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Freezer Cooking – Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

The last 3 weeks I’ve been sharing with you freezer cooking staples which I hope are helping to make your dinners a little faster.  Today I’m going share what my husband loves to have in the house on demand :)  It’s a sweet treat, and I’ve found it very nice to have them on hand in the freezer. Having cookie dough in the freezer makes making these favorite cookies very easy. Try making these for yourself, or tweaking the recipe to your favorite, while using this simple process. I’m sure your family will love it!

 Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour  (you could substitute for regular whole wheat flour or all purpose flour if you’d like)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (melted – I used unrefined coconut oil so it did have a hint of coconut flavor, which I love.  If you don’t have coconut oil on hand just increase the butter a 1/4 cup)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup  sugar (I used Turbinado)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice (or 2 tsp orange flavoring)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cup of dried cranberries

In a large bowl combine: flour, baking soda, salt and oats and set to the side. Next, in a stand mixer combine: butter, coconut oil, sugar, eggs, orange juice and zest.  Mix together on med-low speed until all is well incorporated.  Then add dry ingredients.  Once cookie dough is mixed well.  Fold in cranberries.

Freezer Cooking Directions:

If you are just planning on storing cookies for a later date.  Divide batter into 3 portions.  Take each portion and make into a log shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and place into freezer bag.  When ready to use, thaw out on the counter for 30 to 40 minutes (or use the defrost feature on microwave, very briefly 1 to 2 minutes). Each cookie roll will make approximately 12 cookies.

Bake them now (because you and your family can’t resist):

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  On a lined cookie sheet, place 1 inch balled cookie dough on sheet.  Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until done.

If you are not a huge fan of cranberry orange cookies thats okay, substitute 1 tsp of vanilla instead of orange juice and add chocolate or peanut butter chips to your cookies instead of cranberries. Or add other favorite dried fruit such as blueberries.

 What are your favorite cookies to make? What ways do you use to make them simply?  Share in the comments! 



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  1. Those look sooo yummy! I love cranberry and orange. It would be sooo dangerous for me to have cookie dough on hand! hehe I don’t really have any good ideas to make them simply. I usually make a disaster out of my whole kitchen. So I really like your idea! 😀