Chocolate Chip Cookies (with a Christmas twist!)–freezeable!

23 Dec

One wonderful, delicious, still makes-my-mouth-water, heirloom (passed to me from my mother, who got it from her mother!) recipe that never loses its magic is my Mom’s, actually my Grandmother’s, Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I make it ALL the time, and I’ve learned how to freeze it. So, anytime I need dessert in a hurry, I pull out homemade, from scratch chocolate chip cookie dough and make cookies. The cookies are ALWAYS a hit. This is an easy, frugal, cooking from scratch recipe for homemade chocolate chip cookies. No need to buy the ‘ready-made’ dough at the store when you can make this recipe at home, freeze it and pull it out anytime!

I posted this list of 25 Ways Your Family Can Serve Together at Christmas last month and was inspired by its great ideas. One of the ways that we chose to serve others this Christmas is to make cookies and deliver them to a Police or Fire station on Christmas Day. We’re planning to do this on Tuesday. I had some extra time last week, so I took advantage of that and whipped up a batch of cookie dough. However, since it’s Christmas, I substituted Christmas M&M’s instead of chocolate chips. 🙂 I can’t wait to take these to the Police or Fire Station with my family on Tuesday. If you, too, want to do this, I’ve included the recipe below:

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I must confess that mixing all of the ingredients for the dough is so much easier with my KitchenAid Mixer. I saved my Christmas money 3 years ago and bought one from Costco. Why, oh why, did I wait so long to buy one?!?! I no longer break my arm mixing this by hand. Trust me, its hard.
IMG_7299 Once the chocolate chips or M&Ms are mixed in, I take the dough and form it into balls in order to freeze it.IMG_7300 One recipe makes about 2 logs of cookie dough. I wrap them individually in cling wrap.IMG_7304I put both logs of dough into a Ziploc Freezer Bag (Gallon Size)* and through them into my freezer. When I need to make cookies, I put the dough in the refrigerator 24 hours ahead, or if I’m in a hurry, I let is defrost on my kitchen counter. *I’ve found the best deal on Ziploc bags of any size is at Costco.

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Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies
my Grandmother’s & Mother’s recipe

1 cup brown sugar AND sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/4 cup all purpose flour (I use unbleached all purpose)
1 tsp. salt AND baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips (or M&Ms, peanut butter chips, or a mixture of all!)

1) Soften butter to room temperature.

2) Add sugars, eggs, vanilla, salt and soda to butter and mix well.

3) Add flour one cup at a time.  Stir well.

4) Fold in chips.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough overnight (or atleast 4-6 hours).

5) For cookies, bake at 350 degrees 7-10 minutes (depending on your oven) and cool on wire rack.

TO FREEZE: The dough can be frozen for up to 2 months (maybe longer! Ours rarely makes it to the 2nd month! ha!).  To freeze, spoon dough onto plastic wrap.  Form into log-shape and roll up, covering completely, with plastic wrap.  I usually make 2 logs out of 1 recipe of dough.

Merry Christmas!

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4 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookies (with a Christmas twist!)–freezeable!”

  1. Amy December 24, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    I do this with the store bought dough but think it would work with your recipe as well. I go ahead and scoop out a tablespoon size of the dough (like I was getting ready to bake it) onto a baking pan, then I stick the whole thing in the freezer until frozen (about 1- 2 hrs). Then take the clumps and put them in a tupperware container, putting plastic wrap between layers. When I need some, I just pull out how many I need and let sit for about 30 minutes and I am ready to cook.

    • Suzanne Shares December 24, 2012 at 9:56 am #

      I LOVE THIS IDEA, Amy!!! It’s taking it one step further before freezing, which would actually save me MORE time when it’s time to bake. LOVE IT!! thank you for sharing this! Will definitely have to try it!!

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