cranberry orange Krusteaz mix used to make chocolate chip cookies
Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 box Krusteaz cranberry orange quick bread/muffin mix (I even used the fat free box by accident and it still worked – but FYI, after adding the following ingredients – these are NOT fat free.)
- 1 1/2 sticks softened butter (I microwave it till it’s soft enough to stir into ingredients. Doesn’t have to be melted completely)
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 C mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375F (lower if your oven bakes hot… I had to turn mine down to 350 at one point) Open can of cranberry in the package and drain off liquid. (do not rinse). Combine package of dry ingredients with the sugar and butter and egg. Mix to combine. Add cranberry and chocolate chips and drop by spoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets leaving plenty of space because they spread. Bake 7 minutes and rotate cookie sheets and switch the bottom with the top and bake for 5-7 more minutes. As soon as you see tan edges take them out. They will continue to cook a bit on the hot cookie sheet. Allow to cool on sheet for two minutes. They are too soft to move at this point. Once cooled a little, you can slide them onto a cookie drying rack to continue cooling. Makes approx. 3 dozen cookies. Depending on the size of your cookie. I just made 50 cookies with my small Pampered Chef cookie scoop. Enjoy this super easy, fragrant, tangy, chocolatey cookie. I just enjoyed about 7 of them.
Finished Product – vanilla bean, fruit infused vodka
When I first attempted this fruit infused vodka I thought to myself, “If this works I may have a problem.”
1/2 C Simple syrup (which is equal parts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves)
bunch of fruit
1 vanilla bean cut open (some girlfriends ordered a ton of vanilla bean pods off the internet. I bought a bunch from them. I had a couple left and HAD TO use them for something.)
2 1/2 Cups vodka
Strawberry & blueberry and orange* so far. I put it in the fridge for the weekend. Of course I had to taste it each evening to see how it was progressing.
I used a small medicine dropper to taste the vodkas each day. I had some taste-testers that did NOT care for this. It’s strong. If you aren’t a strong liquor kind of person mix it in with some Jell-o. Or just sip it over ice. Or with Sprite. My mom and I sipped some of this blueberry vodka with Sprite while putting together an old puzzle she found at my grandmother’s house. Nothing better than giggling with your mom till you think you might pee your pants… when honestly, we could pee our pants giggling without a drop of alcohol. P.S. the puzzle is gorgeous. It’s a Norman Rockwell. I’m painting a frame for it and will hang it in the kitchen soon, where I may sit and sip my delicious vodka.
* I only had enough to try a small batch of creamsicle. This was 1/2 C simple syrup, vanilla bean, zest of an orange 1/2 a navel orange cut up and 1 1/2 C vodka. I’m so excited.
fruit infused vodka