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Gluten-free Swirled Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

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These cookies were the very first recipe I ever posted on this site, so 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 sake. 

Swirled Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Every fall and winter I get a craving for these cookies!  I’m not sure why I crave them so much that time of year when they really would be perfect to enjoy throughout the year.  These perfectly chewy cookies get a little tang from the dried cranberries and the perfect sweetness from the white chocolate & semi-sweet chocolate chips.

You can make these yummy cookies with white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips or a mix of both.  If you are lucky enough to find these delicious white chocolate/semi-sweet chocolate swirled chips like I used, definitely use them in this recipe.  They are so good! 

In the past, I used these Nestle Toll House Semi Sweet Chocolate and Premier White Swirled Morselsbut haven’t been able to find them in stock anywhere so it appears they aren’t being made anymore. The chips I used this time are Callebaut Dark & White Duets, bought in a 5lb bag on a recent trip to a cooking/baking supply store and the ingredients list is free of gluten (I can’t find these anymore either so I think they’ve been discontinued too).

If you haven’t purchased gluten-free oats before, be sure to buy certified gluten-free oats only. I used GF Harvest quick oats in this recipe and it’s what I use anytime I want to use instant oats. 

I love to bring these to parties, potlucks, and gift exchanges and everyone always loves them.  Let me know if you give them a try!

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Gluten-free Swirl Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Swirled Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

If you can't find the swirled chips, feel free to use 3 oz. white chocolate chips or chunks and 3 oz. semi-sweet chips or chunks.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup your favorite gluten-free all-purpose flour blend*
  • 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free quick oats
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 ounces swirled (semi-sweet/white) chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine the sugar, brown sugar and butter; mix well to cream together.
  2. Add in egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the cinnamon, baking soda, salt, flour, and xanthan gum.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix well.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the oatmeal, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips until all ingredients are uniformly distributed.
  6. Using a medium sized cookie scoop, scoop cookies onto cookie sheet that is lined with a silicon liner or parchment paper. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes, just until the edges are lightly golden.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer cookies to a cooling rack.


I've tested these with and recommend Gluten Free Mama's almond blend or gfJules all-purpose gluten-free flour blends.

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As always, be sure to double-check your ingredients for gluten.  Feel free to try this with your preferred gluten-free flour blend, but I only guarantee a delicious, non-gritty result if you use one of the flours I recommend!

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Kristina Gallagher

Monday 10th of December 2018

I made these last year, and they were a hit with everyone who tried them! My gf friends and non gf friends and family, both loved them! This is a recipe I will make every year. Thank you for sharing it :) I used Bob's red mill gf flour and oats.


Tuesday 26th of December 2017

Made these tonight!! They came out perfect!! I did make a couple minor changes because I have to avoid dairy; used Earth Balance Vegan Butter sticks. I also doubled the vanilla and deleted the cinnamon. They came out perfect. Found dairy free white chocolate chips on Amazon in case anyone needs them- Liebers Decorating Chips. Thanks for the recipe, this is a keeper.


Sunday 27th of November 2016

Could you do all raisins instead of the cranberries and chocolate?


Monday 8th of July 2013

Looking to try out this recipe but it's missing the amount of cranberries to use :). Let me know what it is. I'm eager to make these!

Michelle Palin

Monday 8th of July 2013

I don't know how I missed that all this time! The recipe should say 3/4 cup dried cranberries. I'm off to add that now! Thanks so much for pointing out that omission.

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