Grandma’s Cookies Part I: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry

Grandma’s Cookies have been a staple in my diet ever since I learned how to bake when I was a young girl. Some of the fondest memories I have from my childhood are spending the day in the kitchen with Emily and our Grandma learning how to make cookies, cakes, pies, brownies, and some of her other delicious desserts.

Although all of Grandma’s desserts are tasty treats, her cookies are one of our favorites. She always brings them over in a bright red tin that sits on our counter all week long for us to enjoy. Her cookies became famous among our high school friends because Emily and I would go to school with a fresh supply of Grandma’s Cookies to share, never once coming home with any to spare. The legacy of her cookies has even continued to college since Emily and I are lucky enough to receive boxes of cookies from her in the mail. Although it’s not the same as pairing Grandma’s Cookies with a special visit from Grandma herself, the mailed cookies never fail to brighten my day and remind me how lucky I am to have such a loving grandmother.

With something as famous and thoroughly enjoyed as Grandma’s Cookies, I knew I had to find out the secret to her recipes. Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to have the opportunity share with you the magic behind her cookies. Brace yourself and hold your breath because here it is–the secret to Grandma’s Cookies is {drumroll please}: follow the recipe on the box. Believe me, I was just as surprised as you are to find out that I could make Grandma’s Famous Cookies myself simply by reading the recipe on an oats container. What then, you may ask, makes her cookies so scrumptious? It’s Grandma’s special touch and all of the love that she bakes into every batch.

Now, although I’ve tried to share nutritious recipes on this blog that feature food that is good for your body, Grandma’s cookies are what I consider “soul food.” No need to count calories or limit yourself to one because these cookies feed your spirit. I have seen them ease stress, mend broken hearts, and bring immediate joy to everyone who eats one, and I hope they can do the same for you. This particular recipe is Grandma’s most popular cookie: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry. She uses the oatmeal raisin cookie recipe from the Quaker Oats container as a foundation and makes a few changes to create the perfect cookie. They are a heavenly combination of hearty oats, tart and sweet cranberries, and indulgent chocolate. Bake up a batch for yourself today and see what kind of magic they’ll bring to you.


Grandma’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

  • 1/2 cup + 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in half batches and mix well. Add the oats and thoroughly combine. Add chocolate chips and cranberries and mix well using a wooden spoon (the dough is too thick to use the electric mixer for this step). Drop dough onto cookie sheets using two tablespoons, making them as large or as small as you’d like. Bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies, until golden brown. Cool completely before storing, but be sure to enjoy one fresh out of the oven!


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