Freezer Cookies a New Way

If you have read my blog before, you know I am big on preparing beforehand for guests. One of the easiest ways to do that is always have something on hand to serve them to eat. My favorite food item to offer to guest is cookies. I mean, who doesn't like to eat cookies?

There are a great number of flavor choices for cookies, as well as the possibilities of "add-ins" - those special goodies we add to cookie dough - chocolate chips, raisins, m & m's, mint chips, butterscotch get the picture. However, I have found that most people cannot turn down a good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookie!

Recently I was helping one of my daughters prepare for a string of different guests coming to visit her. We made some chocolate chip cookie dough together. We doubled the recipe, and then I had a brilliant idea moment!

Usually I make the cookie dough, scoop in by spoonfuls on the baking sheet and flash-freeze them. I take them off the baking sheet frozen, put them in a Ziploc bag, and freeze the bag of cookie balls. But this day I had a different idea.

Have you ever bought the "break and bake" cookie dough in the refrigerated section of the grocery store? They come in a square, but are scored, ready to break and bake; hence the name! I wondered if I could save time freezing all the cookie dough into balls and just make a sheet of cookie dough?

I have my favorite insulated rectangular baking pan. We doubled the cookie dough recipe and then sprayed the pan with olive oil and scooped ALL of the cookie dough right onto the pan! We used a butter knife to spread the dough to the edges of the pan, which was actually quite easy to do.

Next, we put them in the freezer to flash-freeze (about an hour or so). We had to use hot pads to pull the pan out of the freezer because it was so cold on our bare hands!

The next step was to not score, but cut all the way through the hardened dough to make tiny squares. I found it was easy to do if I divided the pan of dough into half. Then into half again, and so forth.

I forgot to count how many cookie squares we were able to make from one pan, but let's just say there were A LOT! I did separate the squares and put them in a Ziploc bag to store in the freezer. Now, when company comes, all my daughter has to do is take out how many cookies she wants to make, put them on her baking pan, and bake at 350 degrees. Easy Peasy!

I am liking this method better than what I did before (individual balls of cookie dough) simply for the fact that it saved a lot of time by freezing the batch all at once.

Oh, and yes, we did have a taste test! Still delicious!

To our guests.....We are ready for you!

Read my original blog post about freezer cookies here

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