Whip up a bunch of cookie dough when you have time. Then, freeze it to use on those days when you barely have a minute to breathe. Here are simple instructions for freezing cookie dough:
For Scooped Cookies
1. Use a cookie scoop, measuring spoon or your hands to roll your dough into cookie-sized balls.
2. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and flash freeze (a few hours or overnight).
3. Transfer the frozen dough to freezer bags; label; and stick back in the freezer.
4. Store for up to three months.
To Use: Just pop the cookie balls onto a cookie sheet, and bake. Add an extra minute or two to the normal bake time to compensate for the frozen dough, and they'll come out perfectly.
For Slice-and-Bake Cookies and Roll Out Doughs
1. Make your cookie dough, and form it into a log.
2. Double wrap the finished dough in freezer paper or stick it in a freezer bag.
3. Store it in the freezer for up to three months.
To Use: Thaw your dough in the fridge overnight. Then, slice and bake as usual.
- Get a head start on your holiday baking by making (and freezing) the dough for all of your favorite Christmas cookies a month or two ahead of when you plan to bake them
- Cookie dough will absorb the flavor of other foods in your freezer, if it isn't wrapped well. Always double wrap your dough when using freezer paper or foil to avoid this problem
- Label everything you stick in your freezer, so foods will be easy to identify later. Include the baking instructions on the label, so you won't have to look them up
- Consider giving frozen cookie dough as a gift
- Trying to cut down on your cookie consumption? Just pull out enough dough for a few cookies whenever you have a craving, and leave the rest of the dough in the freezer for later