The smell of fresh-baked cookies is probably one of the most delicious smells in all the land! I love making cookies, and I love eating cookies, but I don’t always have time to make a fresh batch. Awhile ago, I discovered a secret way to enjoy cookies on a regular basis without baking every single day. On occasion, we will make freezer meals to help with dinnertime chaos, and I decided to experiment by freezing my cookie dough in ready-to-serve portions. My experiment turned out perfectly, and now we have fresh cookies whenever we want with no more work than turning on the oven. The steps below describe how I make freezer cookies.
Step 1: Whip up your favorite cookie recipe. Currently, our favorite is peanut butter chocolate chip (I’ll share my recipe soon). I generally make a double batch.
Step 2: Layer a cookie sheet with parchment paper (foil works, too). Scoop out your cookie dough (usually about 1 tablespoon) and place on the sheet. You do not have to worry about spacing here, but I would not let them touch.
Step 3: Place cookie sheet in freezer for about 15 minutes.
Step 4: Remove cookie tray from the freezer and place cookies in a freezer bag. Label the bag with type of cookie and temperature/time for baking. Put the bag full of cookies in the freezer.
When you are ready to bake some cookies, put the cookie dough on a cookie tray and bake! I let the cookie dough sit on the tray on top of the counter while the oven preheats. I also have learned that I usually need to add 1-2 minutes to the cook time.