Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Yes! Oaties in the Freezer!

The flowering trees in my neighborhood look so pretty! Today the outdoor temperature reads 88°F. No, this is not a day to bake. Somewhere in my freezer there must be one remaining Ziploc Freezer Bag containing cookies.

Tucked away in the back on the bottom shelf I located a dated and labelled Ziploc Freezer Bag containing Craisin Raisin Oaties. I remember baking them about a month ago. Today on this very warm day it is quite the find!

Whenever I bake a double batch of these chewy, colorful, delicious cookies, I package a dozen or two in Ziploc Freezer Bags after they have cooled. Into the freezer they go. These cookies taste so good after they have been defrosted. (Oh yes, a warm cookie also tastes really good about five minutes after the cookie sheet has been removed from my oven!) On a busy or a very warm day it’s a welcome find to locate a package to defrost. Sure, I know that my local Big Y sells “Gourmet Cookies” in plastic containers. However, locating homemade Craisin Raisin Oaties in my freezer can make my day.

Below is the recipe for one batch. Usually, I bake a double batch.

I now use 1 Whole Egg + 2 Egg Whites, rather than 2 Whole Eggs when preparing the batter. I also omit the Salt. Slowly add Flour into batter. :)

Craisin Raisin Oaties

Oven: 350°F Yield: About 3 Dozen Cookies

1 Cup (2 sticks) Margarine/Butter, softened (I use Promise.)
1 Cup Brownulated Sugar
½ Cup Granulated Sugar
2 Eggs ( OR 1 Whole Egg + 2 Egg Whites)
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 + ½ Cups all purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. Salt (optional)
3 Cups Quaker Oats (Old Fashioned, uncooked)
½ Cup Dried Craisins
½ Cup Raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Beat Sugars and Margarine/Butter together until creamy.
3. Add Eggs, (Whites) & Vanilla. Beat well.
4. Add Baking Soda, Cinnamon & Flour. (& Optional Salt, if desired) Mix well.
5. With large spoon or spatula stir in Oats.
6. Add Craisins & Raisins and stir well.
7. Place 12 rounded Tablespoons of batter onto ungreased cookie sheet.
8. Bake 10 – 12 Minutes, until golden brown.
9. Remove from pan onto wire rack.
10. Cool & Enjoy!
11. Place some in freezer to enjoy at a later date! ;-)

Craisins and Raisins make for one very tasty Oatmeal Cookie! Do you bake a double batch of cookies, and place some in your freezer?



teresa said...

oh these sound absolutely delicious!

Barbara Bakes said...

I don't make a double batch, but it sounds like I should. Sounds like a great combination!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

We always freeze our cookies too - it is great to always have a treat when you need one! Craisin Raisin Oaties sound delicious.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I can't believe how warm it was at your house today! wow! I thought it was really warm here at 67 degrees!

Those cookies look delish...I would love to make them tomorrow. I need to bring a dessert to a dinner at my friend's house, perfect. Thanks...

I signed up to follow your blog...hope you get a chance to pop by too!

Have a great Sunday~

Pam said...

Oh, these sound great! I'd love to have one now!

Stacey said...

Hi JG! Thanks for the sweet comments on my yard.

I am absolutely going to make these cookies. Craisins are kind of a recent discovery for me...I've only been eating them for a year or so and love them! You have such good ideas.

Anonymous said...

These look so delicious! I remember freezing aome of my moms Christmas cookies and then pulling them out in June or July. What a treat! I'm thinking of picking up and extra little freezer for just this sort of thing. Thanks for another great recipe.