Oatmeal Cranberry Softies

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Cooling Time: 15 min
Yields: 3 dozen cookies


These Oatmeal Cranberry Softies are cookies that are sure to become your family's favorite. Full of chocolate, oats, cranberries and nuts, they also make great cookies for giving as gifts.


  • 20 NESTLÉ CRUNCH Hearts, unwrapped and cut in quarters
  • NESTLÉ Milk Chocolate Hearts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups quick oats, uncooked
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt. Beat sugar, butter, milk, egg and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats, Nestlé Hearts, cranberries and nuts. Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

oatmeal cranberry softies

by S. Sheila , MIDWEST CITY, OK on Nov. 2006

These are fantastic with white chocolate chips instead of chocolate. Make sure there's adult supervision to stop you because they are addictive!

great flavor

by c. cece , ALHAMBRA, CA on Oct. 2005

I love oatmeal cookies, and this recipe puts a great spin on it. I used chocolate chips instead of the hearts, and it came out perfectly. The cookies were very soft and chewy, and the cranberry plus chocolate flavor was just awesome. My friends didn't like them too much, but my family loved them!

Oatmeal Cranberry Softies

by A. Alice , STRONGSVILLE, OH on Apr. 2005

We love cranberries and this is one great cookie - soft and chewy with lots of flavor.


by V. Vickie , BATAVIA, NY on Mar. 2005

I never would've thought to put chocolate (let alone crunchy) to oatmeal and cranberry - but they were really great.We started eating them before they were cooled all the way.

oatmeal cranberry goodness

by E. Elizabeth , Phoenix, AZ on Mar. 2005

I grew up on cranberries having been brought up in New England, these cookies blend the cranberry and oatmeal perfectly. I made these without the chocolate to make them a little healthier, which also helped to reduce the rich / sweetness a bit, instead lightly drizzled them with a little icing. they were a big hit in our Christmas baskets, both for the taste and appearance


by B. Beth , NEW YORK, NY on Feb. 2005

I usually make oatmeal scotchies but wanted to try something different. Not only were these cookies delicious, but the presentation was amazing! My family is already asking when I will bake these again :).

oatmeal cranberry softies

by m. melissa , GRAND TERRACE, CA on Nov. 2004

I started making these cookies and got to the part to add oatmeal and found a bug in my oats but I finished the recipe anyway but not with my good cranberries and white morsils but with the stocking and tree chips bought earlier this year. I just wanted to try to see if I liked them enough to try them again. I did so much that I finished them bugs and all. yum yum give me some with white morsils and cranberries, hold the bugs

Who would have thought?...yum!

by A. ALI , Leawood, KS on Jul. 2004

I wouldn't have ever guessed that the nestle Crunch bars would have made such a good combination with the oatmeal and cranberries. My grandfather's favorite type of cookie is an oatmeal cookie, but he does not like cookies that are overly sweet. I made these cookies just to try them out and decided to offer him a taste, and he loved them! the children whom I babysit for love them too. So, they appeal to many people...those who like sweet cookies and those who like cookies that aren't too sweet. These are just perfect cookies for anyone! Thanks for another awesome recipe!

Good soft cookie

by p. paula , versailles, KY on Apr. 2004

I would rather have soft cookies and this one ranks with the best.

Great gift idea

by P. Pamela , Oklahoma City, OK on Mar. 2004

Made these soft and chewy goodies for a friend who was ill. Made her day and warmed her on the inside. A fun treat to make for someone who needs a little lift. Wonderful taste!!! :0)