Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Storing Cookie Dough: Have Hot, Fresh Cookies Every Day!

There is no dessert I like better than fresh, warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies.

They are manna from heaven. One of God's greatest gifts to this planet.

But, the annoying thing about chocolate chip cookies is that you have them hot and fresh for about 20 minutes and the rest of the batch, the majority of the cookies, go into a cookie tin where they are no longer the warm, fresh treat that is so amazingly good.

So, here's what I do:

Every time I have a hankering for chocolate chip cookies, I make a double batch of Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookie dough. Then I only bake as many cookies as we'll eat immediately.

Then, I store the rest of the cookie dough in a gallon-sized bag in the refrigerator. Every day, until the cookie dough is gone, I bake a fresh, warm, ooey, gooey cookie sheet of chocolate chip cookies.

When we want them! After dinner, for a Saturday afternoon snack, when friends come over.

Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies take 8 minutes to bake. It takes my oven 2 minutes to heat up to 375 degrees.

That's a fresh batch of cookies in 10 minutes! From start to finish.

No more old, dried-out cookies sitting in a cookie tin. No more microwaving them, hoping them soften up enough to really be as good as fresh, warm cookies.

1. Make cookie dough. And, try not to eat it all.
2. Bake what you'll eat immediately.
3. Save the rest in the fridge.

Hot, fresh chocolate chip cookies. When you want them!

*Cookie dough will last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator - longer if you freeze it. If you don't think you'll eat all of the cookie dough in two weeks, you can freeze half of the dough in a freezer bag for up to a month, and keep half in the refrigerator. Warm cookies galore!

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  1. This is a GREAT tip! Although, I love the actual cookie dough the best, and I really feel fine about eating it the minutes it's made. I wonder though about raw eggs, after being cracked, sitting in my fridge for days.
    Yeah, I know they'll be fine once they are cooked; it's the DOUGH I'm concerned about. Maybe I'd stop eating the dough this way. Okay, now I'm rambling, but I REALLY love my cookie dough!

  2. Great idea! I've heard that the best cookie recipes involve letting the prepared dough sit in your fridge for a few days before forming the cookies. My husband can eat a dozen warm cookies in one sitting!

  3. Tracy,

    I love the cookie dough, too.

    I actually don't eat the dough after a couple of days - for the very reasons you mentioned. (raw egg wigs me out a bit) But, the egg in the dough is fine for up to two weeks as long as the cookies are baked! :)

  4. Great idea Sarah!
    Definitely going to put this one to good use around here :)

  5. Now why in the heck didn't I think of that? :) You're the best! Miss and love you guys!

  6. so true!
    check out my blog from when i was back on xanga w/ a similar tip...

  7. Katie,

    That is an *awesome* idea. I will do that the next time I freeze dough. Thank you for sharing that!

  8. Was just going to say I remember a tip Katie shared about this last Christmas, then I saw her comment. lol. I have always loved doing the same thing...that is, if there is any dough left! hehe Nothing says lovin' like fresh chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven!

  9. btw,... i've been fighting the urge to make cookies lately. i think i just lost. yours look great!

  10. seriously, raw cookie dough is my weakness. And no matter what I tell myself, I eat it, all. I can freeze it, no prob, just sneak in the freezer and grab a bite. Seriously, I can't stop.

    I love this idea... I just wonder if I have the self control it needs. It's true... freshly baked and warm or raw in dough form are the two best ways to eat choc chip cookies.

  11. You are so right when you say fresh cookies are the best. I'm going to try your way.

  12. i haven't done the refrigerator before ( i am sure my hubby and kids would eat all the dough... i am not a dough fan i want the cookie) but i have done what Katie mentioned. it works great. instead of giving the baked cookies as a gift i have given the frozen dough and put the baking instructions on them.

  13. good idea for those of us w/no self control; if I make a big batch all at once I eat most of them myself. small batches would be good.

  14. This is an ingenious idea. I can't wait to try it!

  15. I like to have cookies on hand as well! My extra tip: roll the cookies into balls and put them on a cookie sheet. Stick them in a freezer until they get nice and cold, then throw them into a freezer ziploc bag. Stick them in the freezer, and whenever you want, you can grab out a couple of 'cookie dough balls' to bake! I put my frozen cookie dough right in the oven as it preheats--it takes a little longer to cook, but I often like my cookies a little gooey anyway... :-)