Freezer Ready Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Chocolate chip cookies are one of life’s greatest things.  They are such a classic cookie and yet they never go out of style.  I love cookies and I never turn down a chocolate chip cookie, which is part of my problem.  I used to whip up a batch of cookies and then I would have to try to not eat the whole batch in two days.  So recently I have started making a batch of cookie dough and baking only the cookies that I want for that day and freezing the rest.  This solves the problem of having too many cookies calling to me from my Tupperware on the counter, but it doesn’t solve the problem of knowing that the delicious cookie dough is lurking in the freezer; but I’ll work on figuring out that problem later.

For this recipe I use the classic Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough recipe, but you could use your own favorite recipe.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 Cup of butter

3/4 Cup brown sugar

3/4 Cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 1/2 Cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375F.  Sift together dry ingredients in a separate bowl, set aside.  Cream together butter, sugars, and vanilla.  Add eggs and beat until well mixed.  Gradually stir in dry ingredients and stir until combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.

If you want to bake some cookies immediately, place rounded teaspoons of cookie dough onto a sprayed cookie sheet and bake for 9 minutes.

For Freezing: place bowl of cookie dough into freezer for 40 minutes.  After 40 minutes, remove from freezer and shape cookies with a spoon and place into a freezer Ziploc bag.  Once all the dough is shaped into balls place bag in freezer and use whenever the cookie cravings hit!

* If your dough is dry and not too sticky you can immediately shape it into balls and place in a Ziploc.  Mine is usually too sticky right away so that is why I freeze it for 40 minutes before shaping the dough.

I think it’s great to be able to have a fresh cookie whenever the desire hits you, and it is also very convenient when you have guests over and want to treat them with a home-baked good but don’t want to spend the whole evening in the kitchen.

What other baked goods have you frozen for easy baking later?

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