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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Time and Money Saving Cookie Dough Trick | Family Economics

By Erin

Now that school is in full swing, it seems schedules are filling up faster than we can keep up. As craziness takes over our lives, it’s so easy to get into the habit of buying convenience foods and pre-packaged snacks to send in lunchboxes or to have waiting on the counter for the after school crowd. It’s quick, it’s mindless and it’s easy.

But it’s not easy on the budget. And we’re all a little more mindful of our budgets these days, aren’t we? These kinds of snacks are more expensive than both homemade snacks and are often laden with unhealthy ingredients. Making your own cookies may take a little longer to whip up than the break and bake variety, but you have the control of the ingredients when making them from scratch. 

I like to “healthify” cookie dough by slightly reducing the amount of sugar in the recipe, and by replacing the white flour with whole wheat flour. I also sprinkle in some ground flaxseed or ground almonds to sneak some extra nutrients and flavors into the cookies. This way you get the best of both worlds—the kids get to enjoy a sweet treat and you know that they are getting some healthful ingredients too.

Plus you can sprinkle in some of that “mommy love” secret ingredient.  And while they may not say it, your kids appreciate and value the time and love that goes into a homemade cookie!

A quick time and money saving cookie dough trick:

cookie dough

1. Double up your favorite cookie dough when you’re making dessert for dinner, or just making them for a snack.
2. Drop tablespoons of the extra dough that you don’t bake right away onto a foil or parchment paper lined rimmed cookie sheet. 
3. Place the cookie sheet into the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to flash freeze the dough. 
4. Once the dough has frozen, remove it and place into Ziploc® Brand Smart Zip™ freezer bags
5. Make sure to label the bag so you don’t forget which goodies you added to that bag!

store in bags

When you have a hectic afternoon later in the week, but you still want to serve a yummy, warm, ooey and gooey treat straight out of the oven, you’ll be able to do just that with the dough that you’ve got waiting in the freezer. 

Simply pull out however many cookies you’ll need that afternoon, pop them onto a cookie sheet and bake the cookies 1-2 minutes longer than the original recipe called for since the dough is frozen. Let cool slightly and serve to the hungry little people in your life.

What yummy homemade snacks do your children love?

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On Thursday, October 14, 2010, melissa wrote

such a great idea!thanks

On Monday, September 27, 2010, JeannieBean from Cincy wrote

Oh can you post a receipe for the PB Chocolate Crunch Cookies! They sound amazing!!

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Lisa from upstate NY wrote

The only problem I have with freezing cookie dough like this is I have a really bad habit of sneaking the frozen balls and eating a couple!! lol. This works great if you have will power. What I have ended up doing is just putting a chunk of dough in a freezer dough. It's a lot less easy for me to sneak a piece!

On Friday, September 24, 2010, Lauren wrote

Great tip! Gonna have to bake some cookies this weekend :)

On Friday, September 24, 2010, Hebronmommy wrote

You can also just roll the extra cookie dough in wax or parchment paper and make a log, kind of like you can buy at the store, and just slice off what you need when you want it. It takes up less room that way, too. I've done it with choc. chip, oatmeal scotchies, sugar, and more and it's always worked fine. You might need to bake just a little bit more.

On Thursday, September 23, 2010, Sheryl George wrote

This is such a wonderful idea ~ thanks for the share :-)

On Thursday, September 23, 2010, Gina from akron wrote

Sounds very yummy, and perfect for drop in company.

On Thursday, September 23, 2010, Leigh from The Land of Lincoln wrote

YUM! There is nothing like a hot cookie to warm the heart.

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Jenny from Indy wrote

I love freezer cooking and have done this many times! Thanks for the tips on healthifying cookies, great idea!

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, HomeTownLife wrote

Great idea ~ and it works! I've been freezing my cookie dough like this for years, ever since I discovered that my husband LOVES the opportunity to have fresh-baked cookies on short notice!

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Bernadette Cooper wrote

I never thought about freezing my own cookie dough even though I double up on other recipes to freeze all the time. I also "healthify" recipes, and like to share, so this works out super for me. Thanks for the tip!

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Denise from Texas :) wrote

What a GREAT Idea, thanks for sharing

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Carol - saw you on $5 Dinners wrote

I make a roll of dough, tube-style like the store-bought kind, roll it in wax paper, and freeze the rolls in freezer bags. After 20 mins thawing you can cut off partially-frozen cookie rounds, place on baking sheet and bake. I make quadruple or more batches because batchcooking saves time.

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Cary from Wisconsin wrote

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Jen C. wrote

So do the cookies taste different or have a different consistency after freezing? Do some cookies freeze better than others? Thanks for the tips! I will try this next time I make cookies.

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, AllieZirkle wrote

What a great idea! And PB Choc Crunch sounds mighty tasty!

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