Oatmeal Cookie Dough for the Freezer.

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Even though I have been cooking for over 40 years, I am still learning to be better prepared in the kitchen. Being prepared can have a different meaning to each cook, or for that matter any special needs for your own family. But being prepared is a skill worth having and developing to the maximum potential.

Also, I like to play. Everyone needs to play, it keeps us happy and young in spirit. Sometimes it even results in a tasty surprise or improved technique. I like to think about and employ ways to be better prepared in the kitchen and through the house. These usually revolve around the kitchen, but not all the time. This morning, however, the kitchen is once again my playground.

While we love cookies, we are only two people.

And yes we could eat the whole batch of cookies, while they are still fresh and moist. But we usually act all grown up and as such, cookies and milk are not on the menu for dinner.

But we still want cookies!

Fresh cookies. Delicious cookies. Homemade cookies.

Which got me to thinking.........

Why not freeze cookie dough in portions to bake a dozen cookies, on-demand.

When you want fresh-baked cookies, pull a portion of dough from the freezer, and let it thaw for a few minutes. Cut into 12 pieces and bake. Because the frozen dough takes up so little space, you can have 2 or 3 different kinds of cookie dough in the freezer, for variety.

Or drop in guests...

Just label with the oven temperature and baking time, hey you've got this!

Oatmeal Cookie Dough, ready to package for the freezer.
Oatmeal Cookie Dough for the Freezer
adapted from: the Quaker Oats Barrel
makes 4 dozen

1 1/4 c butter ( 2 1/2 sticks) cut into 1/2 inch slices
3/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1/2 t salt
1 t vanilla
1 egg
1 T water - don't leave this out!

Cut butter into thick slices, add sugars and salt. Beat until creamy. Add vanilla and egg, beat until fluffy, beat in the water.

Combine and whisk together:
1 1/2 flour 
1 t soda
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg

3 c oats
1 1/2 c raisins

Beat flour mixture into the butter-sugar mixture. When smooth, reduce beater speed and add the oats and raisins. Mixing gently until oats and raisins are mixed in evenly.

Scrape the beater clean, smooth the dough into the bottom of the work bowl. Divide into 4 sections. Pack dough into your mold.

Oatmeal Cookie Dough, for the freezer. Package and freeze, cookies on demand!
Oatmeal Cookie Dough, ready for the freezer.

Oatmeal Cookie Dough, for the freezer. Homemade cookies as easy as turning on the overn!
Oatmeal Cookie Dough, for the freezer.

Place a square of waxed paper over your mold, add 1/4 portion of the dough. Using another piece of wax paper, cover
over the top of the dough, pressing firmly to make a compact
evenly shaped "slab". Remove top piece of waxed paper, fold
the extended portion over dough, turn out. Repeat.

Oatmeal Cookie Dough, store in the freezer and bake as needed. Easy!
Packaged for the freezer.

To bake, remove one portion from the freezer, let thaw a few minutes (or remove the day before and place in refrigerator), cut into 12 pieces and bake.

How about Chocolate Chip?
To make chocolate chip cookies, eliminate the spice and raisins, add 1 1/2 - 2 c chocolate chips. Proceed as shown above.

How about Maple Walnut?
To make Maple walnut, substitute maple flavoring for the vanilla, eliminate the raisins and spice, add 1 1/2 - 2 c. walnuts.

How about Cranberry and White Chocolate?
To make Cranberry White Chocolate, substitute 1 c each dried cranberries and chopped pure white chocolate for the raisins.


You may also enjoy these freezer cookie dough recipes also!

Toffee and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies.

Mocha Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

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  1. Great freezing idea, but I'm so horrible I know I would eat that frozen dough.

  2. If you have an interest in selling cookies or cookie dough for a fundraiser there is a website called Easy Fundraising Ideas that has about 10 different Cookie Dough Fundraising programs and they don't cost anything to start.

  3. How smart! I need to do this. My Cowboy has a sweet tooth. He takes cookies to work. I will surely try this recipe. He can cook his own cookies before work! Genius! I hope you will come over and link at The Fabulous Party!
    Here's this weeks link:
    Come over to the party and bring a few cookies!

  4. I too like this idea -- Will have to give it a try.

    1. It really helps small families have fresh baked cookies.

  5. My son loves oatmeal raisin cookies, I am a cranberry white chocolate fan myself.

    1. I love white chocolate also, especially with the chewy oats and cranberries.

  6. I love the versatility of this recipe. Perfect for empty-nesters!

    1. Thank you, recipes for smaller families (we are empty-nesters also)are on my radar.

  7. I have such a sweet tooth, so that means that we just can't have cookies in the house. But this would make it so we could and have portion control. Great idea. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

  8. I do this with my slice and bake cookies, Melynda, and it's so nice to have them on hand. Love your Oatmeal Cookie dough for the freezer - it sounds delicious! Shared on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul.

  9. This is a great idea, I love have cookies in the freezer! I really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, hope you have a great day and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen


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