Have you ever been siting on the sofa after dinner and thought, man a chocolate chip cookie sounds amazing right now! Well, you are definitely not alone, which is why I came up with my famous on demand chocolate chip cookies! Fresh baked classic chocolate chip cookies the easy way! Because let’s face it, the last thing any of us feel like doing after a long day is whipping up a whole batch of cookies. These easy chocolate chip cookies are the best because they can be frozen while still being fresh every single time!
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On Demand Chocolate Chip Cookies
Years ago I decided to test my theory on freezing chocolate chip cookies. But not in the way you might be thinking. My grandmother was a depression kid and always froze everything including chocolate chip cookies. Perhaps this is why I grew up with an aversion to freezing food. Once something has been frozen I feel like it never tastes nearly as good as when it was fresh.
The good news is, I found the perfect compromise to freezing cookies so they taste fresh every single time. I coined this method On Demand Chocolate Chip Cookies. With this method you have fresh cookies every time whether you want just one or a dozen.
What are on Demand Chocolate Chip Cookies?
On demand chocolate chip cookies are frozen cookie dough balls that I keep in the freezer to be baked whenever I have a demand. The dough can be made now and you can have fresh warm cookies at a later date.
Can You freeze Chocolate Chip Cookies?
You can, but if you freeze the cookie after you have baked it, you are doing it wrong. The best way to freeze your favorite cookies is to ball up the cookie dough with a cookie scoop. Then place the cookie dough balls in an airtight container or a freezer bag and freeze the dough. Whenever you have a craving or need some cookies for a bake sale, just plop a few on a cookie sheet and bake. Now you have fresh baked homemade cookies every time!
Why Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough?
Cookie dough freezes better than cookies themself because baked cookies get dried out in the freezer and never taste fresh after being frozen. But if you freeze the dough you are baking them fresh every time and no one will even know you made the dough last month! Not to mention, nothing beats a warm chocolate chip cookie.
How to Store On Demand Cookies
Storing on demand cookies can be done in a few simple steps.
1. Make your chocolate chip cookie recipe according to the directions but do not bake.
2. Ball up your cookie dough using a cookie scoop.
3. Transfer the cookie dough balls into a freezer safe airtight container or freezer safe ziptop bags. Make sure to remove as much air out of the bag or container as possible.
Note: If you choose to store in a container, make sure to use a piece of wax paper or parchment paper in between each layer of cookies so they do not freeze into a giant ball. I usually freeze my on demand cookies in quantities of four in a small plastic bag and place all my little ziploc bags into a large freezer bag. This way I am never tempted to make more than four cookies at a time, haha! This also prevents them from all freezing together.
4. Freeze pre-made cookie dough for up to 3 months.
Why I love On Demand Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you know me in real life you know I am a bit of a cookie snob. It’s true. But the truth is, a freshly-baked cookie only has a shelf life of about 4 days. Yes you can still eat it on day five but it will not taste nearly as good. This is why bakeries bake cookies every single day! Nothing beats fresh out of the oven cookies with a gooey center and melted chocolate chips!
Dessert for two
When it comes to cookies I have no self control and could easily eat half a dozen by myself. With this method I can make just a couple cookies for dessert and satisfy my after dinner craving without having two dozen cookies laying around. Because I know they are only good for a few days and will be tempted to eat them all before they are no longer fresh.
I always have a batch of on demand cookies in my freezer just in case we want dessert for just the two of us or if I need to bring a dessert to a gathering. It’s also a great way to get a head start making Christmas cookies and you know they will be fresh! These are also a great treat for unexpected guests that can be ready at a moment’s notice.
Ok, some of you might come at me for this, but I just think frozen cookies are kind of gross. I know stores like Costco freeze their cookies, but they use crazy ingredients that do not sound natural. So I feel like these freeze completely different. But if you are making a traditional cookie in a non commercial kitchen, the best way to freeze your favorite cookie recipe is to freeze the dough, not the cookie.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to thaw the dough before baking?
No. There is no need to bring the cookie dough to room temperature before baking. The dough balls will just need a little extra cooking time. I usually add 1-3 extra minutes to the bake time.
How long do frozen cookie dough balls last?
For best results frozen dough should be used within 3 months, however I have definitely keep a few in my freezer for longer. As long you wrap them up well in freezer bags they should not get freezer burn.
Can I freeze different types of cookies like this?
You can definitely try with other cookie recipes but I have only applied this method with one type of cookie, chocolate chip.Print
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