Easy Oatmeal Cookies for Cookie Swaps

By Anne-Marie Nichols

Easy Oatmeal Cookies recipe for Cookie Swaps

These Easy Oatmeal Cookies are ideal for Christmas cookie swaps. Since the holidays are a busy time, I’ve created a basic easy oatmeal cookie recipe that can be made different by changing one or two ingredients.

That way, you can bring oatmeal raisin cranberry cookies to one cookie exchange. Oatmeal raisin cookies to another. Chocolate oatmeal cookies to a third, and so on just by changing the “mix ins” as I call them.

Easy Oatmeal Cookies recipe for Cookie Swaps

Get creative with your Easy Oatmeal Cookies baking

Not only are these healthy oatmeal cookies convenient to make, you can do flavor combinations making these cookies truly unique.

If you have leftover raisins and chocolate chips, do a half and half mixture! Or combine cranberries, raisins, and chocolate.

Try some unique mix ins like sugar free candied ginger, sugar free candied pecans, or unsweetened shredded coconut. For those of you who are nut free but like a crunch, try seeds like sunflower, pumpkin or pine nuts.

You can also bake up a mixed batch of Easy Oatmeal Cookies by dividing the dough in half and mix 1/2 cup of this type of mix in and 1/2 cup of another type of mix in.

Easy Oatmeal Cookies recipe for Cookie Swaps

This Mama’s tips for making oatmeal cookie recipe

To make this oatmeal cookie recipe as guilt free as possible, I’ve substituted monk fruit power for sugar and a buttery spread for butter.

Since I try to make my recipes gluten free, I’ve used an all-purpose gluten free flour. I recommend Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour for cookie baking.

While oats are naturally gluten free, you want to use a brand like Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats that is certified to be gluten free.

You should make sure all mix ins are gluten free. For chocolate chips, I like using Enjoy Life Foods Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. They’re also dairy free.

If you want the healthy oatmeal cookies to be dairy free, use a vegan buttery spread.

Easy Oatmeal Cookies recipe for Cookie Swaps

Easy Oatmeal Cookies make a great gift, too!

For a gift exchange, you can put the dry ingredients for the oatmeal cookies plus one “mix in” (or a combination) in a Mason jar.

Layer them to make a cook effect! (For tips on how to do this, check out Must Have Mom’s Reindeer Cookie’s In a Jar Recipe. Having a wide mouthed funnel is a must!)

Then tie a pretty ribbon around the jar, and print out the directions straight from this blog post. (Just click on the Print Recipe button.)

Fold up the instructions and put them in an envelope with your holiday card. You may also want to include a label on the jar.

Try these other gluten free cookies for your Christmas cookie exchange!

Easy Oatmeal Cookies recipe for Cookie Swaps

Easy Oatmeal Cookies

The best oatmeal cookie ever for cookie and gift exchanges!


  • 1 cup buttery spread
  • 1 1/2 cups monk fruit (or other sugar substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup “mix in” of your choice or a combination (raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut, seeds, etc.)


  1. Place butter spread, monk fruit, molasses, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl and beat on medium speed until well blended. (You can do this in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.)
  2. In another bowl, combine gluten free flour mix, baking soda, baking powder, soda, sea salt, and cinnamon. Stir until well blended.
  3. Pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Stir until well blended and smooth.
  4. Add in the oats and “mix in” of your choice. (I chose 1/2 cup dairy free mini-chocolate chips and 1/2 cup dried cranberries.) Stir until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Position a rack in the upper third of your oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets with cooking spray or use a silicon baking mat.
  6. Drop the dough by tablespoon onto a cookie sheet. With your hand, lightly press the cookie down to form a 1/2 inch thick cookie.
  7. One sheet at a time, bake 8-9 minutes. Prepare next baking sheet as the previous one bakes. The cookies are done when firm to the touch when gently pressed in the middle.
  8. Remove baking sheet from oven and let cool for 2 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Servings: Makes approximately 66 cookies (2” wide)
  • Serving size: varies

Originally published on December 12, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.

Easy Oatmeal Cookies for Cookie Swaps is the best oatmeal raisin cookie recipe for Christmas cookie exchanges and homemade holiday gifts. By adding ingredients like cranberries, chocolate chips or raisins, you can make a variety of gluten-free oatmeal cookies. These holiday cookie swap cookies are also dairy free. #glutenfree #dairyfree #cookies #homemadegifts #cookieswap #cookieexchange #baking #Christmas #recipe #easy #recipeoftheday #healthyrecipes #easyrecipes

9 thoughts on “Easy Oatmeal Cookies for Cookie Swaps

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      I think you could get away with no molasses. You could substitute honey or agave. Or just leave it out. If you feel the cookie batter is a little dry, add a tablespoon of milk or water.

  1. David @ Spiced

    These cookies look amazing! Oatmeal cookies are one of my all-time favorites, but I’ve never made them with monk fruit. I’m going to have to give this recipe a shot soon! Thanks for sharing! #client


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