Soft and chewy oatmeal cranberry chocolate chip cookies that are easy to make and also happen to be vegan AND gluten-free! These cookies will become a new favourite to make during the festive season and beyond.
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Cookies are, of course, a popular treat to have on your holiday baking list, but if you want to make something a little different from the regular sugar cookies, shortbread cookies, and gingerbread cookies, then I have a cookie recipe that looks just as good as it tastes and will make a nice addition to your holiday baking lineup.
Not only do they taste and look good, they’re also VERY easy to make and require minimal ingredients and steps. PLUS, they’re vegan, gluten-free, egg-free, and also dairy-free. AND…so delicious.
In the picture above, you’ll see the different components you’ll need: the dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet ingredients in another and then the add-ins that make this cookie special…the dark chocolate chips and the cranberries.
Whole VS. Chopped Cranberries
I like to roughly chop the cranberries for this recipe so the pieces are smaller. This way, you won’t get bites that are overpowered with whole tart cranberries.
You can keep them whole if you prefer them that way, but when you chop them, there will be more cranberry pieces in each cookie and the smaller pieces balance nicely with the dark chocolate chips.
The next step is to combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. After this is done, you’ll then add in the chocolate chips and cranberries and mix well so everything is combined.
(The full recipe and more detailed directions can be found below)
Next, you’ll use either a tablespoon or a medium-sized cookie scoop (Amazon link), like the one I’m using in the picture below, to scoop out the dough for each cookie.
These cookies don’t spread a lot as they bake, so you need to flatten them slightly before they go in the oven. And speaking of baking, they just take 10-minutes in the oven, that’s it!
After they come out of the oven, they need to sit for a while to firm up. Once that time has passed, and it will be hard to wait (:)), you’ll have a perfect batch of soft, chewy oatmeal cranberry chocolate chip cookies for your family to snack on, to share with friends and family, for bringing to a potluck, or to bring in to the office to treat your co-workers.
They can also be given as a food gifts…because what better gift is there to give and receive than food?!
For some more holiday food gift ideas, check out this post that contains 20+ Vegan Food Gifts to Make and Give This Holiday and for some non-food gift ideas, check out these Gift Ideas for Vegan Foodies.
Can Fresh Cranberries be Used Instead of Dried?
I always use dried cranberries for these cookies and have not tried making them with fresh or frozen cranberries, so I can’t say from experience if the cookies will still turn out. I do know that if fresh cranberries are used, they will release liquid as they bake which will likely alter the texture of the cookies, so proceed with caution.
What Kind Chocolate Chips Should be Used?
I use semi-sweet / dark chocolate chips in all of my baking. This type of chocolate chips work particularly well as a contrast to the tart cranberries. The flavours work very well together and will give you great tasting dark chocolate cranberry cookies.
Most dark chocolate chips are vegan, but to be 100% sure yours are, read the ingredient list and look out for dairy ingredients.
Here in Canada, President’s Choice decadent semi-sweet chocolate chips are vegan and very easy to find (it’s what I used in this recipe), and there’s also Enjoy Life, or Kirkland Signature at Costco.
In the US, you can use Enjoy Life, Kirkland Signature from Costco, or check Whole Foods, or Trader Joe’s.
If using vegan chocolate is not necessary for you, any good quality dark chocolate chips will do.
If you make these cookies, let me know by sharing a pic with me on Instagram or by leaving a comment below!
And if you like these Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies, you may also like these!
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies
- Vegan Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies
- Vegan Almond Butter Cookies
- Vegan Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
And if you love cranberries, you’ll probably like these other cranberry recipes:
How to Make Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies