Wouldn’t it be wonderful to always be ten minutes away from a perfect chocolate chip cookie? It is possible if you have a batch (or two) of pre-rolled cookies ready to go in the freezer! Read on for the simple instructions and never crave a cookie again.
OK, fine, with the oven heating up, in total, it takes about 12 minutes to have a cookie in your hands. On the other hand, there is no work to be done besides taking the cookies out of the freezer and popping them in the oven so I would say that it is still quite wonderful.
Cookie dough keeps perfectly well in the refrigerator for about four days. As a matter of fact the dough only gets better as the ingredients have the time to blend and tastes to mingle. You shouldn’t keep it longer though because there are often some eggs in the dough and it is better to be cautious.
The best way to have fresh cookie dough always at your disposal is to freeze it. Freezing individual cookie-sized rolled up portions is the most practical way to go for any cookie dough that you would normally bake up in a ball. This applies for example to my chewy chocolate chip cookies, rainbow chip cookies or cinnamony chocolate and almond cookies, but also to snickerdoodle cookies or molasses cookies. Rolling the dough into small balls also makes for a much quicker (and less messy) baking experience later on.
This means that you will form the balls of dough of the size you prefer, place them on a parchment lined baking tray and put them in the freezer. You keep them there for an hour like this. When they are frozen solid, just transfer them to a freezer bag and you are set to impressing all your kids friends with freshly baked cookies at a moment’s notice.
5 Steps To Always Having Cookies To Go :
- Make a double or triple batch of your favorite cookie dough.
- Let the dough set in the refrigerator for it to become solid.
- Roll out balls of dough as if for baking and set side by side on a baking sheet. If you have a narrow freezer like me (meaning there is no way a baking sheet could go in there) you can just set a parchment paper on a shelf and place the dough balls directly on it.
- Put the baking sheet with your cookie dough balls in the freezer for 1-2 hours.
- When they are frozen solid, transfer to a freezer bag, write a date on the bag and that’s it!
Cookie dough can be frozen for up to 3 months.
To bake the frozen dough, remove desired number of dough balls from the bag, place them on a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven according to the instructions of the original recipe, adding 2-3 minutes to the baking time.
Here are some cookie recipes from the blog for inspiration😉