Orange & Cranberry Spiced Oatmeal Cookies

Homemade cookies are the best Christmas gifts you can give because they always look like you went through a lot more effort than you actually did. And drop cookies, the type that you just “drop” balls of cookie dough on your sheet tray, are even more fuss free because there’s no shaping/waiting/rolling/cutting involved.


These puffy, chewy oatmeal cookies are inspired by this recipe on Butter Baking, but I’ve made them more Christmassy with flavours like orange, cranberry, and warming spices.


  • 110g unsalted butter, softened
  • 75g soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice (opt.)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (opt.)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 125g instant or quick-cooking oats
  • 70g to 100g dried cranberries, lightly chopped
  • 50g walnuts, chopped (opt.)

Makes about 20 cookies.


Step 1: Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F). Line a sheet pan (or two so you can bake continuously) with baking paper.

Step 2: Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and orange zest and mix those in. Mix in the rest of the dry ingredients to get your dough. Rest in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes.

Step 3: Dish out tablespoon-sized dough balls onto your sheet pan about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges just turn a golden brown.


Put your cookies in a nice tin, maybe finished off with some ribbon, and voilà, Christmas gift done.


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