Oatmeal Cookies Recipe With A (Orange!) Twist For The Holidays

Add a little zest to your holiday dessert spread with this cookie recipe, courtesy of a River Vale-based home baker.
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Cookie Season 2021 officially continues here at BERGEN magazine, where each December installment of our weekly newsletter brings to you a new cookie recipe you’ll want to try this season.

This week’s recipe for delicious orange cranberry oatmeal cookies comes from Lisa Starobinsky of Crispy Edge Cookies, a mom of two based in River Vale who creates cookie designs for special events (and every day!).

“The tartness of the craisins and the zing of orange zest make the perfect combination,” Lisa tells BERGEN. “Nothing says Christmas like a warm cup of apple cider or eggnog paired with a crispy gooey orange craisin oatmeal cookie.”

Check out Lisa’s recipe below, and then click on to check out more of our featured recipes, like the holiday sugar cookies from 500Spatulas and gingerbread cookies from Mimi’s Cookies.

And if you want to see your favorite cookie recipe in a future edition, email it to editor Rita Guarna at rita.guarna@wainscotmedia.com for a chance to be featured!

Orange Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Yields: About 12 cookies


1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup cold butter

1 egg

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour (can substitute all-purpose gluten-free flour too)

3/4 cup craisins

1/4 tsp. orange zest

pinch of salt, to taste 

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium sized bowl, mix together sugars and cold butter on low/medium speed until incorporated together. Add egg, vanilla, orange zest and salt to sugar/butter mixture and mix on low/medium speed until combined.

Once combined, add oats and flour to mixture and fold in with a spatula. Add in the craisins and fold into the mixture with spatula.

Once everything is mixed together, gather your parchment lined baking sheet. With a small ice cream scoop, scoop the mixture and place on your baking sheet. The cookies will spread, so make sure the cookies have a few inches between them. Pop them into the freezer for a couple of minutes before baking.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!

But don’t worry if baking isn’t your forte. Visit these Bergen County brick-and-mortar bakeries that are known for their delicious cookies. Just place your order ASAP—you’re not the only one who loves sweets this time of year!

Check out the rest of BERGEN’s holiday cookie recipes below:

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