Saucer-Size Oatmeal Cookies


No story this morning. Just my best cookie recipe—Saucer-Size Oatmeal with Chocolate, Dried Cranberries and Toasted Pecans. At least it’s my favorite. Maggy says my chocolate chip cookies are even better, but since it’s my post, I’ll run the one I want. : ) A version of this cookie first ran in Perfect Recipes for Having People Over. I was in search of a cookie that was big, chewy and crisp. After several testing days, I finally got it right, and here it is.

Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy the holiday weekend and check back on Monday morning when we’ll kick off the summer with a new look, a new post, and new recipe. Pam, Maggy, and Sharon

Saucer-Size Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate, Dried Cranberries, and Toasted Pecans
Serves: Makes about 18 large cookies
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 14 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup each: dried cranberries, chopped toasted pecans, and chopped bittersweet chocolate
  1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and oatmeal in a medium bowl. Beat eggs, salt and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix butter, oil and sugars in a large bowl. Stir in egg mixture until smooth. Stir in flour mix, then cranberries, pecans, and chocolate.
  2. Using a 1½-ounce (3 tablespoon) spring-action ice-cream scoop, form 6 dough balls onto a silpat or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown 16 to 18 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer cookies to wire rack. Cool to room temperature. Repeat baking process with remaining dough.



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  1. Maggy says

    It’s true – I am partial to your chocolate chip cookies. They really are the best in the world, no doubt about it. But these are a very close second for me. I love all the goodies in the cookies – the coarsely chopped chocolate, dried cranberries and the toasted pecans. And I know a lot of people take this recipe and really run with it. White chocolate, chopped dried cherries and walnuts. I know our friend Amber could go on for days about her love for this cookie. She changes up the add-ins depending on the holidays :) This is a keeper. Print this off and keep it in your recipe box. You won’t regret it.

  2. susan says

    I don’t normally like oatmeal cookies, but you’ve won me over with all the add-ins — I love different textures so this will be perfect. Can anybody eat just one?!!!!

  3. says

    I use Meanchef’s recipe for my basic jumbo oatmeal cookie and load it with stuff like dried cherries, (the best!) nuts and choc.chips (m&ms and raisins for the younger set) But I’m going to try yours next!

  4. Shelby says

    I’ve won over so many people who hate oatmeal cookies with these ones. They are my go to treat for any crowd. Can’t say enough about these DELICIOUS cookies!

  5. says

    I love oatmeal cookies, and my “leftover cookie” recipe is a basic oatmeal cookie, to which I add in all the leftover baking ingredients that I want to use up. I love adding shredded coconut, too. I’m definitely going to try this! Your recipes and I have this “love at first sight” thing going. :)

  6. says

    What Maggy says is true. This is my go-to recipe. I add whatever I fancy to this recipe, and every single time, it comes out great. Last time was just two weeks ago, when I made white chocolate, golden raisin cookies. I added a little cardamom, because as Maggy will tell you, I’m having a bit of an obsession with that spice at the moment. They were best once cooled, and overwhelmingly perfect.

  7. says

    Shear perfection…I omitted the cranberries, because I didn’t have any, and doubled up on the pecans. Also, used an 85% very dark chocolate liberally chunked. This recipe was a hit and will be used again and again! THANK YOU PAM!!!

  8. Theresa says

    I have made this cookie so many times I cannot tell you the number. It is my favorite cookie, and I have made and tried dozens of recipes! I rarely stray from the original recipe, except today I added a handful of shredded coconut ’cause I had some! I also make smaller cookies; each cookie is substantial enough in texture and flavor to warrant a slightly smaller bite. Other than that there is not much else that needs to be done to perfect this recipe further. Thanks for sharing!!

  9. annelise says

    I just made this and am eating one warm from the oven and I must say, they are delicious! Thanks for the great recipe! I can think of endless variations…

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