Looking for snack or dessert ideas?  This week we are concentrating on snack and dessert recipes as we follow along with Money Saving Mom and her 4 Weeks To Fill Your Freezer series.

Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup shortening or butter (softened)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup  sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups oats (rolled or quick oats)
  • 1 12-oz. package chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together first six ingredients. Add flour, baking soda, salt and oats. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Roll into 1-1 1/2-inch balls. Place on greased cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes or until done. Makes approximately 40 cookies.

To Freeze:

Roll dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Freeze for 1-2 hours.

Put frozen cookie dough balls into a plastic freezer bag and seal tightly.

When ready to bake, pull out the desired amount of balls and place on a greased cookie sheet for 30-45 minutes to thaw. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until done.

Not only do I like the whole grain goodness of this recipe but how about the opportunity for portion control? Once you have your dough mixed up and frozen you can thaw and bake as many or as few cookies as you like. What a wonderful way to keep yourself from consuming more than you should. I know it is probably not frugal to start your oven and bake only six cookies at a time, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices for what is truly important for you at the time, and in line with your goals during a particular season of your life.

What are you making to fill your freezer?