Cranberry-Orange Oatmeal Cookies {Recipe}

It's always a good thing when you come up with a baking hack that actually becomes a household staple. 

These cookies were originally a just-for-fun idea when I was working with Krusteaz on some projects, but they've become a default in our house. The kids asked for muffins this week after we got home from my husband's birthday ski trip.  That reminded me of this recipe, so we made muffin cookies instead!

I love baking and I love baking hacks.  Sometimes you just need a quick and easy idea to get something out of the oven.

These Cranberry-Orange Oatmeal Cookies definitely fit the bill as easy and they're really tasty too.  Krusteaz brand Cranberry Orange Muffin mix is combined with extra oatmeal, brown sugar, and baking items to make cookies that taste like muffin tops.  I've made them for the kids and I've made them to take to church and they always go quickly.  I even keep a spare box of the mix handy so we can make them at the last minute (and this isn't even a sponsored post, I just really love this mix and cookies).

Cranberry-Orange Oatmeal Cookies

1 box Krusteaz Cranberry Orange Muffin Mix
3/4 cup oatmeal (I buy the quick cooking oats)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon milk
2 eggs
  • In a bowl, muffin mix, oats, brown sugar, oil, milk, and egg. Mix well.
  • Gently stir in the can of cranberries from the package.
  • Drop spoonfuls of dough on a parchment covered cookie sheet (I use a melon baller for this).
  • Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, or until the cookies are set and lightly browned at the edges. 

These are also absolutely wonderful with a blueberry muffin mix, providing you find one that comes with a tin of blueberries inside, instead of the dried blueberries.  (Krusteaz definitely has this option, some other brands do too.  Look for ones mentioning wild blueberries.)

We want to experiment with a few other flavors too, even if we need to add our own fresh berries.