I don’t know about you but sometimes I’m just in the mood for some cookies. And because I like to bake I usually have the supplies on hand it’s easy for me to whip them up. But the problem I run into is that I end up with so many cookies. And since I’m trying to get back into shape, having a ton of cookies around isn’t helping. And I am not a fan of the recipes that make only 20 cookies. If I’m going to get out all the ingredients, measure it out, dirty up the kitchen, preheat the oven and then clean up, I want a decent about of cookies for my work. So what to do when I want to make enough cookies/ dough to make it worth the effort but don’t want just 60 cookies laying around waiting for me to eat them. Let me induce you to the idea of freezing cookie dough.
Maybe I’m not really inducing you to the idea because it’s a pretty simple one that seemed to take me a long time to do. Besides the problems it solves that I have listed above, freezing unbaked cookie dough has some other benefits. You know that mid-day low, maybe it’s naptime and you just feel like some chocolate, pop in a couple frozen cookie dough balls and enjoy a little bit of paradise before all hell breaks out again. Another benefit is when you are going to a meeting and you want to bring a little something but don’t have the time to really make something. I did this last week for a small meeting I was attending for my prayer group. I wanted to bring a little snack but I didn’t have the time to make anything so I just popped them in and in about 15 minutes (they were big cookies) I had a snack all ready to go without any mess or hassle.
So I thought I would share how I freeze the cookie dough and some of my favorite recipes to freeze.
- Line a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or foil. This really helps with the post freeze clean up.
- Take scoops of cookie dough and roll them into balls placing them close together but not touching.
- Place them into the freezer and leave them in there until they are frozen or I remember they are in there (truth).
- After you pull them out of the freezer, place them into a freezer baggie and label the bag.
- When you need them, bake them at the same temperature but for a couple of minutes more since you are baking from frozen.
Here are some of my favorite cookie recipes.