Homemade Freezer Cookie Dough


Okay, by now y’all have figured out that I like to make things as simple as possible for myself in the kitchen. I’m always looking for ways to make things ahead and simplify my meal preparation without resorting to unhealthy prepackaged products.
I also LOVE chocolate and sweets. We all know that storebought cookies and cookie dough aren’t good for us….but they sure are convenient! To lessen the temptation to blow my budget, not to mention my health, on packaged cookies and sweets, I need another way to satisfy my sweet tooth.
So…here’s what I do. It’s not all that original or creative, but it works!
About once a month, I make a gigantic batch of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. While not exactly a health food, at least they’re made with fresh ground flour, honey, and sucanat. A triple batch fills my Bosch Universal mixer up pretty darn full. I’ve never actually counted exactly how many cookies I can get from a batch this size, but we’re talking dozens and dozens.
The thing that’s such a hassle about making cookies, especially a sizable batch, isn’t really the mixing part, it’s the cooking part! Scooping dough onto cookies sheets and baking them a couple dozen at a time takes forever.
So….I mix up our huge batch, cook several dozen up, and eat a dozen a few while transferring them to the cooling rack. Then, I cover a large cookie sheet with wax paper and put as many cookie-size dough balls on it as I can, using my trusty Pampered Chef scoop. I cover these with another layer of wax paper and fill it up, and so on until I’m out of dough. I put the tray in the freezer overnight, then pull it out and transfer the now-frozen “cookie balls” to a ziploc bag.
Now, in a day or two a week or so, when the first few dozen are gone and I get a hankerin’ for a fresh baked cookie or three, I can pull the bag out of the freezer, throw a dozen or two or three in the oven, and have them ready in minutes! I adjust the cooking time just a little bit to account for the dough being frozen.
(The dough balls are pretty tasty to just eat straight out of the freezer too.)

Ahem.

So there you have it. Another homemade convenience food straight from Kara’s kitchen.
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Comments

  1. How have I never thought of that before?!? What a wonderful idea!!!

  2. What kind of a person would advocate eating cookie dough straight from the freezer???? Are you crazy????(oh, wait… I do that too… uhhh, ummm, well, uhhhh, I was saying….)It has been a long time since I've done this, thanks for the inspiration to freeze some good stuff instead of just spaghetti sauce and the like. :)

  3. Do you have your cookie recipe posted anywhere? :)

  4. Love this idea! I am trying to make better use of my freezer and this would work well!

  5. Great tip….I do this one myself!Love me some homemade cookies!

  6. LOL, Debra. Yeah, I'm one of THOSE people…Tanya…I'm planning to try to get it posted today! It's not in my recipe program, so I actually have to sit down and type it up…I know, so much work, right?Tracey…a great thing is that it takes up so little room, so even if you have limited freezer space you can do it.

  7. Oooo those look good. :)

  8. No hurry Kara…..it's just that all your recipes that I've tried have been a huge hit around here. And I have yet to find a healthy recipe for chocolate chip cookies that my family likes.

  9. I also do the freezer dough. It lasts oh a day maybe. lol

  10. love the freezer dough either make at home or store bought (only with sale or coupon)

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