This is the time of year for cookies.  Holiday cookies run the gamut from very simple to complicated.  I don’t have a real preference, though I do enjoy the challenge of the more involved cookies.  What can I say?  I just love to play in the kitchen.  There is certainly a time and place for the fancy schmancy treats, and there is also a time and place for plain and simple.  For example, when you are taking call from home and worried the pager may go off at any moment but you really, really want to bake something.  That’s what these cookies were for me.  I had all the ingredients on hand and the dough was ready in minutes.

Even better, in my personal ranking of favorite cookies, oatmeal white chocolate cranberry cookies ranked second only to the best chocolate chip cookies ever.  And now, this is the version that earns second place because it has all those other things and it contains pumpkin.  The pumpkin puree contributes a pretty orange hue, a light chewy texture and a subtle pumpkin flavor.  Lots of my favorite ingredients all in one cookie – tough to resist, if you ask me.



2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
¾ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. grated nutmeg
Dash of allspice
½ tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin puree
1½ cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries


  • 01

    Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.

  • 02

    In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, spices and salt.  Whisk to blend.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Blend in the egg and vanilla.  Beat in the pumpkin puree until well incorporated.  With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Beat in the oats until combined.  With a rubber spatula, fold in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries until evenly mixed.

  • 03

    Drop in small scoops (about 1½-2 tablespoons) onto prepared baking sheets, spaced 2-3 inches apart.  Bake 12-14 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned, rotating the sheets halfway through baking.  Allow to cool on the sheets about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.


  • Sounds delicious, and they look pretty as well!

  • Yum so many amazing ingredients in one cookie! Must taste awesome! It certainly looks that way!

  • yum, i love oatmeal cookies and anything pumpkin! i’ll have to try these

  • I made something similar not that long ago, and they were so good. I skipped the cranberries, but maybe I’ll need to add those in next time.

  • One of my favorite cookies is white chocolate chip cranberry, but I’ve never thought of adding pumpkin. That would be a great twist!

  • mmm these look delicious! white chocolate, cranberries, and pumpkin are such a great flavor combination.

  • Kim Bouchard

    That I might have to try! I love everything pumpkin also. I always make Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Nut Chip cookies, these sound like the same rolled into one (minus the chocolate chips).

  • These cookies look wonderful! I love how you combined the pumpkin and cranberries. Thanks for sharing!

  • Oooh perfect! We went a little overboard buying pumpkin this year and now have cans and cans of it! These cookies look like just the thing for us to make! DELICIOUS!

  • Oh my, those cookies look delicious!

  • Gosh, you just remind it me that I have to start baking some cookies soon, so much to bake though, Where am I going to get the time to do that? I will :-),
    Your cookies look awesome and the pumpkin addition is quite unique, I might venture and try your creation :-)

  • I made the same cookies and adored them. Call from home sounds like a dream. Most of the programs I’m looking at don’t have such an option!

  • Yay, it’s cookie week!!

  • These look perfect. Awesome.

  • I love packed oatmeal cookies! Gorgeous! I am a holiday cookie fiend and have already started my baking! :)

  • lifeilluminated

    These look delicious!

  • Oh wow. I don’t even want to make these. I’m worried that I will eat the whole batch!

  • The pumpkin recipes are still going strong in blog world and in my home! Pumpkin is so wonderful and so versatile. These cookies are so beautiful…I love the contrast of the dark orange of the pumpkin and the red cranberries! I will be trying this recipe…I have everything on hand! yay!

  • Laurie

    made these tonight — DELICIOUS !!!!! except I used too big a spoonful so they took quite a bit longer to cook.

  • Janet

    Finally a pumpkin cookie recipe that turns out like a cookie, not a little muffin/cupcake!! (I don’t know how many unsuccessful pumpkin cookie recipes I tried last year….) I cut the sugar down to 1 1/2 cups because 2 cups seemed excessive and these are fantastic!

  • Linda

    I just finished making these! The flavor combination was great, love the pumpkin! I had an urge to add nuts, but since it was my first time making the recipe I stuck to your instructions to the T. Next time though I think I might add walnuts. The only thing was that the did come out fluffy like a cake, really good though.

  • Kim

    I brought these in to work today and they were a huge hit! What a great spin on regular old oatmeal cookies. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Annie,
    I just made these cookies and they were a huge hit with my family and babysitter! Very soft cookie; just the way I like it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Brandi H

    I made these yesterday and they are FABULOUS! I added 1/4 tsp orange extract and all cranberries (no raisins), but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Everyone raved about them! I like that they kept a cookie-like texture, even the next day–usually anything baked goods with pumpkin get gooey on top awhile after baking. Thanks for a fabulous recipe. My new favorite oatmeal cookie!

  • Anissa

    These are REALLY yummy. Thanks!

  • Tonia

    I am planning to make the cookies tomorrow night – I did make the DIY spice mix – how much of the DIY mix would I use in this cookie recipe? These sound great – thought they would be great for a work road trip on Friday. Thanks so much for all your inspiration.

  • CherylHD

    Great cookies Annie! Thanks again, for another amazing recipe.

  • Can I use steal cut oats?

  • annieseats

    I haven’t tried that. You’d have to experiment. Good luck!

  • Amy

    I made these today, added them to my Christmas Cookie arsenal. They are so good! Thank you for the recipe.

  • blissmamaof3

    I’m making all things pumpkin right now. Thinking I’ll try these with cinnamon chips I lace of the white chocolate. Thank you for another great recipe!

  • Alison

    Thanks for this recipe! So flavorful and moist. I added the flour and spices after I creamed the butter etc without mixing them beforehand. Worked great. Also was 1/4 c short of pumpkin so I used some cinnamon applesauce I had on hand.