Vegan Oatmeal Dried Cranberry Cookies

Yield: 9+ mega cookies or 24+ normal sized

Before summer is here for good–the mercury hit nearly 90 degrees today!–I wanted to post this recipe. Though oatmeal is heart-healthy and nuttily delicious year-round, I associate these cookies with cool weather. I was reminded of them recently by my good friend Sharon, aka “Ms. C.” An inspired cook in her own right, she pronounced these cookies the best.

3/4 cup vegan butter (I like Earth Balance)
1/2 cup sugar or raw sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar (you can use sugar/raw sugar, but the flavor will be a little different, and you might need a tiny bit more soy milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk (plain or even vanilla would work fine)
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (omit salt if using Earth Balance, as it’s already salted)
1 teaspoon cinnamon*
1/2 teaspoon cloves*
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg*
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)—toasting them first makes them especially good
1 cup dried cranberries (or golden raisins)
3 cups rolled or quick cooking oatmeal
*or substitute 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie or apple pie spice for all spices

Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat together the margarine, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Add the soy milk and mix until combined (it may look a little curdled). Add the flour, baking soda, salt and spices, and stir until well mixed. Add the remaining ingredients. Batter will be very thick. Drop by 3 inch balls (I use an ice cream scoop) onto cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until done. (If you make smaller cookies just cook them a slightly shorter amount of time.) Let cool until firm enough to handle and then use a spatula to transfer to a rack to cool completely. Cookies will still be slightly soft and chewy. Store in an airtight container.

Source: Adapted by Betsy DiJulio from Your Guide to Vegetarian Cuisine by Jolinda Hackett

Photo Credit: Chris Tyree

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  1. Hi Betsy! So glad you liked these cookies! I absolutely loooove them too! I’d love to feature this photo on my website along with your tips (with a link back to ya and credit, of course!) Just let me know! (at)

  2. Of course you can. Many thanks! I’ll try to find out who the photographer was and let you know for crediting purposes. He was one I didn’t know well and has since left the newspaper. I should have it in the hard copy I kept of the story and I need to post it on this site anyway, so I’m glad you brought it up. I’ll also email you at the address you left. Cheers!

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