Monday, September 24, 2012

DIY Freezer Ready Chocolate Chip Cookies

I stopped purchasing prepared cookie dough a long time ago, but have always wanted to freeze some from scratch.  WHY? Because the kind from the store:
  • Contains lots of high fructose corn syrup
  • May contain peanuts (my son is allergic)
  • Contains a whole slue of preservatives
  • Is more expensive.
I  decided that making an entire batch according to the package would yield several dozen, so making them ahead is less unhealthy, and convenient! Let's start with the recipe, just in case you threw away or cut through your instructions on the bag of your chocolate chips.  I adapted this method from Hershey's recipe.

Howdy Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2-1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp + 1 pinch of salt (that's my preference here)
  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 F (If you're making a batch now, that is!).  Stir together dry ingredients.  Beat the eggs in a small separate bowl.  Pour them into the dry ingredients.  Mix in the rest of the wet ingredients.  If you heated your butter to soften it, make sure the batter has cooled ALL THE WAY before you put in your chocolate chips, otherwise, they'll melt.  Once ready, add in the chocolate chips.  

Once everything is mixed well, Put the bowl in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes. This will make the chocolate chip cookie dough more workable.

Preparing the Chocolate Chip Cookies for the Freezer

Roll out some Press'n Seal until you can put one dozen rounded teaspoons of cookie dough on a sheet. Tear off the sheet, and then make another sheet the same size.

Rub your finger around each cookie so that each one is individually sealed.  Then, seal the outer edge of both sheets together.

ROLL it UP!!!!!!

Stuff each dozen in a gallon freezer bag.  Label it.

Cook each frozen batch 8-10 minutes, whenever you're ready.  Get some milk!

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