Friday, March 20, 2009

Freezer Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter or margarine (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 375F.

Get out a bowl and combine the flour, salt and baking soda.
In another bowl cream your butter or margarine. Add the sugar and continue creaming until it is light and fluffy. Add the eggs and stir until you have a smooth mixture. Stir in the vanilla.

Slowly add the flour mixture and stir just until it is well combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix them into the dough.

Scoop the dough out about 2 tablespoons at a time and set them 2 inches apart on your baking sheet.

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until they are golden brown on the edges. Cool them on a rack.

To bake them from frozen cookie dough, do not preheat your oven. Stick the frozen chunks of dough on a cookie sheet, put it in the oven and then turn the oven to 375. Let the cookies bake for about 20 minutes or until they are golden brown.

What I usually do is make a big batch of cookie dough and then take about half of it and bake it as usual. The other half, I’ll drop on a baking sheet just like I would if I where to bake them, but then I stick the cookies sheet in the freezer. After a few hours, I take the frozen “blobs” of cookie dough out and store them in a freezer bag. Then whenever I’m ready, I take them out and bake them up.

As far as baked cookies go, they can be frozen as well. Just take them out and thaw them on the counter for about 15 to 20 minutes. For warm cookies, microwave the thawed cookie for a few seconds or stick it in a toaster oven (not your regular toaster though).

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