Saturday, October 8, 2016

Totoro Family Recipes: Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Several years ago I decided to add variety to our traditional Christmas cookie platter.

I originally found this on All-Recipes. However, I wanted to make it more festive for the holidays, so I changed a little here and there, to the point that this could almost be considered a Totoro original.

This recipe makes a LOT of cookies - between 60-65! I often make the entire recipe and freeze half  OR... I half the recipe.

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips (I use half the amount!)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts work well)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries - craisins (my addition)
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut (my addition)

  1. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugars until smooth.
  2. Stir in the eggs and vanilla.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add oatmeal to the mix.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. Stir in the white chocolate chips, nuts, craisins, and coconut.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls on prepared sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 approximately 11-12 minutes.
  8. Cool on rack before icing.

For extra decadence - and a bit of orange flavor - I drizzle icing over top.

Icing is simply a mixture of orange juice and powdered sugar to desired consistency. I like to use frozen Orange Juice concentrate diluted with just a little water - it makes for a stronger orange flavor.

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  1. I love cranberries and oats, so this would be a winner in flavor for me. But the best part is that they're drop cookies; so much easier than rolling out the dough.

    1. I totally agree - drop cookies are the way to go :)

  2. A similar recipe with oats in the more or less traditional chocolate chip cookie batter used to circulate with the claim that it was the "original" Miss Fields recipe (but with only chocolate chips, not the other delicious additions here). It even had the urban-legend claim that someone had asked for it and had then been charged some large sum of money. Was this your own version or the one from AllRecipes? I'm not sure I see when you meant the oats to be added -- are they included in the "dry ingredients"?

    best... mae at

    1. Thank you so much, Mae, for pointing out that omission. I have now edited the recipe :)

      I know the "million dollar cookie recipe" you are referring to. This recipe is slightly different and found at the link I provided.

  3. Yum! Love the combination of orange and cranberries. These cookies sound like a great holiday treat. Thanks!

    1. They are a nice festive cookie, that I must confess, I often have for breakfast :)

  4. Those cookies look really good!

  5. A great recipe for the coming Holidays. Sigh... all too soon.

  6. Cranberries are great. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  7. I love cranberry and oatmeal cookies and I will be pinning this to make soon.


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