Tuesday, March 2, 2010

adventures in freezing

these might look like little granola bites, but surprise, frozen cookie dough! i've been reading the bakers' banter from king arthur's flour these days in between my "studying." one of their posts were about freezing cookie dough so then you could bake however many cookies you want at the time you want them! how brilliant. so i decided to try it out. but i think i did something a bit off. b/c mine aren't baking right or maybe it's the oven. too bad i didn't think to bake a cookie before freezing it to see. i'm guessing it's either the applesauce that doesn't let the cookie become a cookie (mine stay round, and i press them down with a fork halfway through baking to get the whole thing cooked) and the bottom gets burnt too quickly! i will have to try the recipe again sometime.

oh, and yay for me, i actually used half butter half applesauce in this recipe (i do get a better crispiness to it when baked)

Chocolate Orange Cranberry Cookies

Makes 2 dozen

¾ cup all-purpose flour

½ tsp baking soda

¼ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup butter (1/2 stick), softened

¼ cup applesauce

1 egg

1 ¼ cup oats

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

½ cup dried cranberries

1 tsp orange zest

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine flour and baking soda in a small bowl. Beat brown sugar and butter until creamy in a medium bowl. Add apple sauce. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats, morsels, cranberries and orange zest. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes.

Adapted from Choc-Oat-Chip Cookies from Nestle Toll House

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