Gluten-free harvest oatmeal cookies studded with cranberries, dried apricots, walnuts and white chocolate are the perfect cool weather treat!
‘Tis the season to bake cookies! Fa la la la la, la la la YUM!
Can you tell I’m excited? I LOVE Christmas cookie season. Christmas cookies have always been an absolute must in my family. And also for basically everyone that’s ever known me. When I was young, I always helped my mom bake lots of delicious Christmas cookies and candies to bring to holiday parties and give out to friends and neighbors. Somewhere along the way, I got old enough to take over the cookies and they became my assignment for the holidays (my mom still makes the candy, she’s the best at it).
Once I got to high school, I started making the famous decorated cutout sugar cookies, among other delicious gems, to give to friends and neighbors, and ended up being known for them. They were expected at Christmastime and I was more than happy to make them! Baking Christmas cookies was, and still is, one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.
Since I’ve already shared my go-to sugar cookie recipe, among other holiday favorites like snowballs and gingersnaps, I’ve decided to bring you another fun seasonal twist on the classic oatmeal raisin cookie (or oatmeal chocolate chip, which is the favorite in our household). This oatmeal cookie recipe has delicious warm flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg to bring out the best in the chunks of walnuts, dried apricots and cranberries. And of course, there are indulgent white chocolate chips, too! I couldn’t leave out some form of chocolate. These harvest oatmeal cookies are pretty and festive, and the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie platter!
Make sure you check your labels on the white chocolate chips. Some brands are made with real cocoa butter (yay!), while others are made with hydrogenated oils (yuck). You want real white chocolate, please! I also try to look for unsweetened cranberries and apricots, so check those labels, too.
Did I mention that these harvest oatmeal cookies are also gluten-free? Yep! They’re made with just whole grain rolled oats, so be sure to get gluten-free oats if you’re gluten intolerant. They’ve got a soft and chewy texture with nice crispy edges theat go perfectly with all of the delicious fruit, nuts and white chocolate goodies!
These cookies make the best treat to go with cider, a cup of coffee, and a loved one, so get baking and make somebody’s day!
Gluten-free harvest oatmeal cookies studded with cranberries, dried apricots, and white chocolate are the perfect cool weather treat!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/4 cup ground oats (gluten-free if necessary) or white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup unsweetened dried apricots, chopped
- 1/4 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup walnut pieces
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Add ground oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix well to combine.
- Stir in oats, white chips, apricots, cranberries and walnuts. Place dough in the refrigerator to chill for 15-20 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Using a medium scoop, scoop dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Bake 12-15 minutes or until almost set. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Cookies will firm up as they cool.
What’s your favorite part about the holiday season?