Oatmeal and Flax Cranberry Cookies

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Crunchy and yummy, with more antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids than the average cookie.

Oatmeal and Flax Cranberry Cookies

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Yield: 3 1/2 dozen
Published: 04/19/2011



1) Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment.

2) In a large bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, baking soda, salt, and egg until fluffy.

3) Mix in the flour, oats, flax meal and seeds, dried fruit, and nuts.

4) Let the dough rest for 30 minutes or so at room temperature, for the oats to soften. Towards the end of the rest period, preheat the oven to 350°F.

5) Scoop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Flatten each ball of dough slightly.

6) Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown. Cool them on the baking sheets for 15 minutes or so, to allow them to set. Move them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Yield: 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1 cookie Servings Per Batch: 42 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103 Calories from Fat: 48 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 17mg Sodium: 47mg Total Carbohydrate: 13g Dietary Fiber: 2g Sugars: 7g Protein: 2g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.


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  • star rating 04/25/2015
  • Mrs N from Taipei, TAIWAN
  • Just sweet enough (KAF's 2015 recipe of the year - a chocolate chip cookie - is too sweet for my taste) with a pleasant crunch from the flaxseeds and a buttery flavor. I did substitute some chocolate chips for the cranberries. Easy to prepare. My husband wishes I allowed him more than one (I made them for a bake sale).
  • star rating 02/22/2015
  • kayzee from KAF Community
  • Tasty, not too sweet, and super easy to mix together. I have made these a couple times. My favorite fruit and nut combination has been dried tart cherries and almonds.
  • star rating 12/11/2014
  • tht523 from KAF Community
  • I really like these cookies. Not too sweet, good taste and texture. They taste healthy in a good. way. I added toasted walnuts and they gave a nice crunch. Will definitely make these again.
  • star rating 12/03/2014
  • Banh mi from glendale, ca
  • Loved the texture of these cookies. I only had flax meal so I did not use the flax seeds. They turned out wonderfully. I added walnuts and liked the exterior texture which was crunchy and the interior which was kinda crumbly and delicious.
  • star rating 11/12/2014
  • Hilda from Maxwell, Tx
  • Not to sweet. Perfect for a snack or for breakfast.
  • star rating 10/05/2014
  • Sierra from Ga
  • These are the best cookies ever! Healthy,and yummy!
  • star rating 09/10/2014
  • danube66 from KAF Community
  • These cookies are excellent - great texture, excellent flavor, healthy, and easy to make. Thank you, King Arthur Flour, for another great recipe!
  • star rating 03/13/2014
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  • star rating 10/29/2013
  • Pam from Saint Louis, MO
  • My family did not enjoy these cookies. If you set your frame of mind that they are "healthy" then they are acceptable, but they just didn't taste very good. I followed the recipe with just one modification - I had no whole flax seeds so I finely chopped 1.5 ounces of walnuts instead. They were a little cakey in texture and a little dry. I weighed all of the ingredients so I wasn't off in the amounts. This is the first King Arthur recipe I've made that I would not make again.
  • star rating 09/18/2013
  • Denise from Athens, GA
  • After giving birth to our grandson 2 weeks ago, our daughter was looking for ways to increase her milk production. I researched several recipes for lactation cookies and finally turned to KAF to see what I might find. I've never been disappointed in a KAF recipe so was hopeful that a lactation cookie recipe was on the website. No such luck... Although this recipe isn't listed as a lactation cookie recipe, with a few simple modifications, it was easy to convert it to a delicious lactation cookie. Flax and brewers yeast are often cited ingredients for increasing milk production. The flax was easy because I keep a nice supply of a variety of whole grain products from KAF on hand. One sniff of the brewers yeast, though, had our daughter seriously questioning the wisdom of consuming such a "disgusting" (her description) product. So, I started with a conservative 3 tablespoons of brewers yeast and mixed it into the other dry ingredients. I wanted to increase the flavor factor so added 6 ounces of KAF mixed dried fruit instead of dried cranberries and 4 ounces of butterscotch chips instead of nuts. I considered adding the nuts but was concerned they might be a bit too much for the rather crumbly dough. After leaving the mixture on the counter as instructed in the recipe, I scooped tablespoon sized dollops, rolled them into balls and flattened them slightly before baking them for 10 minutes. I did a taste test on grandpa who declared them delicious! In fact, I had to quickly hustle them away before he ate too many. I delivered them to my lactating daughter today and she is quite happy consuming the brewers yeast that is very well hidden in the cookie's flavor. This modified recipe is going into my "keeper" binder as I know I'll return to it many times.
    Thank you for taking the time to try this recipe with changes you have developed and for reviewing it! I am going to make the suggestion to our Web Team for lactation cookie recipes! I know your daughter was more than appreciative of your efforts! Thank you for the feedback. Sorry to disappoint! Elisabeth
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