Thursday, January 14, 2010

Frozen Balls of Dough

Do you like cookies?  Yummy, warm, melt in your mouth chocolate chip cookies?

That's a big YES in this house.

Gooey, ooey, warm, and yummy cookies.  Tasty goodness in the middle of your mouth.

I'm a big fan of the Original Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  It's my favorite.  FAVORITE!  You can't go wrong with it.  If you live at a higher altitude like we do (6700ft), use the high altitude recipe.  Believe me, it makes a difference.  Really, it does.  You'll just have to believe me.  Do you believe me?

I always make a double batch.  Why not? 

Then I bake a few.  They turn out...sad.  Limp, flat.  Um, sad.....that's all I'll say.  Kinda like I didn't use the high altitude recipe.  Fresh dough cookies always disappoint me.  In how they look.  They still taste fine.  It's the inner beauty that counts anyhow.

Yet, here's my easy tip....freeze that dough.

I throw that cookie dough in the refrigerator and forget about it till I have time.  That's usually after the kids go to bed.  Then I don't get asked a million times, "When can I have a cookie?"  I then roll the dough into balls and throw it in a freezer bag. 

Yes, you could roll the dough into balls and put the balls on a cookie sheet and then put it in the freezer.  Then when the cookie balls are frozen, throw them in a freezer bag.  But I like to wipe out nonessential steps.  Not essential.  Not at all.  Especially when you can't fit a cookie sheet in your freezer.

My cookie balls still freeze in the bag.  They just happen to freeze together....a tiny bit.  Just give that bag a whack on the counter to loosen some cookie balls or wait a minute and pry the outer balls off the other ones.  Not a big deal.

I set the oven to 375 F while I'm wrestling balls out of the bag.  Then they go into the oven before it's even fully preheated.  Bake them about 4 minutes extra from a fresh bake time.  If you smell something burning, you've baked them too long.  If the smoke detector is going off, well, that's a problem.

Frozen cookie balls turn out looking so much better than fresh ones.  Puffy, cookie shaped, and still as yummy. 

Plus, with freezing the dough you don't have 6 dozen cookies taunting you.  Because seriously, we'd have them gone in 2 days.  I'm not kidding.  Just Biker Boy and I alone could eat that many.  You want to know how many we eat in one sitting?  I make a pan of 9....for the 2 of us.  Yep.  That's restraining our sweet tooth.  9 cookies.  In our younger days, it was 12.  Yep, 12. 

Any favorite cookie recipes?  Tips on baking them?  Freezing them?  Go grab yourself a cookie and a glass of milk.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! That is a great tip for freezing the dough! i have never thought to do that. :) Those cookies look so good!!! :)


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