Martha Stewart Oatmeal Cranberry Classic Cookies

Total Time
24hrs 16mins
Prep 24 hrs
Cook 16 mins

This recipe was from her holiday issue in 2001. Outstanding cookie other dried fruit may be used.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the vanilla, milk and eggs; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  4. Reduce speed to low, gradually add milk mixture and beat well.
  5. Add the flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Remove bowl, from the electric mixer and stir in oats and cranberries. Place dough in the refrigerator until firm, about 2 hours, or overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°.
  7. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  8. Shape 2 tbsp of dough into a ball, place on one of the prepared sheets.
  9. Repeat with remaining dough, placing 3-inches apart.
  10. Press the bottom of a glass to flatten the dough into 2" diameter rounds.
  11. Bake until golden but still soft in center.16-18 minutes -- rotating halfway through.
  12. Remove from oven, transfer with parchment paper to wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
Most Helpful

You refrigerate oatmeal cookies is because cold dough spreads more slowly in the oven so the cookie is thicker and more moist. In this case, it has nothing to do with the thickness of the dough.

Ariella January 31, 2007

I love these. One of the better oatmeal cookies I've tried, and I'm an avid baker! That holiday 2001 edition magazine is pure gold. It is my go to recipe source for cookies, year-round.

lilsweetie November 22, 2009

First, check your instructions. You mention MILK(line 4) and there is no milk in the recipe. I searched the internet to confirm. It is confusing. The cookie itself is bland. I believe it needs more spices. It also didn't need any refrigeration prior to baking. The dough is very stiff. I used my hands for the last step. I think there are better recipes out there for oatmeal cookies. I don't know how other folks feel, but I have never had real success with Martha's recipes with one exception, her gingerbread. Thanks!!

beth December 18, 2006