Fresh Cranberry Cookies

I made this recipe up to use some leftover fresh cranberries after baking some cranberry nut bread. A total experiment, I was kind of expecting these to be . . . not very good? For some reason, although fresh cranberries work great in bread, I wasn’t sure they’d work in cookies. But with the combination of oats, dates, nuts, and chocolate chips (duh) they’re a smash. The fresh cranberries also give them gorgeous, jewel-tone bits throughout, perfect for festive holiday tables.

Chris and I also thought they tasted even better the second day, and that’s not an easy feat for most cookies. The cranberries got a chance to mingle with the cookie dough and they keep the cookies soft for days and days.

So if you have some leftover fresh cranberries lounging about after Thanksgiving, make fresh cranberry cookies!! They have vitamin C in them so they’ll help you ward off colds this winter, right?


Fresh Cranberry Cookies

  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 36 1x


  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) soft butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dates (about 12 pitted dates)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Set oven to 350º F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until smooth then mix in vanilla and egg.
  3. Whisk flour, soda and salt together in a small bowl and stir in gradually to butter mixture until combined.
  4. Gently mix in oats and dates.
  5. Coarsely chop the cranberries. I just cut them into halves or quarters and ended up with about 3/4 cup when all was said and done. Add them into the dough.
  6. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
  7. Drop by tablespoons onto greased or lined baking sheets and bake 12-15 minutes, until edges are lightly browned and tops are set.
  8. Allow to cool a few minutes on sheets, then remove to racks to cool completely.
  9. Store in airtight containers for soft cookies, or loosely covered for crisp cookies.

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  1. Kenna on March 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Used dark chocolate, pecans and skipped the dates as we’re not fans. They were amazing, all were gone in a week.

    • Hilah on March 31, 2019 at 7:49 am


  2. Leslie on April 24, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I mostly followed the recipe as written. I used quick cooking oats because that’s what I had in the house and i’m not a big fan of dates, so did not add them. After tasting the first batch out of the oven I felt the cookies were missing something (probably the dates), so I decided to add some freshly grated orange rind, which did the trick for me. This is a moist and tasty cookie that I will make again, I can’t wait to see what they taste like day two.

  3. Angela on May 12, 2020 at 9:27 am

    I followed the recipe exactly as printed.
    The cookies were fantastic. I will definitely add this recipe to my favorites.

    • Hilah on May 14, 2020 at 10:48 am


      • Cynthia on June 4, 2020 at 12:32 pm

        Believe I finally found the oatmeal cranberry cookie recipe my 85 year old mother will enjoy, except minus the chocolate chips. I’ll use raisins instead of dates.
        Has anyone baked these without the choc chips? Should alittle more sugar be added if not using the CC’s?

        • Karen C. on October 18, 2020 at 5:47 pm

          I used whole wheat flour and replaced the sugar with 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup. I used about half the dates the recipe called for – it just looked like it was adding up to a lot as I was dicing them. They are just out of the oven and look and taste good, but am excited to taste them after they have sat for a day!

  4. Magali on December 13, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Those cookies are absolutely amazing! I follow the recipe except I roast the pecans in a pan before choppin them, and I put less sugar since dates are already quite sweet. I also tried once to use maple syrup as one person suggested. It was delicious, but I found that it made the cookies a bit too soft. To those who write that dates are not their thing, I highly recomment to keep them in the recipe. You don’t taste the dates but they definitely add something 🙂

    • Hilah on December 13, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks, Magali!

    • Magali on January 4, 2021 at 12:55 am

      Update: I just made this recipe (once again!!) using Medjoul dates, which I did not chop too finely and the result is mind-blowing!!! It adds some caramel notes to the this already incredible cookie.

  5. Linda on December 19, 2020 at 6:58 am

    OMG, these are the best cookies. What a hit with the family.Followed the exact recipe yesterday. Took a little longer to bake to get to the consistency we like, (not as soft). Had some today and yes they are even better. Will be making these often. Thanks Hilah!

  6. Marge on December 19, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    I made these cookies and used figs, cranberries, Walnuts and dark chocolate chips. They were very good but they were very flat. I think next time I will use 1 1/2 cups of flour and maybe 1/2 tsp of baking soda. Maybe they will be higher and not so sticky..My husband said they don’t look very good but they are delicious.

    • Gina Hohenstatt on December 25, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      This recipe is wonderful! I was searching for something to use fresh cranberries in and came across your recipe. I can’t wait to share these with my family next week. Do you think thou keep well in a cool garage for one week?

      • Hilah on December 25, 2020 at 5:14 pm

        I think they would be fine, Gina!

  7. Gina on December 25, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Amazing cookies! Thank you Hilah for sharing!

  8. Tinu on December 27, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Really amazing cookies. My favorite!! I increased the amount of cranberries and added grated coconut anf made them larger. They tasted amazing and so soft and chewy.

  9. Bonnie Nolan on February 14, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    I followed the recipe as written except I mixed the cranberries, pecans, and chocolate chips with grated habanero and let it rest a bit. A sweet hot treat for Valentine’s Day. Starts sweet in the mouth with slight heat follow up. Cayenne could also be used.

  10. Amanda on October 9, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    My family loves these!!! I don’t use the dates or nuts though.

    • Hilah on October 11, 2021 at 7:08 am

      Thanks, Amanda!

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