Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Cookies

by Kiran on November 13, 2012 · 36 comments

in Baking, Celebration, Cookies

Hey there!

A few things before I begin blabbering as usual:

I cannot thank you enough for supporting my efforts to raise donations for the victims of Support the Sandy movement.

There’s still so much to do and we should continuously rally to rebuild the lives affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Onto celebrations —

I hope you are having a great week! A very Happy Diwali to family and friends celebrating the Festival of Lights!

It’s gonna be Thanksgiving soon, and then Christmas. Throw in Black Friday and Cyber Monday craziness — I feel like a zombie trying to keep up with everything while traveling.

Could seriously use a cookie or two right about now.

We have been traveling so much and I think it needs an update:

I’m unsure if you are aware of my personal blog, where I usually rant about our travels, marriage, restaurant reviews and everything in between.

There’s a post about our recent trip to New York City. And it involves chattering about the best chicken meatballs we’ve ever tasted, macarons to die for (literally!) and biryani cart — all gobbled up in the Big Apple.

If you weren’t drooling enough, here’s something that can get you going again.

These may not look like fancy cookies from a famous NYC bakery, but they sure are tasty. At least, I’m willingly sharing the recipe 😉

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Makes 26 cookies


  • 1.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup bran wheat
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 tsp allspice powder
  • 1/4 ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 whole organic egg
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liner.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients thoroughly. Fold in dried cranberries and set aside.
  3. Cream 1 egg and light brown sugar in a stand mixer (or hand mixer) on medium for 1 minute. Add almond oil, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract. Beat until thoroughly mixed.
  4. With the stand mixer on lowest setting, slowly fold in the dry ingredients with wet ingredients. Do not over-mix dough at this point.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out cookie dough on lined baking sheets. With the back of cookie scoop, gently press down cookie dough, and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove and allow cookies to rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  7. Serve with a cuppa hot tea or latte.


I don’t know about you, but I’m just not willing to part with autumn. Nope. Especially with pumpkins. Can’t wait to get home and dig into the freezer.

Yup! I froze some of these cookies at home for us. Only trouble is, when will we ever return home? Or how soon? 😀

Are you a frequent flier? Or do you hate traveling? What’s your favorite place or where do you dream of traveling to?


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1 Rosa November 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

A winning combo! Those cookies must be quite addictive.



2 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) November 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Love the spices and that they are dairy free!
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3 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 13, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Beautiful cookies! Just what I need with my afternoon tea :).
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4 Richa November 13, 2012 at 9:48 PM

that is a winning combination any day! Let the festivities begin!
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5 chinmayie @ love food eat November 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I made pumpkin cookies last season! Can’t believe it’s been one whole year already… They look great 🙂
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6 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com November 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Your cookies look lovely! They make me very hungry, but unfortunately I am out of the butter and cannot make any tonight. By the way, I love traveling, and one of my most favorite places is NYC: I love its diversity, the energy, the food, the theater district, I could go on and on…
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7 Sammie November 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Hi Kiran! Happy Diwali to you! I’m eating some barfi as I am typing. lol These cookies look seriously amazing! I would totally love to have one with some warm chai latte….. And Kiran, I’m not sure what you’re saying because these cookies absolutely look like bakery standard to me!!! 😉 Nice job on the photography as usual.
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8 Choc Chip Uru November 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Your pumpkin cookies are picture perfect my friend they look stunningly delish 🙂

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9 Carolyn Chan November 13, 2012 at 11:46 PM

It really is a crazy time of the year for you ! Loving the updates and thanks for sharing this delicious cookie recipe !
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10 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings November 14, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Smells like the holiday season’s just around the corner! These are perfect holiday gifts or party contribution!
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11 Kathryn November 14, 2012 at 4:52 AM

I always need a cookie! I love the pumpkin and cranberry combination especially with some oats in there too.
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12 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb November 14, 2012 at 5:38 AM

Gorgeous food photos Kiran, as always. I am in a big cookie mood these days, interesting flavor combination. unfortunately I dont get cranberries here. =I
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13 Nava Krishnan November 14, 2012 at 6:23 AM

Beautiful cookies. I have a high weakness for any kind of food with pumpkin and your cookies are making me drool. Happy Deepavali to you and your family Kiran.
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14 Ina gawne November 14, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Kiran – I love the idea of pumpkin cookies. Well actually, anything pumpkin pulls my heart! I must try these in a gluten free version! Yumm!
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15 Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) November 14, 2012 at 9:58 AM

These look so amazing and your photographs are so stunning! Early happy Thanksgiving to you!
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16 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies November 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I’m not ready for winter either. I just don’t get inspired by winter like I do the other seasons! Pumpkin is such a nice addition to cookies. Beautiful photos!
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17 Nancy/SpicieFoodie November 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Now I want a couple of these cookies. They look so good and love the combination of pumpkin and cranberry. Happy Diwali to you and good luck with all the traveling and holiday prep:)
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18 Asmita November 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Beautiful cookies!
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19 Angie@Angie's Recipes November 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I love the combo, esp. the add of pumpkin in these oat cookies. Simply amazing!
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20 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy November 14, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I have never baked with pumpkin. These cookies sound perfect for this time of the year. Yummy combination of fall flavors!
Hope you had a fun Diwali in LA..take care!
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21 Juliana November 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Beautiful cookies Kiran…love the idea of of pumpkin and all the spices plus the cranberries…yum!
Hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂
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22 Kristi Rimkus November 14, 2012 at 10:19 PM

As usual I love the pictures. You are so creative! But these cookies are even better. I love whole wheat pastry flour. It makes the best baked goods, and since I’m not the best baker, I need all the help I can get. 🙂
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23 foodwanderings November 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Oh Kiran, I will head over to your travel blog and how nice of you to be joining the efforts to help the Sandy victims. These cookies look crumbly perfect! I love anything oats!

24 Sanjeeta kk November 15, 2012 at 4:40 AM

Have seen your travel blog..love the shots. Oats and pumpkin in a cookie…yes, please! Love the different style of lighting in the pictures here, Kiran..
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25 amy @ fearless homemaker November 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Oh, what a wonderful flavor combination in these cookies. And a very happy Diwali to you + your loved ones!
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26 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Happy Diwali! I hope you’re having a wonderful time 😀 Thanks for the link to your other blog too!

27 kitchen queen November 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Lovely healthy cookies.
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28 Cass @foodmyfriend November 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Love the earthy tones you have used in your shots 🙂 Such a great recipe. I want to do lots of pumpkin and cranberry recipes for Thanksgiving 🙂
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29 The Squishy Monster November 15, 2012 at 11:56 PM

You’re such an inspiration! And I quite enjoy your “blabbering” I look forward to it and I also enjoy these cookies!!!
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30 Deb November 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

It’s a cool, windy and rainy morning and your Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Cookies would be scrumptious to have with my coffee! Full of the warming spices of fall and creamy pumpkin, a magnificent treat!

31 Sophie November 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM

MMMM,…Your cookies look really appetizing, good & yummy too!

I will read about your NY trip now! Thanks! One day, I love to travel to Canada, USA & Australia too!

32 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 16, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I love to travel. My ideal situation would be a month in a city and then move on. If I didn’t have pets I’d consider it. 🙂

These cookies sound really good – I might have to have one too.
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33 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 16, 2012 at 11:37 PM

I like discovering new places, it’s the travel part that I’m not fond of. I can’t say I enjoy airports and planes much!
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34 Raymund November 19, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Where do you get your creativity, very impressive photos and recipe as usual.
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35 Nik@A Brown Table November 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I’ve been looking for a good pumpkin cookie recipe, I am going to try yours this week since it looks very delicious!
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36 Nami | Just One Cookbook November 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Wow beautiful pictures Kiran! Love the styling of each photography. I’m jealous of your trips to everywhere. I love the holiday flavors in these cookies!
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