Cooking tip: Freeze your dough ahead of time to ease holiday baking

The depths of my freezer.

This will be a homemade Christmas season for the Ashlee Eats empire.

I’m making a lot of gifts for my family and friends this year, so they should expect lots of [SPOILER ALERT] baked goodies.

But next week, I will start a new day job*, and I have seven people and counting for whom to bake dozens of cookies. When will I have the time?

The Kitchn, my favorite food blog, answered that question in this post about freezing cookie dough.

You can save lots of stress later by taking advantage of the free time you have now by doing the heavy lifting now. Here’s how, according to The Kitchn:

  • Prepare your cookie dough according to recipe directions.
  • Roll dough into little balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Place the cookie sheets in the freezer for about an hour or until the dough balls are frozen.
  • Pop the dough balls into a freezer bag. Don’t forget to write the name of the cookie, the date the dough was frozen and baking instructions.
  • Whenever you’re ready for the cookies, bake as normal with a couple of extra minutes added on to the baking time.

I’ve baked three batches of cookies so far that are sitting pretty in my freezer. I will also bake a cake or two ahead of time and freeze them for later, another tip I got from this post at The Kitchn

Has anyone else tried baking ahead of the craziness of the holidays?

 

*Yep, after six months of unemployment, I got a new job at Humana. Read more about it on my Twitter feed and look out for a blog post in the next few days.

3 thoughts on “Cooking tip: Freeze your dough ahead of time to ease holiday baking

  1. I have not tried this with cookie dough yet. Think I will try it out this week!

    I usually have a ball or two of pizza dough in the freezer. Night before wanting to make pizza, I pull it out and leave it in the fridge all day to thaw.

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