So this post might seem relatively obvious. However, this idea never occurred to me until I was in college.
When I was in high school, and I would bake cookies at my house, I would just make whatever the recipe called for, bake them all and put them in a cookie jar for everyone at home to eat. I had a pretty big family (3 sisters, 1 brother, my parents, all the friends that were constantly in and out, etc.), so within the week they would all be eaten.
However, when I moved away to college and I was in Drew’s tiny studio apartment baking cookies for just the two of us, it occurred to be that there was no way that we could eat (or needed to eat) an entire batch of cookies ourselves. I tried cutting recipes in half or into a fourth, but sometimes the math gets really hard with that, especially if the recipe only calls for 1 egg.
Over Christmas break my freshman year of college, I was at my older sister’s house and saw that she just made up her cookie dough and froze it into balls to pop in the oven whenever. What a genius idea! (Although, I’m sure many other people do this as well)
From then on, that is what I do when I get into baking moods. I make the entire batch of dough, then only cook a few cookies for the two of us to eat then. Then I simply freeze the rest in balls that can be baked whenever for freshly baked cookies anytime! (It’s like homemade easy-bake cookie dough!)
It is super simple. Just scoop your cookie dough out into balls onto a cookie sheet. Place them close together, but not touching.
Stick the cookies into the freezer on the sheet for a few hours, or until frozen solid. Once they are frozen, take them out of the freezer, pop them off the cookie sheet and place into a ziploc freezer bag.
Then take a Sharpie and label the bag with the type of cookie and the cooking instructions.
Then you can pop them back into your freezer to pull out and bake whenever you get a sweet craving, have unexpected guests over, etc. It is lovely to be able to have a couple homemade cookies fresh and warm without having to make a mess in the kitchen every time.
As you can see, I have several different kinds in my deep freezer:
The cookies in the demonstration above are Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies, recipe here.
Which of course are making my mouth water, but unfortunately I can’t eat right now since I gave up carbs for Lent. 🙁