Cranberry Oatmeal Bar Cookies

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

I always make this with cranberries but it could be made with almost any dried fruit. I adapted this recipe from a recipe in a mystery book by Joanne Fluke. This recipe can be doubled to make a 9 x 13 inch pan of cookies.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, rack in the middle position.
  2. Melt butter in a large microwave safe bowl.
  3. Add both sugars and let cool a bit.
  4. Add eggs, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
  5. Add flour and mix.
  6. Add the cranberries and oats and mix everything up. The dough will be quite stiff.
  7. With a spatula spread dough evenly into a greased 8x8 baking pan.
  8. Bake at 350 for 25– 30 minutes.
  9. Cut into bars when cool.
  10. These freeze well if you roll them in foil and put them in a freezer bag.
Most Helpful

Delicious bars. I make them in a square muffin pan using 1/2 cup applesauce for half the butter, dried apricots, raisins, walnuts and my favorite part frozen FRESH chopped cranberries. I double the recipe and it makes 24 bars. They are even better after freezing.

Lorieht April 12, 2013

Really nice bar recipe. I thought they came out a little too sweet. Next time I'll cut the sugar in half. Loved the texture. Thanks for posting.

Lucky in Bayview May 27, 2012

These were really good. I thought they were a little on the sweet side even though I reduced the white sugar by half. The next time I may leave it out altogether.

I also accidently doubled the spices. It didn't hurt them at all. And since I was out of nutmeg, I used allspice instead. I replaced 1/4 cup of the cranberries with chopped walnuts but, in the future, I'll just add 1/2 cup of nuts along with the full amount of cranberries. I can also see using dried cherries and almonds. Or dried apples and pecans.

I used a metal pan (8x8) and the baking time was perfect. I lined the pan with parchment paper so I could lift them out before cutting. I plan on baking up a pan of these next week and mailing them off to my niece at college. They look like they'll travel real well. Thanks for posting your recipe, Sandyg61.

Laura2of7 October 01, 2011