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Aldi Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies (Bake Shop) Review

A hand holding a box of Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies from Aldi, on a wooden table.

Author’s note: I have no affiliation with Aldi, and I was not compensated in any way for this review.

The rumors are true.

A random fan sent me a DM suggesting I try these Aldi Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies.

So I did. What can I say? I live to serve.

Unfortunately, it took me a few months to find these cookies in my store. Well, three stores. I tried THREE Aldi locations. No Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies. Maybe they are wildly popular, or maybe they weren’t stocked in my area. My stomach found this utterly unacceptable.

(Yes, I asked a store manager. I was given a vague “I don’t know. We don’t carry every item,” and that was that. Boo.)

A hand holding an Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie from Aldi Bake Shop store brand above a white plate.

But my momma didn’t raise no quitter. I looked for these elusive cookies every single trip. And then — one glorious day — I found a SINGLE box… stuffed haphazardly sideways …on the wrong shelf. I snatched it up quicker than a duck on a bug.

All I can say is, these were worth the wait. They truly exceeded my expectations. Let me also add that I seldom relish grocery-store cookies. I will eat them, but I will make judgmental faces with every bite. There were no judgy facial contortions while eating these.

Close-up of a bitten Aldi Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie in a hand over a white napkin.

What makes them so good? Well, first of all, they should be called CRANBERRY Oatmeal, instead of Oatmeal Cranberry. Because cranberries are the first ingredient. Yup. A pleasant surprise. These are very fruity cookies, with just the right chewie-tart-tanginess.

Also, I love that these are made with butter (there is non-butter sadness, too — more about that later), and there’s a crisp caramelly-richness from the brown sugar, with just the slightest whiff of cinnamon. The flavor combination is satisfying.

I usually divide oatmeal cookies into two groups: crunchy or soft. Somehow, these cookies are both. I actually laid awake at night trying to decide if I should call them “crunchy,” “chewy,” or “soft.” And I could not decide. They are a strange (but ideal) mix of all three. The edges are slightly crisp, while the inside is softer, yet full of satisfying chewiness from the oatmeal. Probably the closest to a homemade taste as any store-bought cookie I’ve had.

My only criticism would be that Aldi’s cookies are fairly sweet. They were not disgustingly saccharin, but they do possess a strong, rich sweetness. It was more than I wanted. If you prefer “less sweet” deserts like I do, you might find them just a tad too sugary. That is all.

A hand holding an upside-down Aldi Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie.

Here’s the back of a cookie, for no reason at all.

Ingredients in Aldi Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Because I love my readers soooo much, I peeled the contorted label off the cookie box and spread it flat (on a napkin) so you could read it. You’re welcome.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Dried Cranberries (Sugar, Sunflower oil)
  • Rolled Oats
  • Wheat Flour
  • Brown Sugar (Beet sugar, Cane syrups)
  • Sugar
  • Unsalted butter (Cream, Water)
  • Margarine (Vegetable oil [Canola, Cottonseed, and/or Soybean oil], Palm Oil, Water, Salt, Mono- and Diglycerides (Mono- and Diglycerides, Tocopherols, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid [antioxidants]), Soy Lecithin [an emulsifier], Natural Flavor, Annatto Extract [color], Turmeric Oleoresin [color], Vitamin A Palmitate)
  • Eggs
  • Canola Oil
  • Honey
  • Invert Syrup
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking Soda
  • Water

The first six ingredients made me very happy. And then it went downhill from there. Not too steeply downhill, but maybe a little drainage ditch-type slump. I am not a fan of margarine, and I definitely despise cottonseed oil in my food.

I am, however, delighted to see that there are no preservatives or artificial dyes or artificial flavors. Yay.

Nutrition Facts in Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies from Aldi

A serving is one cookie, and contains 160 calories. There are 6 grams of fat, 1 gram of fiber, and 2 grams of protein per cookie. Out of 15 grams of sugar total, 14 grams are added sugar.

I will add that these are “filling.” I did not want more than one cookie at a time.

Price & Shelf-Life for Aldi Gourmet Oatmeal Cookies

A 14-ounce box of 10 cookies cost me $2.95. Per cookie, that is 30 cents.

The expiration date on my cookie box allowed me 12 days to eat these — which surprised me, given the absence of preservatives. I kept mine in my refrigerator anyway. It took me about 1o days to finish them. They did not lose quality or texture at all — mine tasted the same at the end of the 10 days as they did in the beginning. Sorcery.

Dramatic Conclusion

I would 1003.7% buy these cookies again. They are a good value, have “not terrible” ingredients, and taste fantastic. Great buy…if you can find them.

Good luck. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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