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Gluten-free Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Today I’m joining with 11 of my gluten-free blogging friends to share a dozen gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes! My gluten-free oatmeal cranberry chocolate chip cookies are a fun addition to any cookie exchanges or neighbor plates you’re making. 

Gluten-free Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Definitely a favorite cookie of mine, I had to stop partway through typing up this post just to go make another batch of these gluten-free oatmeal cranberry cookies because I was craving them so badly! I’ve been making these gluten-free oatmeal cranberry chocolate chip cookies for many years.

While they’re yummy year-round, I mostly make them during the holiday season. They look pretty on cookie platters or in gift boxes that I give for neighbor gifts. I’m making them for a holiday potluck too!

Gluten-free Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Notes on ingredients for these gluten-free oatmeal cranberry chocolate cookies:

  • Certified gluten-free oats – Be sure to use oats that are certified gluten-free. I recommend avoiding any that aren’t certified, even if they are labeled gluten-free, and also seeking oats grown under purity protocol. My favorite purity protocol, certified gluten-free oats are Bakery on Main rolled oats or Bakery on Main quick oats. Either will work well in this recipe.
  • Gluten-free flour blend – like most of my recipes, this recipe has been tested with both of my favorite flour blends: gfJules gluten-free all-purpose flour and Gluten-free Mama almond flour blend. You can buy gfJules directly here or on Amazon here. You can buy Gluten-free Mama on Amazon here. I’m sure other high quality flour blends would work in this as well. My advice is to just avoid ones with bean flours, only rice flour, or with coconut flour.
  • Dried cranberries: I also really like to buy my dried cranberries from They’re stored/packaged in a certified gluten-free facility and these juice-infused ones are so much more moist and flavorful. They’re my go-to when I have them on hand. You can also use Ocean Spray Craisins – available at just about every store. They’re gluten statement is here, in case you’re interested!
  • White Chocolate: You can use chips or chunks here. I used Guittard white baking chips. I also buy them at my local Winco stores, at World Market, and sometimes see them at other local stores. The Guittard chips are made in a gluten-free, peanut-free facility. I also sometimes buy Baker’s white chocolate bars and just chop into chunks. I find these at every local store in my area. 
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate: In addition to the white chocolate chips, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips too. You could opt for milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips or chunks too!

Gluten-free Oatmeal Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Please note that this makes a large batch of gluten-free oatmeal cookies: about 4 dozen good sized cookies. I do not recommend doubling these as it will be difficult to mix.

Instead of doubling, while these are in the oven, you can make any of the other cookies from my blogging friends that are listed here in our Virtual Gluten-free Cookie Exchange.

Check out all 12 gluten-free cookie recipes from my awesome blogger friends, listed in the order they appear in the photo, left to right, row by row!

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Blossoms by Gluten Free Palate

Snowball Cookies by Allergylicious

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Mint Cookies by Meaningful Eats

Cinnamon Stars by Life After Wheat

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies in Jar by This Vivacious Life

Crock Pot Bark with Salted Peanuts by What the Fork

Gluten-free Candy Cane Cookies by gfJules

Coffee Flour Cookies by Flippin’ Delicious

Snickerdoodle Cookies by Veggie Balance

Lemon Cranberry Cookies by Vegetarian Mamma

Gluten Free Vegan Rasberry Pinwheel Cookies by Sarah Bakes Gluten Free


And here’s my recipe for these yummy gluten-free oatmeal cranberry cookies!

Gluten-free Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe:

Yield: 4 dozen

Gluten-free Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-free Oatmeal Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are yummy year round, but I definitely make them a lot around Christmas. My gluten-free oatmeal cranberry chocolate chip cookies are a fun addition to any cookie exchanges or neighbor plates you’re making.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter or coconut oil (room temp)
  • 2 large eggs (room temp)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups good quality gluten-free all-purpose flour blend*
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum*
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 3/4 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate or vanilla milk chips


  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer, add sugars and butter or coconut oil. Beat on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute.
  2. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla extract, until well mixed.
  3. In a separate medium sized bowl, whisk together gluten-free flour blend, xanthan gum (omit if flour blend already contains xanthan or guar gum), baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. With the mixer on low speed. slowly add dry ingredients from the medium bowl, mixing just until no flour is visible.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the gluten-free rolled oats. Your mixer may have difficulty with this, if it does, just remove and stir by hand.
  6. Stir in the dried cranberries.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips and white chocolate (or vanilla) chips.
  8. Use a medium sized cookie scoop to scoop onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches space between cookies.
  9. Bake at 350° for 12-13 minutes. Let cool on pan for 2-3 minutes before removing to cooling rack.
  10. Enjoy!


This dough can dry out, so it is best to bake the cookies the same day. I also do not recommend doubling as it will likely be too difficult for your mixer or to mix by hand.

Recipe tested with gfJules and Gluten-free Mama flour blends. Recommend either!

*omit xanthan if your gluten-free flour blend already contains xanthan or guar gum

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Gluten-free Oatmeal Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe

I hope you and your loved ones enjoy these as much as I do!

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Saturday 17th of December 2022

Thank you so much for posting this recipe. These were my favorite cookies before I had to make dietary changes. However, I have additional issues besides just GF. For one I have to be SF (or at least drastically reduced) I will be using Lily's no sugar chips and Craisin 50% less sugar. Also, I do not usually use the traditional GF mix blends. I usually only use the nut blends (almond, coconut, hazelnut etc.) Can I replace the flour mix with simple almond four or a blend of the other nut mixes if I add Xanthum gum? Thanks so much! Happy holidays!

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Tuesday 20th of December 2022

It sounds like you have way more experience than I do at using nut flours. So you'll have to lean on your own expertise regarding how those would work here. Sorry I haven't used them enough to know! Please do let me know if what you try works!


Friday 11th of March 2022

The dough is way too dry. Needs more butter? Another egg? Less oats? Not sure what the answer is.

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Wednesday 20th of November 2019

[…] even though no one can find these swirled chips, and I’ve posted an updated version of these here, I’m leaving this up for nostalgia’s […]


Friday 2nd of August 2019

Hi! I assume I add the cranberries when I add the chocolate chips?

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Friday 2nd of August 2019

All this time and I never realized that line got skipped or accidentally deleted from the instructions! Thanks for asking! Yes, stir the dried cranberries in with the chocolate chips. I'll take care of fixing that in the recipe tonight! Happy Baking!


Saturday 22nd of December 2018

Your oatmeal cookie recipe lists adding 1/2 tsp. of salt twice (2 separate locations in recipe). It doesn't reference this in the directions (as in: add 1/2 tsp salt at 2 different times in the mixing process). Is it a misprint or should I use 1 whole tsp. of salt?

Michelle Palin ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

Saturday 22nd of December 2018

I'm sorry! That's an error that I'll fix as soon as I'm back at my computer! Just use the 1/2 tsp. Not twice!

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