Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies (aka Granola Bar Cookies)

04.09.2012

Take a moment to think about everything you love about a granola bar, the chewiness, the flavors, the dried fruit and crunchy nuts. Now imagine that in cookie form. What do you get?  These! A loaded, perfectly spiced, chewy, deliciously sweet, thick oatmeal cookie!  They are most definitely one of my new favorite cookies.

I created this recipe this past weekend because my brother and his family came to stay with us and I knew his favorite kind of cookie was oatmeal raisin cookies.  Of course I couldn’t just stick with the plan ol’ original oatmeal cookie, I had to spice it up and make it fancy =).  Try these and it’s likely that your favorite oatmeal raisin cookie may just be pushed to second place.  Everyone loved these cookies!
Switch up this cookie as you wish. You could add milk or semi sweet chocolate chips in place of white chocolate chips. You could add in almonds for the nut and use 1/2 tsp almond extract along with 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Or, you could even change up the berry and try dried blueberries, mmm yes the blueberry and almond combo would be good together I’m going to have to try that next. Ahh yes or add some orange or lemon zest for a fresh citrus flavor (sorry I’m just thinking out loud in writing now =).  Make these exactly as written or add your own twist, either way I believe you are going to thoroughly enjoy these cookies!

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies (aka Granola Bar Cookies)

Yield: 3 dozen

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies (aka Granola Bar Cookies)

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (such as Craisins), lightly chopped into smaller pieces
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 chopped walnuts, pecans, almonds or macadamia nuts (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, rolled oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy about 3-4 minutes. Stir in eggs one at a time and vanilla. Slowly add in flour mixture and mix until incorporated. Add in dried cranberries, white chocolate chips and optional nuts. Roll cookie dough into balls, about 2 Tbsp per ball, and drop onto buttered cookie sheets. Bake 9 - 10 minutes until lightly golden. Allow to cool several minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store cookies in an airtight container.
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Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

14 comments

  • mr and mrs guevara: These are some of my favorite cookies, I just made a batch a few weeks back (:

    http://meettheguevaras.blogspot.com/2012/02/white-chocolate-cranberry-oatmeal.html April 9, 2012 at 5:02pm Reply

  • Turmeric n Spice: i love these with my coffee it is just perfect :) April 10, 2012 at 9:43am Reply

  • YummyInspirations: White Chocolate & Cranberry… yum yum! April 10, 2012 at 4:46pm Reply

  • Kelsey: Very good! My two little girls are having a tea party outside eating these right now!! Thank you. April 17, 2012 at 9:04am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Kelsey – you’re so welcome! I’m so glad you and your girls enjoyed =)! Thanks so much for your comment! Have a great day! April 17, 2012 at 3:03pm Reply

  • Monica: Just made these… They are DELICIOUS! Definitely saving this recipe :) April 22, 2012 at 5:09pm Reply

  • Anonymous: this is the perfect cranberry-chip-oat cookie recipe I’ve found yet! I’ve been searching for a great recipe and this one really hit it right on the head. Sending a double batch to my boyfriend, THANK you :) November 3, 2012 at 12:03am Reply

  • Melanie: Just made these! Needed a recipe for these. Found it on Pinterest. Thank you for sharing! November 18, 2012 at 1:44pm Reply

  • Becca from ItsYummi.com: Hi Jaclyn-

    Your cookies and recipe look absolutely wonderful! However, I thought you should know that someone is using your photograph and is profiting from it.
    I don’t know if they received your permission to do so or not, so I thought I’d let you know about it.
    Here’s the link to where I found your photo.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/116095949/lactation-cookies-oatmeal-craisin-white March 18, 2013 at 5:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the heads-up! It is so annoying when people do this. March 21, 2013 at 10:43pm Reply

  • Kristina: These look so yummy!!! Is there a substitute for the sugar? Perhaps maple syrup powder or granules? Also, can I use whole wheat flour or spelt in lieu of the white? October 10, 2013 at 1:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I actually don’t know a whole lot about sugar subsitutes when baking as I never use them, sorry! I think you should be able to swap out some of the white flour for a different type, you just probably won’t get the same texture in your cookie. October 19, 2013 at 7:46pm Reply

  • Jean: Whoa! I made these for my in laws…they may not get any! I didn’t have light brown sugar (only had dark) but it just made them a pretty mocha color! Awesome recipe…I need more of yours! December 29, 2013 at 11:44am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you like these cookies Jean! Thanks for leaving a comment! January 12, 2014 at 9:23pm Reply

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