Apple-Cran-Cherry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe -
Apple-Cran-Cherry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Apple-Cran-Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

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"My favorite recipe adapted many times from its original. Always a big hit due to taste of the cookies, and because they are low fat. The perfect on the go breakfast food."

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Original recipe makes 7 dozen Change Servings


  1. Cream butter or margarine, cinnamon, cardamom, baking soda, and brown sugar. Mix in applesauce. Gradually blend in flour, and then oats. Stir in dried. Let dough sit for one hour.
  2. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges are slightly browned. Cool on wire rack.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 22, 2003

OK I admit I was a bit wary, being I hate cranberries, so I halved the recipe. Now I wish I made the full recipe. The cookies came out moist and delicious, with a little bit of tang. Kinda like an apple cranberry muffin... I didn't have any cardamom or whatever it was called so I left it out, they still came out wonderful. I will definitely make them again. I made these as a snack for a road trip, they are filling because of the oatmeal and healthy as well. Thanks for a great recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 29, 2009

I made the recipe as stated. It was moist but I did not care for the flavor.

Mar 19, 2008

Fantastic ! I absolutely loved them, while my husband was less enthusiastic, but then I do the baking and we eat very few sweets. In fact, after the inital taste test, the rest of the recipe is headed to IRAQ in a goodie box for a great friend who's stationed there. He & his crew love oatmeal, so this should definitely fit the bill; and the tartness of the dried fruit is perfect. The recipe will be on my replay list. The only change I made to the recipe was to use a whole jar of chunky applesauce rather than the smooth.

May 19, 2005

I increased the amount of cardamom to 1/2 tsp, replaced the cinnamon with 1/2 tsp allspice and 1/2 tsp nutmeg, added 1/2 cup extra flour, and let the mixture sit overnight in the fridge. (I added the extra flour because my homemade applesauce was a bit thin.) The cookies turned out very tasty and were a big hit. The cardamom really does make a difference; if you can't get it at your local supermarket, it can be ordered from online spice stores. It's really worth it. I'll probably make these again if I have kids coming over, but next time I'll chop the dried cherries and cranberries before adding them to make a more even mixture. I'll also bake the cookies at a slightly lower temperature for a longer period of time, since even with the extra flour they're still a bit soft.

Sep 23, 2009

Wow, we love these! They are very filling cookies. I used soy bean oil in place of half of the butter, it is a healthier fat. Mine turned out very moist, not cake-like at all, but it may be because I used the oil. I added some white chocolate chips in one third of the batch, dark chocolate chips in another third, and one third with no chips. Our favorite was the white chocolate chip batch. I will be making these again.

May 15, 2004

These cookies have just enough butter to keep them from tasting too 'healthy'. I followed the instructions exactly (except for the cardamom, which I didn't have). The taste is excellent, like those soft brekfast bars you can buy at the stores. They don't seem to spread at all though, so I flattened them slightly before baking to make them look more like cookies and less like haystacks. This one's definitely a keeper!

Nov 13, 2012

Awesome! I couldn't find any dried cranberries, so I used copped dried apricots, and they are delish!! I brought 2 dozen to work :) Oh, and I've never used cardamom in this recipe. I never have any on-hand! UPDATE: When I make this recipe, I often use a combination of dried apricots, cranberries and raisins. SO yummy

Jan 20, 2003

Very tasty. I like that there are no eggs in the recipe. The cookies cooked up nicely, a little cake-y, but delicious.


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  • Calories
  • 179 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 81 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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