Oatmeal, Walnut and Cranberry Cookies

Thank you for your sweet comments on the blog’s new design. I remember when I was little, and I would get excited when I have a fresh new notebook to write on. I would draw colorful and bright flowers on it and would wear out my colored pens. I feel the same way with the new design. I’m excited to write on a new and fresh page.

Because I love sweets and baking equally, our freezer is always stocked with frozen baked goods. So if you ever come visit me at my house, I can quickly brew some tea (because I love using my tea pot) and grab a homemade dessert and have ourselves a tea party.

Almost everyday, I grab something sweet from the freezer after dinner for dessert. On a rare night that I don’t want to eat dessert, I’ll drink a few cups of sweet herbal tea.

When I made the Rustic Pasta dish recently, I had the chance to revisit the cookbook and browse thru my notes and other recipes I had marked to make but haven’t had a chance. I bought the cookbook in 2009 so it was fun to read my old notes.


I saw the recipe for Alicia’s oatmeal cookies and she says she’s not usually a fan of oatmeal cookies, but she is obsessed with these.  So I made the cookies with my own substitution. I enjoyed a few right away because they were so good and the rest went into the cookie jar to be enjoyed later this week.

Oatmeal, Walnut and Cranberry Cookies

Servings: Makes 10 to 12 cookies (adapted from The Kind Diet cookbook)


  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar (optional)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. molasses
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cranberries or other dried fruit
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine the oats, flour, sugar, cream of tartar, baking soda, spices and salt in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the syrup, oil, vanilla extract, and molasses.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir to combine. Fold in the coconut flakes, cranberries and nuts.
  • Using your hands, roll tablespoon-size scoops of dough into balls. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spaced a few inches apart and press down slightly on the balls to flatten the tops.
  • Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a baking rack to cool completely.

I really enjoyed these cookies. I love that it’s chewy and the coconut flakes didn’t get lost in the  mix. The original recipe used dried plums, but I used cranberries because I like the tart flavor it adds to the cookies.


The cookie dough felt really loose so next time I make these, I will probably cut back on the oil even more. The original recipe called for 1/2 cup canola oil. I used 1/3 coconut oil and next time I will use only 1/4 cup.


These cookies really spread out while baking, so make sure there is enough room when you place the dough, at least 2-3 inches apart.

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Because the recipe is vegan, I ate some of the dough and probably made one less cookie in the process.




  1. Eating the dough-awesome part of vegan baking recipes :). They look awesome! I have craisins leftover from a salad i made this weekend! A great way to use them up’

  2. Great job on the new design, Lea! It looks so beautiful, gentle, and fun just like you! 😀 I love the header too, btw. And that aquarium wedding looks so cool. It’s crazy that you were and are kind of near me so much of the time! I’m near LB and Anaheim too.

  3. A Tablespoon of Liz says:

    These look so good, I love putting nuts and dried fruit in cookies. They add so much texture!

  4. Love, love, love the new look! 🙂

  5. ykgirl says:

    Delicious! I will be making these this week! I’m loving the new design Lea!! It is so fresh and fun!

  6. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    Those cookies look flavorful and chewy. Yummmm.

    I have her book too but haven’t tried any of her recipes I’m slacking I need to start making some of the recipes I am interested in.

    Glad to hear that they are a hit!

    Happy Halloween!



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