Freezable Cookie Balls

Welcome back to the 2nd week of our “Fill Up Your Freezer” series!

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Today’s freezer tip is probably one of my favorite. You know why? Because it looks like this:

Frozen Cookie Dough
Seriously… How can you not love frozen cookie dough balls?

This is how it goes…Jonathan and I are going to have a “date @ home” after the kids are in bed. We want something sweet to snack on & make things special. But do I feel like hauling out all the ingredients to mix up {& clean up!} for just a few cookies? Nowayjose.

So instead, I pull out my freezer bag of cookie balls, pop a few {or 8} onto a greased cookie sheet, and bake them up like normal. Voila. Fresh, homemade cookies & I only dirtied 1 pan. That’s what I call success.

Plus, sometimes I even pop out a cookie ball & eat it frozen. Raw eggs? What raw eggs?

It’s a simple process, really. Start with your favorite cookie dough recipe.

cookie dough balls

Roll the dough into little balls, put on an ungreased cookie sheet, and freeze until firm.

Frozen Cookie Dough balls

Then throw all those little balls of goodness into a freezer bag and store them in the freezer until you’re ready to bake. Just make sure it is a freezer bag so they don’t get freezer burnt. Easy peasy!

Frozen Cookie Dough

In this particular cookie dough, I decided to throw some toffee chips in for the mix-ins. Simply because I had toffee chips and I didn’t feel like chopping up walnuts. We’re all about easy over here.

Chocolate Chip Cookies {via Brown Sugar Toast}

Chocolate Chip Cookies {via Brown Sugar Toast}

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup "mix-ins" {walnuts, toffee chips, peanut butter chips, etc.}

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together butter and sugars.
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Dissolve baking soda & salt in hot water. Add to mixture.
  6. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, & your "mix-ins."
  7. If FREEZING, roll into balls, place on ungreased cookie sheet, and freeze until set. When frozen, store in freezer bag until ready to bake.
  8. When ready to bake, place balls on greased cookie sheets and bake for 9 minutes or until set.
http://brownsugartoast.com/freezable-cookie-balls/

So, have any of you tried out the freezable pizza dough recipe from last week? We had friends over on Friday night and I used 3 of ours. Yum. Let me know if you try it!!

freezable pizza dough

 

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6 comments

  1. Laine says:

    I do this ALL the time! I can’t tell you how many times having frozen cookie dough in the freezer has helped me out when we’ve had last minute company! And at Christmas time, I mixed up all the dough I thought I would use for the many holiday gatherings and then as things came up, I just baked up a few dozen without having to mess up the kitchen. It was lovely! =)

  2. Kim says:

    This is an amazing idea! I might have to double my cookie batch the next couple times I make some, just so I can freeze some! One question though, do you still bake them at the same temp if they are frozen?

  3. I started doing this several months ago and don’t know why I haven’t ALWAYS been doing it! It is amazing – we can have hot, fresh cookies anytime we want (ok, so maybe that part isn’t so good for the hips but it sure is good for the stomach!) And yes, it has saved me many times when I needed a snack or dessert for some kind of fellowship thing and was able to have a plate of cookies ready in 15 minutes. 🙂

    I’ll have to try your choc. chip cookie recipe too. I haven’t found a plain one that I love yet. I love some PB/oatmeal ones and a Cowboy cookie with toasted coconut that is amazing but haven’t been 100% happy with the choc. chip ones I have made.

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