My parents were planning on coming from Ohio to take care of the kids, but my poor Mom got really sick and they weren’t able to come. So instead, a young couple from church have taken on the enormous challenge of being “Mom and Dad” for 8 days. I like to joke that caring for our kids for that long will be the perfect birth control 🙂
In hopes of making this whole experience as stress-free as possible, I have stocked the freezer with dinners and treats for the week. I pray all will go well for them. I’m not worried about my kids. I’m worried about this poor newlywed couple……
Make your favorite cookie dough according the normal recipe. Instead of baking, portion out the cookie dough onto a large cookie sheet. You can put them as close together as you want because they won’t be spreading! Place them uncovered in the freezer until they are completely frozen, about 6 hours. Remove them from the freezer and place them into a freezer bag or reusable container. If using a plastic bag, remove as much air as possible before closing. If using a reusable container, cover the top of the dough balls with plastic wrap before putting on the lid.
When it comes time for hot and fresh cookies, preheat your oven to the correct temperature, place the frozen dough balls onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 3 minutes longer than you would the fresh dough.
I’ve never thought about doing this, what a great idea! x
Jen T says
Have so much fun! That is perfect birth control! I always freeze my cookie dough–it is a life saver! And good to eat out of the freezer too 🙂
I always do this with my cookie dough. My husband is the only one who eats cookies and he likes them best when they’re hot out of the oven. This method is perfect when you want just a couple cookies. Have a fun trip!
This is a wonderful idea. we like to go RV’ing, and taking all the ingredients for cookies is too much hassle. but there’s room in the tiny freezer to toss in a bag of dough balls. bake up a dozen homemade cookies when stuck inside on a rainy afternoon—fabulous!
My mom taught me to do this years ago, if you can go the extra bit and freeze them in vacuum bags, you will have found the everlasting fountain of fresh cookies!
This is is what we do in the kitchen all the time except our batches make about 350 cookies at a time (professional kitchen, we have at a minimum of 8 different flavors in the freezer at all times). The easiest way to do this is to scoop the cookies with a scooper. They make all different size scoopers. Using a scoop makes the cookies the same size which results in an even cook time plus you will always get the same yield from a recipe.
Which is the better way to freeze M&M cookies? Do I freeze the raw dough or should I bake, then freeze? I just don’t want the color in the M&M’s to run. I’m making these for my daughter’s grad party – three weeks away. Please let me know ASAP! Thanks!
If you wanted the freshest result, definitely freeze the dough into individually frozen portions. You shouldn’t have trouble with the colors. Good luck with the party Kim!