The last two times Alex has worked at the firehouse, he’s texted me requesting cookies. I’m pretty much always happy to make cookies because (as I’ve mentioned) I make damn good cookies and because I like to try new recipes and because I reallyPatty suggested that I make extra dough and freeze it so that I’ll be better prepared next time. She’s a smart lady. Since I knew that I was going to be taking a snow day today, I stopped at the store last night and picked up supplies so that I could make a couple batches of cookies. Now that I’m about to make the dough, though, I realized that I didn’t know the best way to freeze cookie dough. So I googled (of course) and came across a post at a blog I’ve never visited before but now have added to my twitter feed. Her directions for freezing dough are great and leave you with homemade dough that’s ready to be taken from the freezer and baked in as long as it takes to preheat your oven. Love it!Amplify’d from www.goodlifeeats.com
1. Roll the entire batch of cookie dough into balls
2. Fill a baking pan or tray (here I’ve used a 9×13 non-stick baking pan) with all the rolled cookie dough balls, leaving just enough space between the cookie dough balls that they don’t get stuck together.
3. Stick the filled pan in the freezer.
4. Freeze until the cookie dough balls are hard. Meanwhile, take a gallon sized zip top freezer bag and label it with the recipe name, date, cooking temperature and time details.
5. Remove the pan from the freezer.
6. After filling, lay the bag flat (flat takes up less space). Remove as much air as possible. I like to zip the bag almost all the way and then stick a straw in the bag to suck out the excess air before I finish zipping it.
7. Stash the cookies in the freezer for later!
I usually only thaw the cookies while the oven is preheating. I just let them bake about 2 minutes longer than the original recipe states.
Like, actual cookies that I bake – that’s not a euphemism or anything. Get your mind out of the gutter.
Alex texted me this morning not long after he got to the station requesting that I bake and bring him cookies. Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter cookies, specifically. His request was not unexpected, since I make damn good cookies. Not that I think it’s rocket science or anything. It’s just that I do make damn good cookies and I’m trying to avoid eating the ones that I didn’t bring to the firehouse, so instead I’m posting about my cookies. My damn good cookies.
My Chocolate Chip cookies are based on a recipe in The Mixer Bible, a book I bought not long after Alex gave me my awesome red KitchenAid stand mixer. The recipe is called “The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie”, and it is the ultimate. Well, with my little tweaks it is the ultimate recipe.
The Peanut Butter cookies that I made today are also from that book – today was the first time I made them and they are also damn good. So really, it’s pretty much just the book that is the secret to my success. That, and I make them with lurve.
So here’s some cookie pron for you. Check out my cookies: