Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries & Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

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.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

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.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies on plate

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

You will love these pumpkin cookies, they are a fall favorite!
5 from 1 vote


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • teaspoon all ground allspice
  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and salt. Set dry ingredients aside.
  • 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.
  • Stir in oats, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet.
  • 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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. These cookies look wonderful. And I just bought a pack of dried cranberries and have dark choc chips in the house, as well as pumpkin puree so I guess this recipe is just calling me 🙂

  2. These look wonderful. Cranberries in cookies, mmmmm good!

    And I love how you said “we” added a pinterest button. If I asked my husband ANYTHING that had to do with my blog, he’d look at me like I had 7 heads. That’s so cool you guys are a tag team 🙂

  3. I agree about having cookies at Thanksgiving…I always bake up a few varieties for ours! These look perfect, love all the Fall Flavors 🙂

  4. thank you, maria!! i was searching for a pumpkin cookie without frosting the other day, and couldn’t find anything. this is perfect:)

  5. This sounds divine! I love the combination of dried cranberries & chocolate chips! I have a party to go to tonight & was trying to think of a dessert to make & I think you just helped me with my decision!! 🙂 thanks!

  6. i may just have to mozy on up there for Thanksgiving to get some of these cookies! love the mix dried cranberries and chocolate chips 🙂

  7. This combination of flavors seems so simple… but I dont think I have EVER had a pumpkin cookie with cranberries!! Brilliance from you.. as always!

  8. your photos are so pretty! i know i would love these cookies with the cranberries but i’m a little hesitant about pumpkin & chocolate. i’ve never had that combination before. only one way to find out 🙂 happy friday!

  9. These sound wonderful, Maria. I’m sure your family will love to see these sitting alongside the pies at Thanksgiving.

  10. OMG could you put any more in there 🙂 I would love to try these – i have some pumpkin left over hmmm. . .being pregnant i can’t choose what to make so many choice and everything looks good these days :).

  11. Yay! I’ve been looking for new pumpkin recipes. I can’t wait to make these. I’m also super curious about trying them from the freezer. I love a warm cookie. Don’t they get super hard when they’re cold??

  12. 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 …

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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 🙂

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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?

    1. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

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

  29. I’m pumpkin crazy, and I’ve tried MANY pumpkin cookie recipes. This one is, by far, the BEST! Very excited to add this to our repertoire 🙂

  30. Just made these with leftover pumpkin purée. What a fabulous way to welcome fall! They are delicious and my house smells phenomenal! Will be using your trick and freezing some for later. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Made these yesterday! Gave them to my daughter and her Xc team. They were a hit! I made them with mini-chocolate chips instead.

  32. Just made these cookies and they are delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe. Next time, I think I’ll try them with dried cherries and dark chocolate. But, they are great exactly as the recipe is written.

  33. OMG I have made these cookies twice in the last year with the second time being tonight. They are really good but both times mine came out super gooey. I couldn’t figure out why they were like that because they look nothing like the picture. So I and here to read the comments to see if anyone else was having this problem only to realize as I was passing the ingredients that it says 1 cup of pumpkin! I thought and read it both times as 1 can!!!! Hahaha well now I know next time to only use 1 cup and they will probably look more like the pictures you have. I honestly don’t know how I read it that way both times almost a year apart! Oh well they were still yummy

  34. I made these cookies last week and they were delicious!! These are a soft cookie with lots of flavor. Everybody loved them. These are my new favorite fall cookie. Thanks for the recipe.

  35. This recipe was fantastic. I just added 1/2 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice for all of the spices and added 1/2 tsp more cinnamon.
    I just completed 4 sheets of cookies and OH MY!!!! They are fantastic. “Fall in a cookie” my wife says. Thank you

  36. i was so excited about these cookies, and i followed the recipe exactly, but there was definitely something missing. They were so mushy. I feel as if more dry ingredients are needed….thoughts? My cookies look nothing like your crunchy-looking cookies.

  37. This cookie recipe is awasome . just what our family needed this time of year . . second time i made them i added walnunts. , and coconut . that was yummy too .Happy Fall .

  38. New to your website . . . where is the nutritional information for the pumpkin cookies. Made over the weekend and was informed that they are very good, but we need the nutritional information.

    Thank you

  39. I am interest in ordering these cookies can u tell me how they are delicious it’s the cookie that have butterscotch and dried cranberries can you tell me how to order if I can thanks in advance

  40. 5 stars
    These cookies are perfect! I did not have dried cranberries, but otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. My cooking time was a bit longer as is typical with my oven. The spices are perfect and the texture is perfect–not too cakey like some pumpkin cookies can be. I’ve had great success with other recipes from your blog, and this one might be the best yet. I did try a second batch with butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips, and I think I might be in love!
    Thanks for all of the great recipes!!