Red, White and Blue Cookies {under 30 minutes}

A deliciously patriotic red, white and blue dessert cookies made with oats, white chocolate chips, cranberries, and dried blueberries. This easy recipe can be made in under 30 minutes!

cranberry blueberry oatmeal cookies with white chocolate chips
so smooth

These oatmeal cookies are inspired by my favorite old-fashioned oatmeal cookie recipe. They are as beautiful as they are yummy.

I often take cookies or blondies to a summer picnics, parties or to 4th of July gatherings with other sweet treats.

ingredients for oatmeal cookies
simple, time-tested cookie ingredients

Recommended Ingredients

  • flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder
  • butter, softened
  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar (white sugar)
  • large eggs
  • vanilla extract (not imitation)
  • quick oats (not old fashioned)
  • white chocolate chips (the kind for baking)
  • dried blueberries (sweetened)
  • dried cranberries (sweetened)
patriotic cookies made with oats
chocolate really brings out the buttery oatmeal flavor

Best chocolate for oatmeal cookies

All chocolates work well, but the BEST chocolate for baking cookies is always chocolate chips or baking chocolate.

This recipe would also work well with a dark rich chocolate, as berries are frequently paired with dark chocolate bars. I’ve also used white chocolate in my red, white, and blue blondies recipe.

cookie ingredients in a bowl
large bowls are best for mixing

Red, white and blue cookie ingredients

Some other patriotic/4th of July dessert ingredient substitutions include:

Red: dried cherries, raspberries, strawberries

White: macadamia nuts, coconut slices, marshmallows, or add a drizzle of white icing on top

Blue: blue sprinkles, blue m&ms, or blackberries.

hand holding a red, white and blueberry cookie with a big bite taken out
the perfect summer treat

FAQ

Frequent questions for making oatmeal cookies with berries.

cookies drying on a baking sheet
cool on a baking sheet for cookie perfection

Fresh vs. dried berries for cookies?

Can I use fresh berries? Yes, but you may want to smash them a bit and pat dry with a paper towel before adding to the mix. This way, they do not make the batter too mushy.

stacked cookies with a bite take out with scattered craisins and dried blueberries all around
chewy, buttery cookies are the best

How to keep cookies from getting hard

To keep cookies from hardening, remove from the oven when almost finished. They’ll still be a bit mushy in the center, but not too mushy. You may test-bake a cookie or two to see how this recipe works best for your oven.

cookies with a glass of milk
easy to make, easy to store

Storing oatmeal cookies

Oatmeal cookies are best stored in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to a week. This recipe makes 48 cookies, plenty enough to store (that is, if they’re not eaten first).

How long can I freeze cookies?

Cookies may be frozen in an airtight freezer safe container for up to 3 months.

cookie dough
mixing the yummy dough

What to serve with oatmeal cookies

These cookies are best enjoyed with a tall glass of milk, atop ice cream, or as dessert.

adding cookies to a baking sheet using an ice cream scoop
add cookies to non-stick pan using an ice cream scoop for perfect portions

How to make perfect oatmeal cookies every time

  • Prefer a thin cookie? Use ½-1 cup less flour for thinner, less dense cookies
  • Need to add something? It’s easiest to mix inclusions by hand in a large bowl.
red white and blue patriotic oatmeal cookies with craisins and dried berries

Red, White and Blue Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are loaded with oatmeal, dried and sweet blueberries and cranberries, and white baking chips. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with a melt-in-your-mouth buttery flavor.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 120 kcal

Equipment

  • Cookie sheet (I use an ungreased airbake cookie sheets)
  • Electric mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 12 oz white chocolate chips for baking
  • ¼ cup dried blueberries sweetened
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (craisins, sweetened)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350℉
  • Sift all dry ingredients together into a large bowl and set aside.
  • With an electric mixer beat together butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy (~3 minutes).
  • Add eggs and vanilla, beat on med-high until well incorporated (~1 minute).
  • Add all the flour mixture; mix on low just until the flour mixture is incorporated (~30 sec -1 minute)
  • Add in the quick oats, white baking chips, and dried berries, and mix by hand with rubber spatula until incorporated.
  • Scoop balls of dough, about two tablespoons in size onto baking sheets, spacing a couple inches apart. Press down lightly on the top of the cookies with the palm of your hand to flatten just a bit (no need to do this if using the lesser amount of flour as detailed in the notes section).
  • Bake 10-13 minutes depending on the oven. They are done when the cookie has flattened out, the center has just settled and the center still looks just a little undercooked. (I would recommended to bake a test cookie)
  • Cool on the sheet 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Notes

Notes:
  • I like these cookies puffier and thick, but you could use ½-1 cup less flour for thinner, less dense cookies
  • This is a thick dough, and is easiest to mix inclusions in by hand in a 12 cup bowl.
  • Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week or can be frozen in an airtight freezer safe container for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 72mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 4th of July, 4th of July cookies, craisins, dried berries, oatmeal cookies, oats, patriotic dessert, white chocolate
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