I love baking. I really do. There’s something very relaxing about putting so much time and love into creating something delicious for the people who matter most to you.
My oldest son loves it when I make homemade cookies. So whenever I bake, I try to make sure it’s on a day I know he’ll be home. He’s funny to watch. He’ll stand there looking at the tray of fresh baked cookies, walk away, and then circle back a few times to sample a cookie or two each time.
A couple of years back, I started what I thought to be an annual tradition of having my grandbabies over for a Christmas cookies decorating party. Sadly, the pandemic has put a halt to all my plans of repeating our new Christmas tradition. But somehow we’ll work it out. The holidays aren’t the same without my Littles.
Speaking of baking, I was home getting my fix of Hallmark Christmas specials when I got a sudden craving for homemade chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately, at 9:30 p.m., I didn’t feel like going through the whole process of measuring, spooning, and waiting for them to bake.
So the next day, still jonesing for homemade chocolate chip cookies, I decided to make a batch of cookies to eat now, and freeze some for later. This way, whenever I get a craving for homemade chocolate chip cookies, they’ll be ready in minutes.
Here’s how to get your fix of homemade cookies on demand, and time is of the essence:
Cookies on Demand
After you prepare your cookie dough, wrap the dough in plastic wrap for some pre-freezing.
The pre-freezing step is very important. Pre-freezing eliminates the sticky mess and makes rolling dough to form easier.
After an hour or two of freezing, remove the dough from the freezer and let it thaw just enough so it’s easy to form into balls.
Next, roll your dough into balls and place them in an airtight container, lining each row with wax paper. Seal the container and label it with the date, baking temperature, and length of time to bake. Cookies are good up to six weeks in the freezer. But hey, who can wait that long?
When you’re ready to satisfy that craving for homemade cookies, take out as many dough balls as you’d like – one, two, three . . . a dozen? and place them on a cookie sheet, letting them thaw at room temperature while the oven is preheating.
Pop ’em into the oven to bake and there you have it. Chocolate chip cookies on demand – when only homemade will do (and time is of the essence).
Happy baking everyone!