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Purchased at: Trader Joe’s
Price: $2.99 (makes 16 cookies)

I’m going to be honest here. I’ve had this box of cookie dough in my freezer for about a year now. I made them a few times last summer, but then they got pushed all the way to the back behind a giant bag of ice and various other frozen foods. I rediscovered them yesterday, with only about 5 cookies missing from the box. I pulled them out and made two for a quick mid-homework snack.

The color of these cookies was a little bit off…they were sort of a greyish tan, though I’m willing to bet that’s my fault. I like soft cookies, so I underbaked them a little bit (the box recommends 12 minutes for soft/chewy cookies, and I went with 10). The edges got nice and crispy, but the middles were still raw and gooey. Just the way I like them! Cooking these things could not be any easier – you throw some parchment paper on a cookie sheet and plop however many preformed cookie dough balls onto it. Wait 10-17 minutes (depending on what texture/degree of crispiness you like) and, voila! Cookies. Hot and fresh from the oven. And you have zero dishes to do. Amazing.

How do they taste? Pretty good! The cranberries are a little sweeter than I would prefer, but it’s okay because there aren’t too many of them. If I had to guess, I’d say there were about 4-6 cranberries in each cookie, which is a pretty good balance. The oatmeal does a good job of counteracting the sweetness, and the dough is delicious. It tastes faintly of brown sugar and vanilla. I made two more for a snack today because I liked them so much when I rediscovered them yesterday.

If you’re in the mood for something quick, easy, and sweet, these cookies are great. They aren’t as good as homemade cookies, but they’re a great substitute if you’re running low on time (or if you only want one or two cookies).