Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies, perfectly crunchy and chewy. It’s our favourite easy homemade cookie recipe to bake when a sweet craving creeps up on us!
Looking for the best recipe for Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies? These yummy cookies feature rolled oats, fresh orange juice & zest, roasted almonds and dried cranberries.
Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are a perfect dessert idea for your next holiday cookie swap, potluck, dinner party or barbecue.
The ingredients in these easy cookies include standard pantry items and are out of the oven in less than an hour!
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My Family Loves Healthy Holiday Cookies
My family loves crunchy and chewy Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies.
My family are Scottish so have an affinity for any recipes featuring oatmeal. My father is obsessed with snacking on nuts like almonds, slathering nut butters every morning on his sourdough English Muffins or bagels at breakfast. My mother is a big fan of cranberries, which are harvested locally in Muskoka, Ontario where she grew up.
These quick and easy Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies can be made in under an hour, perfect for celebrating special holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Christmas or a landmark birthday.
Many of my family and friends rank this recipe as the best oat cookie they’ve ever tasted. The combination of oats, butter, sugar, orange and dried cranberries offer a desirable chewy texture. The addition of chopped toasted almonds ensure a yummy contrasting crunch.
We suggest doubling the recipe and storing leftover Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies in a Ziplock bag in your freezer to enjoy later.
You can also portion out the raw dough and store it in the freezer. Whenever you have an impromptu cookie craving simply place a few balls of frozen cookie dough on a baking sheet and bake straight from the freezer. The cranberry, orange, almond and oat perfume that will waft through your kitchen is divine!
How To Make Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
We love baking cookies at home.
After doing a lot of recipe testing, we’re confident these are the easiest healthy oatmeal cookies to bake at home. The recipe features just 9 ingredients, all of which are commonly found in a kitchen pantry so it’s unlikely you have to run to the grocery store if you want to make these last minute.
If you’re looking for a nutritious cookie recipe to serve your family, our Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are a big hit with both kids and adults. We serve them every year at Christmas parties or as a present in a festive cookie tin. Toasted almonds, orange zest and cranberries always remind us of the happy holiday season!
Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie Health Benefits
Our Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!
Containing more protein, fibre, vitamin E and calcium that other nuts, almonds may reduce the risk of heart disease, keep your bones healthy, and help your body absorb essential nutrients.
Whole wheat flour is rich in vitamins B-1, B-3, and B-5, along with riboflavin and folate. It also has more iron, calcium, protein, and other nutrients than white flour.
Proving more soluble fibre than any other grain, oats also contain slow-release, low-GI carbohydrates. Oats are also rich in beta-glucan, which helps reduce high cholesterol and maintain blood sugar levels, and vitamin B1, which helps your body convert food into energy.
Oranges are known as an excellent source of Vitamin C, vital for the proper function of a healthy immune system.
Many people consider cranberries to be a superfood due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content. In fact, research has linked the nutrients in cranberries to a lower risk of urinary tract infection, the prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure.
Tips For Baking Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
Baking is a science so be sure to measure all of your ingredients accurately and sift the dry ingredients so you don’t find yourself munching on any balls of bitter baking soda.
The secret to making the best healthy oatmeal cranberry cookies is the ratios of butter, sugar, flour and oats. The recipe can’t have too much flour and oats or the result will be a cakey and dry cookie. It needs to be buttery with the perfect balance of sweetness.
I use rolled oats because they hold up better in these cookies than quick-cooking 5-minute oats. But you can use whatever you have in the pantry.
We love using chopped almonds in this recipe but you could also substitute for walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts. Be sure to toast the nuts in advance and let them cool before chopping and adding to your dry ingredients.
We’ve used a stand mixer to prepare the dough but you can also use the old school method using a large mixing bowl, sturdy wooden spoon and muscle power.
We suggest forming the cookie dough into a log and then wrapping and cooling in the fridge. Once cooled the dough is easy to slice into uniform shapes. You could also simply scoop the raw dough with an ice cream scooper and place on a cookie sheet before baking. You could also roll out the dough and use festive cookie cutters, or a a simple circle to give the cookies a uniform shape.
We’ve used simple dried cranberries in this recipe but you could also use flavoured dried cranberries with a hint of blueberry, cherry or pomegranate flavour. You could also substitute dried cranberries for another dried fruit like dried blueberries or dried cherries.
If you’re looking to jazz up this oatmeal cookie recipe, why not dunk or drizzle in warm white chocolate? Let the cookies rest for up to an hour to let the chocolate cool and solidify before serving.
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Best Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies Recipe
Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
- baking sheet
- French knife
- Stand Mixer
- mixing bowl
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- Parchment Paper
- Plastic Wrap
- 1 cup Whole Almonds skin on
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour plus 2 tbsp
- 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 11/2 cups Rolled Oats
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 cup Unsalted butter room temperature, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/2 cup White Sugar
- 1 tbsp Orange Zest
- 3/4 cup Dried Cranberries chopped in half, soaked in 2 tsp orange juice
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Spread the almonds onto a baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and once cool, roughly chop. Transfer the nuts to a large bowl and add flours, oats and salt. Mix and set aside.
- Increase the oven temperature to 375 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Place the butter, sugar, and orange zest in a bowl of an electric mixer with paddle attachement. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, until combined. Add the almond flour mixture and continue to beat on low until the dough comes together. Add the cranberries and orange juice and beat for another few seconds.
- Place a long sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and scoop the cookie dough into the interior. Use your hands to mould a log of dough approximately 2 inches thick. Wrap the dough log in plastic wrap and store in the freezer for 20-30 minutes until firm.
- Remove cookie dough log from the freezer and discard plastic wrap. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4 inch thick slices and place on prepared parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
- Bake cookies for 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside until completely cooled.
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