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Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberry Raisinets

by Jamie on January 23, 2012

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We finally have snow here in Ohio, which made me want to do nothing more than sip hot chocolate and bake cookies – soft, chewy, oatmeal cookies flecked with chocolate covered cranberries.

I was strolling through the candy aisle of the market the other day – strictly for cupcake research purposes, and came across a bag of Cranberry Raisinets. Um, I love Raisinets so how I’ve failed to notice these little morsels of cranberry goodness is beyond me.

After popping a few into my mouth – again for research – I thought they would be the perfect addition to plain oatmeal cookies. And I just happened to have the exact amount of oats needed to make this recipe, so I went with it. Clearly, these cookies were meant to be.

Digging out the oats made me realize that my pantry is in need of an after the holidays overhaul. Seriously, it’s ridiculous and comical all at the same time. Who keeps 1/4 cup of peppermint baking chips and a few tablespoons of walnuts? That would be this girl! Maybe I should toss everything into a big bowl of cookie dough and see what happens. However, I decided the best plan of action was to ignore the pantry and make cookies instead.

These Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberry Raisinets are soft, chewy and have just a touch of tartness from the cranberries. The bag of Cranberry Raisinets that I purchased was 5.5 ounces (about 3/4 cup) which wasn’t quite enough, so I decided to supplement the Raisinets with semisweet chocolate chips. Next time – yes, there will be a next time – I’ll definitely be sure to pick up two bags of Cranberry Raisinets.

Whether you’re snowed in or just craving a good cookie, I hope you’ll give these a try and love them as much as we did. Let me know what you think!

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Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberry Raisinets

January 23rd, 2012

Yield: about 40 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes plus chill time

Cook Time:

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cup chocolate covered cranberries
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in large bowl with an electric mixer cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

2. Beat in eggs one at a time and add in vanilla. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture until just combined. Stir in oats, chocolate covered cranberries and chocolate chips mixing until incorporated. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.

3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Use a medium scoop (1 ½ tablespoons) to create dough balls. Place the balls of dough 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes:

- If you don't have chocolate covered cranberries, these would be equally as delicious with chocolate covered raisins or simple use all chocolate chips.
- Store cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

My Baking Addiction adapted from allrecipes.


{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelli January 23, 2012 at 8:47 am

Yum! I think I have to try these! Sounds like a great twist on a classic :)

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Blog is the New Black January 23, 2012 at 8:48 am

Love the idea of using cranberry raisinets! Looks amazing!

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Cookbook Queen January 23, 2012 at 9:04 am

How have I never seen Cranberry Raisinettes either? Madness. Just madness.

These sound great!! I recently made Oatmeal Cookies with regular Raisinettes and they were some of the best I’ve had. Can’t wait to try this one!!

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Becky @ Becky Bakes January 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

Oooo…great idea! And there is nothing better than a nice snowy day for baking!

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Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab January 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

I love oatmeal cookies with cranberries, the cranberries add such a nice little bit of tartness! Can’t wait to give these a try!

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Rachel January 23, 2012 at 10:04 am

These sound AMAZING. Oats + chocolate + craisins = a perfect cookie.

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Urban Wife January 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

These are similar to Ranger Cookies. I love oatmeal anything but in cookies…swoon!

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Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño January 23, 2012 at 10:27 am

loooooove oatmeal cookies, and these cranberry raisonets sound wonderful. A perfect little treat!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

What a wonderful cookie! I love oatmeal and chocolate chips together and cranberrry rainets, yum! I never heard of them, but now I have to look for them. A tasty looking recipe!!

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Luv What You Do January 23, 2012 at 10:33 am

Raisinets are SO addicting. I haven’t tried the cranberry ones yet. I will have to check them out. I just made dried cherry/cranberry oatmeal cookies with white chocolate, which were amazing. What a great addition!

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The Sweet Cupcaker January 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

I didn’t even know they had cranberry raisinets..that’s amazing! and what a great way to incorporate them into a recipe! yum!

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Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables January 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

um cranberry raisinets??! How did I miss those! I will definitely be hunting them down now.

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Mary @ Bake Break January 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm

cranberry raisinets!? You are a genius! The more ways to add chocolate, the better! These look great!

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Ann P. January 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Raisinets are AWESOME. I probably gained the freshman 15 back in college just from the raisinets, that’s how much i love them! :) CRANBERRY raisinets, though!? That’s a whole new thing I could get verrrry into ;) These cookies look amazing!

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jo-lyn's cup cakes n' candies January 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

did someone say craisinets?!?!?! yes, please!! =) nom nom nom….

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Sarah January 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Thanks for sharing this, it sounds like a perfect combination!

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Paula January 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Love oatmeal cookies! The addition of the cranberry raisinets and chocolate chips must make these just heavenly.

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julie @ the semi-reformed nerd January 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Yumm-o! Definitely a great change to a traditional recipe. :)

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

These cookies look lovely!

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leslie January 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I do the same thing. Have half packages of chocolate chips…etc. I just end up eating them!!!
These cookies sound scrumptious!

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Paula B. January 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Ditto on the “genius”. And, I too, have a small amount of peppermint baking chips left over from the Christmas baking – telling myself I’m waiting for a brownie recipe to put them in. Will have to get on these cookies right away, love cranberries.

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Becca January 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I’m on the fence about raisinettes. Sometime’s I like them, sometimes I don’t; they aren’t my usual go-to candy. I am a huge fan of an oatmeal cookie! These look just plain awesome!

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Maureen January 24, 2012 at 4:46 am

I love the look of these cookies. I definitely will make them this week.

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Fred @ Savorique January 24, 2012 at 7:06 am

Sipping hot chocolate and baking cookies sounds promising because then I envision dipping those cranberry cookies into the hot chocolate…

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Cindy B. January 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

Oatmeal-Craisin (cranberry raisin) is my favorite cookies! I never seen the chocolate covered cranberries before, but we have raisinets (chocolate covered raisin. I will be making these soon, thanks for sharing!

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Deana January 24, 2012 at 9:39 am

Oh my!! These look so good!!! I have not seen the cranberry raisinets. I am going to bake this ASAP! Keep the great recipes coming.

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Cindy January 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

These look so yummy! I pinned them! Have you ever thought about adding a PIN IT button? Thanks for another delicious looking recipe!

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Laura Adams January 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

Oh I love adding craisins to my oatmeal cookies! And oatmeal cookies are da bomb!

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karen January 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

great recipes ckeck this out

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Nancy L January 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Mmm, chocolate, dried cranberries, and oatmeal cookies…what could be more perfect?

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Casey@Good. Food. Stories. January 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm

If you ever do make one weird cookie with all the leftover bits and bobs from your pantry, I want to hear about it!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm

What a great idea! Chocolate and cranberries are fabulous together and oatmeal cookies are my husband’s favorite kind.

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Jody L January 25, 2012 at 2:02 am

Genius! I love Raisinettes! And raisins and chocolate in oatmeal cookies. But I had no idea that they came in cranberry, even better. Thanks for the great idea!

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Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

How have I never seen the cranberry raisinettes? I need to go find some of those ASAP. Then, I will be making these cookies!

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Christa @ themeandminebook.blogspot.com January 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Ok.
I officially love you.
Can’t WAIT to try!!

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Living The Sweet Life January 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Oatmeal cookies are such a delightful treat when it’s cold outside … adding cranberries is just genius :)

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Brian @ A Thought For Food January 25, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Oh I’m a sucker for oatmeal cookies and these totally hit the spot

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elisa January 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm

First, I just love your blog-i love the way it’s laid out and the color scheme and the overall look of it all.

Second, these cookies are awesome! i’ve made oatmeal raisinette cookies alot but the chocolate covered cranberries push them over the top-thanks for sharing!!

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Donna H Chernow January 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Looks tasty:-) I kinda want that cookie to fall into the milk….

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Alexis July 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

I made these with raisinets since I couldn’t find the craisin ones despite them sounding delicious! Thanks for another great recipe! Here is my blog post about them.

http://lexslifeasanewwife.blogspot.com/2012/07/oatmeal-cookies-with-raisinets.html

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Nicole February 28, 2014 at 12:14 am

Best oatmeal cookies ever. I didn’t have choco-covered cranberries, so I used some craisins and some raisinetes. Less chocolately = good for me, since I’m not the biggest chocoholic. But seriously – BEST. OATMEAL COOKIES. EVER.

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