Santa Wants a Cider: Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

This week's Santa Wants a Cider cookie makes your standard oatmeal raisin cookie into a festive holiday classic with seasonal flavors of cranberry, orange, and winter spices. 

Cranberries and orange pair so well together, just like apple pie and ice cream (or Mike and Beth...we're so cute). The tart and sweet of the dried cranberries are enhanced by the brightness of the orange citrus. Adding cinnamon, allspice, and ginger amp up the festiveness of these cookies. 

And of course, Santa will be happy with the oatmeal and fruit to make these a healthier option (we'll just forget about the butter and sugar!). Pair this kicked-up classic with a cider, like the one we suggest below, for a treat Santa will enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Makes about 4 dozen cookies


1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger powder ½ teaspoon ground allspice

½ cup + 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar ½ cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs 1 teaspoon orange zest (from about 1 orange) 3 cups old fashioned oats, uncooked 1 cup dried cranberries


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. I like to use a flat whisk.  2. Beat butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until creamy.

3. Beat in eggs (one at a time), vanilla, and orange zest.  4. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture. Mix until combined, scraping the bowl as necessary.  5. Add oats and cranberries; mix well.

6. Drop cookies unto cookie sheets lined with parchment or a Silpat. Make sure to leave enough room for the cookies to spread.  7. Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating and switching the sheets halfway through. Cookies should be a light golden brown. Let cool on sheets for 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Cider Pairing

Sweet, tart, and citrusy from the cranberries and orange, these cookies carry a lot of the load when it comes to pairing. Keep it simple with a dry cider; something with tannins will help clean up your palate for the next delicious bite. We picked Bob's Your Uncle from Diskin Cider. The straightforward apple flavor is a great playmate for the cranberries, orange, and oatmeal, while the drying tannins keep everything in check.