It’s no secret that I love carbs in every size and shape. Sometimes it’s bread, sometimes mashed potatoes…but there are those times when you just need a cookie. No, I don’t mean a store bought cookie full of preservatives out of the cupboard. I mean a fresh, melty, hot out of the oven cookie. I’ve done the ‘cookie in a mug’ thing in a pinch (and they’re great, by the way), but this is the easiest, most convenient way to use up a big batch of cookie dough.
Freezing the dough is an awesome way to always have a quick treat on hand, and it’s also a great way to keep from over doing it on the cookies…you can bake just one or two at a time if that’s all you want! This has been my go-to freezer cookie recipe because its simple and they do so well from frozen, but try this method with other kinds of cookie dough as well!
Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies
1 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups old fashioned oats
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl or stand-mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, and the eggs one at a time.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture about 1 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
Using a cookie scoop so the cookies are a uniform size, roll dough into balls. (I like to make the cookies a little on the larger size, about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie.)
If you’re freezing the dough, place the rolled balls (close together but not touching) on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Place in the freezer for an hour. Once the dough is frozen, move the cookie balls into freezer bags, 1 dozen per bag.
Bake the cookies at 350 degrees. They are perfect in my oven after 17 minutes from frozen, but watch them closely the first time as cooking times may vary. If you’re baking them fresh, 12-13 minutes!
Invited to a last minute dinner party and want to bring something? Throw in a dozen frozen cookie dough balls and bake them while you eat dinner! Friend having a bad day? Drop by a dozen cookies that they can make fresh when they’re ready! Also great to throw in with a dinner for a friend who just had a baby, had surgery, etc. Know you’ll have a long day at work tomorrow? Bake a couple the night before and throw them in your lunch! Once you get used to having a healthy supply of cookie dough in your freezer, I have a feeling you’ll never look back!