday #103, a weekly food party bringing together some of the best cooks (and people) around. So please join us, if you will.

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Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

  • Servings: 4 dozen
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipe Adapted from Simply Recipes DSC_0243


  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups of oats (I used quick cooking)
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer (or just a large bowl if you’re using a hand mixer) add the softened butter and sugar and cream until smooth.
  3. Add each egg one at a time until just mixed in.
  4. Add the vanilla and set aside.
  5. In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, making sure not to over mix.
  7. One cup at a time, fold the oats into the mixture.
  8. Add the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  9. Scoop out equal-sized balls of cookie dough (I used a cookie scoop) onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for no more than 10 minutes (don’t over bake!!)
  10. Remove from oven and allow to sit on baking sheet for about a minute to allow the cookies to settle before placing cookies on cooling rack.
  11. Enjoy with a nice cold glass of milk!



  • Julie at Hostess At Heart
    January 22, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    These cookies look amazing! I can tell they are moist and chewy, my favorite!

    • bornandbredinbrooklyn
      January 24, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you, Julie! I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out 🙂 Happy FF!

  • Jhuls
    January 23, 2016 at 10:15 am

    These cookies look absolutely perfect. Happy FF, Justine! Have a lovely weekend! 🙂 x

    • bornandbredinbrooklyn
      January 24, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Jhuls! I appreciate the kind words. Happy FF to you as well!

  • NancyC
    January 23, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Dried cranberries and white chocolate are such a great combination–and oatmeal cookies are always great! 🙂

    • bornandbredinbrooklyn
      January 24, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Most definitely! The two flavors really do work so well together. Thank you! 🙂

  • Angela Chu
    January 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    What a lovely post; I’m happy that you attended such a wonderful event that strives for equality among us all. “The time is always right to do what’s right” is such a lovely example of how we all should seek for good in our lives, firstly by being kind 🙂

    • bornandbredinbrooklyn
      January 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      So true, Angela! I think that it’s important to be reminded of these things, which is why I’m glad I got the chance to attend.

  • Lily
    January 23, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    These cookies look perfect, nice and chewy, crispy on the outside, my kind of cookie -pinned!

    • bornandbredinbrooklyn
      January 24, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you, Lily! I hope you give them a try 😀

  • Fae's Twist & Tango
    January 23, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    These cookies look so~ delectable! It has been a while since I visited your blog… is it a new theme? Beautiful! 🙂

    • bornandbredinbrooklyn
      January 24, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Hi Fae! Thanks so much!! I haven’t been blogging as regularly, so I’m trying to get back into the swing of things now. I also did change the look and I’m so happy you like it. Lots of hard work and learning went into it haha.

  • Suchitra
    January 24, 2016 at 2:41 am

    I am a huge fan of oatmeal cookies! Love the way you have added cranberries and white chocolate! They look soo good! I am going to try it next time. Stay warm.

    • bornandbredinbrooklyn
      January 24, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks so much! I think that the cranberries and white chocolate helped make it a little different without changing the taste too much. Stay warm as well!!

  • Petra
    January 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I so agree with you and hope that the future will be more equal for everyone!
    Cookies fresh from the oven is a thing of beauty and oatmeal is always a favourite. Even better with cranberries and chocolate! I hope you have a big batch to take you though the snow! I hear (from the UK) you guys have lots!
    Stay safe and warm, happy Fiesta Friday! 🙂

    • bornandbredinbrooklyn
      January 24, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Wouldn’t that be an ideal world? I’m just glad to know that there are people out there who are still trying to continue the legacy MLK started. As for the snow, I have yet to go outside because it’s just too cold! But it’s been fun watching from the window. Happy FF to you as well!

  • Loretta
    January 25, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Just lovely, I’m sure these gorgeous cookies got you through the worst part of the storm in Brooklyn :). We managed to get a fair bit too. Love white chocolate and cranberries, they look so beautifully moist too. I visited the Lorraine Motel in Memphis this past summer where Dr. Martin Luther King was shot. I didn’t realize that the actual motel is now a museum. It was surreal, just reading and going through this entire museum. I did blog about it under my travel section, and also re-blogged on Martin Luther King Day on Monday. It must have been great actually being in the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. We did not go inside, but made a special trip to see it when we were in Harlem many years ago.

    • bornandbredinbrooklyn
      January 28, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      I’ve just read about your experience and it definitely does sound surreal and a place I would love to visit one day. Thank you so much for sharing and stopping by 🙂

  • Judi Graber
    January 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I make a similar cookie but not with the oats – love that addition. Just might have to try your version 🙂

    • bornandbredinbrooklyn
      January 28, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you, Judi! And if you made them that would be great. I love the nice, chewy bite that the oats provide, but I’m sure they taste just as yummy without.

  • Evi
    January 28, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    These look amazing! I love how simple the recipe is. And a weekly food party?! Count me in… I would love to attend one of these.

    • bornandbredinbrooklyn
      January 28, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you, Evi! And of course you should come!! Fiesta Friday really is one of the best parties around and everyone is really, really supportive of one another.


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