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This post can be dangerous, because is there anything better than a warm homemade cookie? No. I don’t think so. In this post, I am going to be sharing a secret that will give you homemade cookies anytime- without having to make a mess of the kitchen.
When I was a kid, my elderly neighbor (who was like a grandmother to me) used to have days where she spent all day in the kitchen. She would make homemade cookies from scratch, bake them, and then freeze them. Oftentimes, she would pick me up from school with a couple of cookies waiting for me in the front seat- a wonderful after-school snack. I love how she was so intentional about dedicating a whole day to baking and then enjoying the baked goods for weeks and even months. Batch baking.
This process got me thinking, “Could I make a whole bunch of cookies and just freeze the dough?” I mean, isn’t this what they do for many fundraisers? Then I could have fresh homemade cookies anytime! So, I tried it with my chocolate chip cookie recipe, and it was magical. They tasted as if I had just baked them when they had, in reality, been frozen for weeks!
The process is super simple, but here are a few things that you need to make sure the quality is there.
Make the Cookies
I have frozen everything from chocolate chip to oatmeal raisin to snickerdoodle cookies. All baked up wonderfully after being frozen. The first thing you have to do is make the cookies just as the recipe instructs.
Scoop the Dough
Here is where we get off of the recipe. Instead of portioning your dough so many inches apart, you are going to put them close together – but not touching- on a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper for less mess). This way you can fit more on the cookie sheet. I highly recommend using a cookie scoop for this! It makes all the cookies the same size and shape, and clean-up is so easy!
Freeze the Cookies
Now, place the dough in the freezer for an hour or so until they are frozen. (This is also called flash-freezing.) The last step is to put the frozen cookie dough in a labeled freezer bag. On the bag, I write the type of cookie and cooking instructions. When it’s time to bake the cookies, simply grab as many of them as you want and bake at the time and temperature the recipe calls for. Enjoy the fresh-baked smell while they bake. Note: you may have to bake them a little longer since the dough is frozen when going in the oven.
Seriously, it’s homemade cookies anytime, and I’ve been guilty of throwing them in the oven just for me and my boys… because it’s Tuesday, and why not? This little hack is perfect for when you have guests unexpectedly, you want to take a treat to a friend who may be going through a hard season, or if you are wanting to participate in a bake sale but know you won’t have time to whip them up the day of the sale.