Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

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    It’s April Fools Day! Do any of you “celebrate” it? Have you gotten tricked already?

    Let’s share some funny stories about April Fools Day – I’ll start and you can share with me some of yours in the comments below, how about that? :)

    • In 2011, I went into my old (meaning previous) manager’s office while he stepped out to get lunch and taped the bottom of his mouse with a mini post-it. It’s one of those laser type mice so if the laser doesn’t have a surface to beam on, it doesn’t work. Anyway, he comes back to his office and I was in one of my coworker’s office, 3 doors down, and you could hear him slamming the mouse on the table, I’m pretty sure trying to get the mouse to move or react to his motions. I couldn’t help it so I went into his office with a big smirk and was like, “hey! whatcha doing?” and he goes “I don’t know why my mouse doesn’t work.” I was like, what do you mean? Was it working earlier? And he said, “yeah, I went to grab lunch and now it won’t work. I tried unplugging it and blowing into the USB cord like those Nintendo games (omg you guys – please tell me you did that with those Nintendo game cartridges when they didn’t work). It barely moves! I might have to call the HelpDesk to get another one or something” Hahahaha at this point I couldn’t hold it in any longer and I was like “flip it over” and he flipped it over and on the bottom where the post-it was covering his laser, it said, “April Fools :) from Julie” – yeah, I pretty much rule. Good thing he has a good sense of humor. Also, I don’t recommend doing this to your boss unless you know he/she would be cool with it, lol – I’m NOT responsible for any job firings. You could do it to your coworkers though ;)
    • In 2008, I totally fell for one of Google’s April Fools hoaxes. I fell for the one that was like you could timestamp any email to whatever time you wanted so it would seem that you’d never be late in responding again. LOL

    Now I’m excited to read some of yours!! Please share below!

    Anyway, what isn’t a joke are these cookies. They’re originally supposed to be oatmeal raisin cookies but I’m really not a fan of raisins. I don’t know why, I LOVE grapes but I just can’t do raisins so I swapped out the raisins for cranberries. This isn’t an ordinary oatmeal raisin cookie though – this one is actually one to remember. Not all oatmeal raisin cookies are memorable. Most are pretty forgettable and taste “ok,” or “yeah, this isn’t bad.” I haven’t ever had a oatmeal raisin cookie that I seriously raved about and wanted more day after day. This oatmeal raisin/cranberry cookie is one of those cookies I want to make over and over again and it’s quite special. There’s something about it that’s addicting. The texture: crunchy edges but SUPER chewy center. I LOVE a good chewy cookie and this one is exceptional. I believe you should toss out your other oatmeal raisin cookie recipes and give this one a try :) I guarantee it’s a keeper! No joke ;)

    Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

    The texture of these oatmeal cranberry cookies is perfect: crunchy edges with a SUPER chewy center. So yummy!
    Prep Time: 50 mins
    Cook Time: 18 mins
    Total Time: 1 hr 8 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2 dozen
    Calories: 148kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1 cup plus 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
    • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
    • 11 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
    • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
    • 5 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla bean paste
    • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
    • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
    • 1 cup dried cranberries


    • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla bean paste and vanilla extract and blend until incorporated. Gently add each egg and beat until well blended.
    • Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until all combined and well-incorporated.
    • With the mixer on low speed, stir in the oats and dried cranberries and mix until evenly distributed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
    • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
    • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. Then using a large cookie dough scoop, drop the dough in rounds on to the baking sheet, about 2-3 inches apart.
    • Bake for 17-18 minutes, or until cookies look just set and the edges are starting to brown. Try not to overbake them - they continue baking a little after you've removed them from the oven. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough.
    • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


    Source: Adapted from Annie's Eats who adapted them from Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel
    Nutrition Facts
    Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
    Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
    Calories 148 Calories from Fat 54
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 6g9%
    Carbohydrates 22g7%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 13g14%
    Protein 2g4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 


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  • Tieghan Gerard says:

    These cookies look an sound sooo good! Happy April! P.s I have never been tricked! For some reason we are not big on April fools day.

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Love oatmeal cookies and these look so good!

  • Maria says:

    Great cookie for Monday!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    OMG shut up! I hate raisins (my kids love them), I like grapes but don’t love them but I seriously love cranberries. I’ve made a few different oatmeal cranberry cookies and they’re always so freaking delicious. Now I want some of yours! BTW next time add chocolate – so so good along with the cranberries :)

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    These look like they are the perfect texture – crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle. I’ll take a dozen, please!

  • Heather Christo says:

    Julie- these cookies look awesome! great looking texture!
    I love your jokes. I guess I never do anything…. I have to start thinking of one for my man….

  • Katherine R. @ Tar Heel Taste Bud says:

    These look incredible! I love love love oatmeal cookies, and with dried cranberries?! I’m sold!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Bring on the cookies! Love these Julie! I’ll take a dozen please :) xoxo

  • carrian says:

    Yummy cookies, and I had totally forgotten it’s April Fools day! Shoot I better trick the girls somehow.

  • I always pull one over on my kids and they get mad before the laugh. Maybe I should stop?

    Awesome cookies!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    I am never good with coming up with jokes, but my dad is the king of April Fools (and any other day too). We did the rubber band around the extendable faucet at the kitchen sink one a lot. Haha, so bad. I want the entire batch of these cookies though! I love chewy centers of oatmeal cookies! Yum!!! (And HAPPY VIRTUAL BRIDAL SHOWER!!!! Xoxoxo)

  • katie says:

    yum! These look fab and congrats on your upcoming wedding. Your virtual bridal shower recipes are all awesome!

  • marla says:

    Such tempting cookies! Want now :)

  • naomi says:

    These look awesome-anything from Thomas Keller is always a sure thing!

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    Lol the april fool’s joke you played on your boss is hilarious! I gotta do that sometime!

  • Elizabeth Cavallari says:

    I made oatmeal crasin cookies today too! Great minds think alike :)

  • Gaby says:

    oatmeal cookies are the BEST. Especially with cranberries. Heck yes

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    These look incredible, Julie! Oatmeal cookies are my fave.

  • I totally forgot about April fools day until I read this! I’m going to have to think of a good last minute prank to pull on the boy! Also – I need these cookies!

  • Annie @ Annie's Noms says:

    I love the look of these cookies! And I love that they’re chewy in the middle and crunchy round the edges, best type of cookie ever! I try and stay indoors on April Fool’s as I fall for things really easily! I was working with my Dad once and they super glued a £1 coin to the floor and then when I walked past said “Oh look, there’s a £1 on the floor” Cue me trying to pick it up and my Dad and everyone else laughing at me…. and then there was the pen which gave little electric shocks when you pressed it.

    Yea I’ve stayed indoors all day today and been careful about believing what I read on twitter!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says:

    I cought myself smelling a screen ofm y laptop because google tricked me. And it was still Sunday in my place. Now I’m more careful :)

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    What a great joke! Personally, I am awful pulling off pranks because I can never hold in the laughter long enough. These cookies look super crispy and buttery!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    I may not have been tricked (yet), but I’ve done a fair amount of tricking already! Hehe. These cookies look so scrumptious, Julie! Love that you’re being virtually showered with blogger love today, too. So sweet!

  • Kelly @ Life made Sweeter says:

    Yum, these look esquisite! I’m not a big fan of raisins and like to swap out cranberries in oatmeal cookies as well but I am always looking for that “wow” oatmeal cookie recipe too so will definitely give these a try soon!

  • Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen says:

    Good thing your boss had a good sense of humor! I fall for everything, I hate April Fool’s Day!

  • a farmer in the dell says:

    A large mug of coffee and a plate of these cookies would make waking up at 5 in the morning a lot easier :)

  • Megan @ megbakes says:

    I haven’t played many April Fool’s jokes other than telling someone there was a bug on them. I always wanted to think of something good, but I never could. I haven’t made oatmeal cookies in awhile, but these look great. Plus – I love cranberries!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    You know I love a good chewy oatmeal cookie. These are perrrfect!

  • Cathy H says:

    I found your recipe on Pinterest!! It sounds delicious! I’ve made oatmeal cookies with raisins and cranberries before, but never thought to use just cranberries. (DOH) Oh…and I always add chocolate chips to the oatmeal cookies. Every time I ask hubby if he wants oatmeal raisin or oatmeal chocolate chips he just responds with “yes please”! I have one question. I have never seen (nor looked for) vanilla bean paste. Is is necessary? Would doubling the amount of vanilla extract have the same effect? (Also making sure that that part wasn’t an April Fool’s joke!)

    • Julie says:

      You can just omit the vanilla bean paste if you don’t want to buy it or look for it. You can get it at Williams-Sonoma if you want to get it. I wouldn’t double vanilla extract – they’re two different things. It’s ok to leave the paste out though! And no, it’s not an April Fools joke, lol, I’d never do that for a recipe!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Ha! I am sucker for a good ol’ oatmeal cookie! When I was little I would switch out the sugar for the salt. My father did like it one bit when he was trying to enjoy his hot cup of joe!

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says:

    I don’t like raisins either! But I would defo like these cookies :)

  • Dawn says:

    I love that you used cranberries in this instead of raisins! I adore cranberries but don’t love raisins. I bake cookies every Sunday for my family! This will be next Sunday’s recipe!

  • Megan @ Country Cleaver says:

    I love these!! Thankfully I didn’t get pranked this year. I think my coworkers forgot – which I’m okay with. I’m also guessing that they don’t want to mess with the chick that bring them all the tasty food. Win for me!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    No pranks this year, but one of my old coworkers did the laser thing to me one year. These look so good! I need to start measuring by volume. I’ve heard it really makes a difference!

  • Tracey says:

    I can’t remember the last time I pulled a good April Fool’s prank on someone, but I love that you did that to your boss! I wouldn’t have been able to keep a straight face :) Anyway, these cookies called to me when Annie posted them and yours are screaming at me to stop procrastinating and just go do it!

  • Sheila @ Sweet Baked Life says:

    Delicious! I love the idea of combining dried cranberries to oatmeal cookies!

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    I love that you used cranberries instead of raisins! Sounds amazing :)

  • [email protected], pleasure, and health says:

    i feel same way about the raisins. i will however take craisins or cranberries in anything. lovely cookies :)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says:

    That is awesome – love that your boss was a good sport! Teh cookies look great, they have oats and cranberries so I am going to go with good for you too!

  • Cathy H says:

    thank you Julie! I’ve never heard of the paste in all the years I’ve been baking!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh, these are so lovely :) I love that you swapped out the raisins.

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    I love that you subbed cranberries here! I bet they’re fabulous! Ill have to try that for sure!

  • Stephanie says:

    I’d take oatmeal and cranberry over oatmeal and raisins any day! haha I need to save that mouse trick for next year. ;)

  • judy rodriguez says:

    Hi Iknow we’ve all made oatmeal cookies at one time or another, but I’ve never heard of vanillia bean paste. I’m sure its a key ingredient to make those cookies look so delish –

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