With Valentines coming up soon, maybe you want to get ahead on the cookie baking, especially if you have several parties lined up for your children. With three children in school, and their teams and extra curricular activities, I find that I bake quite a few batches of cookies for Valentines Day and other holidays. If you are like me and want to get ahead of the game, you may want to make your cookie dough early and freeze it. Well, it couldn’t be any easier!
Everyone has their own way to freeze cookie dough, but I have chosen the way that is easy and convenient for me. I make the homemade dough per the recipe then chill it in the refrigerator, usually overnight. After that, I roll the dough into balls and chill the cookie dough balls for about an hour. I then place the cold, solid dough balls into a freezer bag and label it with the date and the temperature they should be baked at. Then the bag goes right into the freezer. I only keep them in the freezer for up to three months, so the date on the bag helps me to determine which batches will still be fresh and give me fresh tasting cookies. Of course, the temperature on the bag is written on for reasons that are obvious. You can label the bag with any information that you may find helpful.
When I am ready to back the cookies, I take them out of the freezer and preheat the oven to the temperature the recipe calls for. Since the dough is frozen, I bake the cookies one to two minutes longer than the time on the recipe. This seems to be the best way for me to get the cookies cooked to perfection. Once they are done, simply take them out of the oven and try your best to not eat them all!