Berry Nutty Oatmeal Cookies

Lori Thoman Recipe

By Lori Thoman GimmeFlowers


This chewy oatmeal cookie, filled with sweet dried cranberries, coconut, and toasted pecans is 'berry nutty' indeed! I love a warm, chewy oatmeal cookie and spent many years trying to find just the right recipe. One day while gathering ingredients from my pantry for a batch of oatmeal cookies, I spied dried cranberries, coconut, and pecans left over from other baking projects and decided to use them up. My daughter named the cookie "Berry Nutty Oatmeal."

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
What a combo: sweet berries, crunchy nuts and scrummy oatmeal! Love.


3/4 c
1 1/8 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/4 c
butter, softened (2 1/2 sticks)
2 large
1 1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
2 1/4 c
all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp
baking soda
1 1/2 tsp
baking powder
1 1/2 tsp
cinnamon, ground
2 c
oats, regular
1 c
3/4 c
dried cranberries
1 c
pecans, in pieces

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together sugars, butter, and eggs.
Add vanilla and mix.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, soda, baking powder, cinnamon and oats.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
Stir in coconut, cranberries and pecans.
Drop by teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. (Do not overbake!)
SUGGESTIONS: Only use REAL butter. Toasting the pecans adds a wonderful flavor but when time is short, I leave out this step and the cookies are still delicious!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American

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Jan 13, 2012 - Karla Everett shared this recipe with discussion groups: COCONUT LOVERS UNITE Cookies,Cookies,Cookies!
Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
Feb 23, 2012
Janet awarded this recipe a Blue Ribbon!

What a combo: sweet berries, crunchy nuts and scrummy oatmeal! Love.
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Judy Trimpe GrannyT
Feb 29, 2012
These are very good cookies. I took mine out of the oven after 14 minutes and they were perfect. I nice twist on ordinary oatmeal cookies. Very tasty, moist and chewy. Thanks for the recipe.
Euniece Brenchley grannyapple37
Mar 9, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
barbara zito bezonline
Mar 18, 2012
sounds goood, but i dont think i can get passed the amount of fat and sugar in it.
Woodsy Girl WoodsyGirl
Mar 18, 2012
Can anyone suggest a viable substitute for the coconut? I could just omit it, but at a full cup, that will significantly reduce the bulk of the recipe. Normally I use oats instead of coconut, but this already has plenty of oats. If I use something that reacts differently with moisture than oats or coconut, will that change (pardon the pun) how the cookie crumbles?
Jane Sutton Celticcook1
Mar 18, 2012
Lori could I use craisins instead of the dried cranberries as I always have craisins in the house.Just wondering if I could exchange as they are no diffrent then raisins. Thank you for posting and congrats on the blue ribbon. :)
Vivian Brannock vbrannock
Mar 18, 2012
On the Berry Nutty Oatmeal Cookie recipe, I like to be specific with what type of flour used, please list whether it was Plain, Self-rising, Cake Flour, or All-Purpose....please adjust this recipe so everyone will have a corrected copy.....Thanks!
sharon kennedy shamarken
Mar 18, 2012
These cookies are very good and easy to make. I actually take these to work for breakfast when I'm running late. To comment on Vivian's post, I've always been taught that most recipes call for plain flour when baking powder and baking soda or salt are added. These ingredients would not be a needed addition with SR flour. However, there are recipes using both but I have found them to not be very good. This is just a rule of thumb learned way back in the day in home economics class...many, many years ago.
Margaret Schrader notsolargemarge
Mar 18, 2012
Lori these look fantastic can't wait to try them.
Pineapple Diva pineapplediva
Mar 18, 2012
I agree; they look delicious! I am bake some today!
Paula Duarte Cookiediva
Mar 18, 2012
These look fantastic, will have to make them soon. And for the question above, dried cranberries are called craisins, so you are all set. Happy National Oatmeal Cookie Day everyone.
Cori Klasson TG001
Mar 18, 2012
How much is 1 stick of butter - 1 c.? 1-1/2 c? Butter here doesn't usually come in sticks.
Carol Davidson lcdavid1969
Mar 18, 2012
1 stick of butter traditionally = 1/2 cup