4 Weeks to Fill Your Freezer: Day 2

This morning I woke up and discovered we didn’t have enough bread for lunch and we had all of 3 cookies left, and since I have 3 children those were not going to last long.

I got the bread going in my 2 bread machines. I use one of  Money Saving Mom’s recipes for our sandwich bread.  We go through it rather fast though so sadly neither of these loaves will be added to the freezer.

However this bag of sugar cookie dough is now safely tucked away at the bottom of the basement deep freeze to be enjoyed at a later date.

For my sugar cookies I used the recipe from a small cook book called ALPHABAKE. I got it when my first son was small. It came with a full set of alphabet shaped cookie cutters, that were handy to help teach my kids to identify letters in a tasty way. (It looks like the set still comes this way 16 years later)

The book has only 9 recipes but almost all of them have become family favorites. All have simple ingredients and taste great.

Freezer Cooking Tip 1

Mark on your freezer bags the temperature the oven needs to be set at as well as how long the cookies need to be cooked for, that way you do not even have to get out your recipe book to cook the item.

I also find this helpful for giving frozen cookie dough away. I often will drop some by a friends house, and with the temperature and time already written on the bag it is easy for them to bake it up for their families.

Freezer Cooking Tip 2

Make a photocopy of your favorite recipe, and reduce the size so that you have blank space on either side of the recipe then down one side write the recipe in double and down the other side in quadruple. Place the photocopy inside a sheet protector and place in a binder using tabs to make up sections much like those you would find in an old fashioned recipe box.

Freezer Cooking Tip 3

Never cook up one batch when you could cook up two. It saves time. Put one batch in the freezer and eat the other. If you use this tip several times through the week soon you can enjoy a week off from preparing meals.

If you are wondering why I didn’t cook up the cookie dough before placing it in the freezer, it is because I find the cookie dough stays fresh  in the freezer better than cookies. It is also harder to sneak into the freezer and steal a pinch of frozen cookie dough than it is a frozen cookie.

However, when the dough is in the fridge thawing, I have to make sure to bake it up as soon as its thawed or else  my husband steals a good portion of the dough.Which is what is happening to the rest of the dough I added to the fridge this morning to bake later this evening.

Oh well, I guess I will just bake more cookies tomorrow and make sure I cook up the ones for now faster than I did today.

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Comments

  1. You’ve got really good tips here. I always have cookie dough in the freezer, but I scoop it out first and then flash-freeze. I can then just bake as many cookies as I need, without needing to defrost the dough (just add a couple of minutes to the baking time.)

    That won’t help however if someone is likely to sneak cookie dough. And I’ve only done it with drop cookies.

    • Victoria says:

      Yes I have seen others do the scoop and flash freeze thing too, but you are right that I would have a cookie dough thief on my hands if I did that. LOL! I so enjoyed meeting everyone Saturday! It was totally worth the drive.

  2. Melissa says:

    I like to roll my cookie dough into logs, and wrap it in wax or parchment paper. Then, I can slice it like it was a tube from the grocery store, before it’s thawed. I can put several logs in one zipper freezer bag that way.

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