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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries & Chocolate Chips

It’s been awhile since I have posted a pumpkin recipe. I thought I would give you all a break from my pumpkin madness. I went kind of crazy with the pumpkin this year:) I made these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries & Chocolate Chips a few weeks ago and have been waiting impatiently to share the recipe. I couldn’t wait any longer because these cookies are super scrumptious and a good recipe is meant for sharing.

These cookies have all of my favorite ingredients-pumpkin, oatmeal, Fall spices, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips. Of course I love these cookies right out of the oven, who doesn’t like a freshly baked cookie? But my favorite way to enjoy these cookies is right out of the freezer. I put a bag of cookies in the back of our freezer, in hopes that I would forget they were there. Well, my cookie cravings got the best of me and I broke into the bag of frozen Pumpkin Oatmeal cookies. Big mistake because now I am addicted to them. My bag is running low and it will be a sad day when they are gone.

Hopefully, the cookies will last until Thanksgiving because I know I am baking a batch for “Turkey Day.” I know Thanksgiving dessert is usually all about the pie, but not at our house. Sure, we have pie, but we also have cookies. A holiday celebration is not complete without cookies and I am sure these Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries and Chocolate Chips will get gobbled up in no time. If they don’t, fine by me, I will put the leftovers in the freezer for my own secret stash:)

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries & Chocolate Chips

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 12 minutes


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon all ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and salt. Set dry ingredients aside.

3. In a large mixer bowl, beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract. Beat until combined. Gradually add flour mixture and mix until ingredients are incorporated.

4. Stir in oats, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet.

5. Bake cookies for about 12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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112 Responses to “Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries & Chocolate Chips”

  1. Family Meals and Cooking Tips — November 12, 2011 @ 5:16 am

    I can’t wait to make these yummo looking cookies. My youngest son is a cooking fiend so he will be super excited. A great lunchbox idea too …

  2. Ellen Tinder — November 12, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    could i add applesauce to the cookie dough to keep from getting hard, i like a soft cookie

  3. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 12, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    Nothing like the smell of warm cookies coming out of the oven and I would bet these were extra special!

  4. Two Peas — November 12, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    The cookies are already really soft due to the pumpkin. You can substitute some applesauce for the butter too if you would like.

  5. Mercedes — November 12, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    These look amazing! I love the addition of oatmeal and of course chocolate chips! And I am glad that you added the “Pin It” button for easy pinning!

  6. Kathie — November 12, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    I so want to try these but I don’t know if I can bring myself to do chocolate with pumpkin…I know, chocolate makes everything better, but…. Maybe I’ll just do walnuts instead!
    I love all of your fall recipes, thanks for some good ideas :)

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  8. Judy — November 12, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    love all your pumpkin madness – these cookies take it over the top! I am going to use dark chocolate instead of semi sweet. Dark chocolate and pumpkin are a match made in heaven IMHO. Thank You Maria for all the great new pumpkin (and other) recipes. and thanks for the “Pin It” button!

  9. Kerstin — November 12, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    I love all the goodies you squeezed in these – they look soo good :)

  10. Rosie @ Sweetapolita — November 13, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Yum! You are the queen of yummy-but-healthy treats, Maria. These looks so comforting and delicious. xo

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  12. Culinary Collage — November 14, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    I love all of these ingredients….what a great combo….yum!

  13. Lauren — November 15, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    These are delicious! One of my favorite kinds of cookies is oatmeal, craisin, chocolate chip, and love all things pumpkin, so these are perfect-plus now, my favorite cookie has a vegetable in it, so they’re good for me. ;) Oh and I got over 4 dozen large cookies, which is great, usually I never seem to make the amount a recipe says it will make. :) I’ve been making your pumpkin donut holes for people and we all love them. Thank you for the wonderful recipes!

  14. Two Peas — November 15, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    You are welcome! Glad you are enjoying our recipes!

  15. Abbey Smith — November 15, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    I made these for a work event and they were a hit! I am also in Salt Lake City on a work trip now. It is my first time to the city. It is beautiful! I’ve really enjoyed my stay here.

  16. Caty — November 15, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    These were FANTASTIC! All of my friends loved them and begged for the recipe. I accidentally only put a cup of brown sugar in and they were delicious nonetheless! I will definitely be making these again.

  17. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 15, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

    These cookies sound so good! I bet they’ll be perfect for Thanksgiving snacks since we have a dinner late in the afternoon!

  18. katrina — November 16, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    OH! All my favorites, wrapped up in your lovely cookie! Many thanks!

  19. Jeanette — November 16, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    I just made these cookies and they are excellent, especially the blend of spices. I did add a bit more cinnamon, just because we are quite fond of cinnamon. My husband can’t have chocolate so I added a few more cranberries as well as some chopped pecans…and I did cut back on the granulated sugar.

    Others should not worry about these cookies getting really hard when they cool…at least mine certainly have not. I think the key is to follow the baking directions closely…taking the cookies out when lightly browned and letting them sit on the cookie sheets on the counter for 2 minutes prior to transferring them to a wire rack to cool. I have other recipes with similar instructions and they are for chewy cookies as well.

    Thx for a great recipe.

  20. Rachel - A Southern Fairytale — November 16, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    OOOO yum. Yes, Please!

    those sound delightful, Maria!

    {waving} it’s been a while! :-)

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  22. emily — November 17, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    these are so delicious! i can’t stop eating them… :)

  23. Shari — November 21, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    I made these cookies this afternoon. I love the flavor! They turned out a little cake-like though. Is that the way they are supposed to be or did I do something wrong?

  24. Two Peas — November 21, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

    The cookies are a little cakey because of the pumpkin-it makes the cookies very moist.

  25. Shari — November 22, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    I made these cookies yesterday. The flavor was great! They turned out a little cake-like though. Is this the texture of the cookie or did something go wrong? I didn’t change anything in the recipe.

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  27. Hannah — November 29, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    I made these for Thanksgiving but must have done something wrong. Your’s look great in the photo and I really wanted a nice thick cookie. My cookies went totally flat and fell apart when I tried to pick them up. They were really sticky and stuck together when I put them on a plate. I left out the cranberries but that was the only thing I changed in the recipe. Any idea why mine turned out wrong? The flavor was good but they just weren’t what I hoped they would be.

  28. Two Peas — November 29, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    I am not sure what went wrong because the cookies are very thick and moist, not think at all. Sorry you had trouble!

  29. Anna — December 3, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    I knew these would be good, but I never expected the complexity of flavour these cookies provide. My guests were speechless in delight. Maria, you have outdone yourself!

  30. Two Peas — December 3, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    So happy the cookies were a hit. They are one of my new favorites:)

  31. Faith — December 8, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    I made these tonight and the came out really cake like. Extremely soft however it was a great flavor I just think I should either up the amount of flour or decrease the pumpkin puree. Any suggestions?

  32. Two Peas — December 8, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    The cookies have a somewhat cake like texture because the pumpkin is so moist. You can decrease the pumpkin if you do not like that texture.

  33. Amy S — December 11, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    Just tried these cookies tonight courtesy of your brother’s wife and loved them! They directed me to your blog after I told them of my cookie baking woes here in Colorado. We moved from IL, so quite an altitude difference. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  34. Two Peas — December 12, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Thanks for visiting Amy! I hope you have baking success in CO!

  35. Amy — January 13, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    Stumbledupon this today. LOVED them. Sooo tasty…

  36. Heidi — February 2, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Could you substitute pumpkin pie spice for all or some of the spices? I don’t think I have 1-2 spices.

  37. Two Peas — February 2, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    Yes, you can use pumpkin pie spice!

  38. Anna — February 20, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

    Hi! I made these cookies after I found the recipe on Google. I love them! I replaced the cranberries with more chocolate chips, but other than that I followed the recipe and I think they’re fantastic. I love oatmeal cookies but always feel like they’re missing a flavor component, and I feel like this fixes it perfectly. Thanks so much, I’m definitely making these all the time, especially this fall. I’ll put some in the freezer too and I’ll try them that way. I also added the recipe to my Pinterest.

  39. Two Peas — February 20, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    Thanks for the pin! Glad you enjoyed the cookies!

  40. Carlie — March 13, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    Maria, these cookies are so delicious! I love how the flavors blend together. I’ll definitely make them again :)

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