Make sure you are stocked with all the supplies you will need for cookie day!
Currently the 12 weeks of cookies blog hop can be joined here. Avril is an avid blogger and from the photos on her site, a serious cook, as well! Then there is the cookie baker extraordinaire, Rocquie makes thousands of cookies every year. She shares all that right here on her blog Sage Trifle. Many years ago I hosted a cookie exchange of the usual type, where everyone brings a dozen (baked) cookies for each of the attending, and we all trade. Then a couple of years ago I hit upon the idea of a cookie exchange of a different kind. The idea of making the dough and sharing was good in theory, but not in practice, only because of available space. However.......
When I look through some of my older cookbooks, my current obsession is not new. Cooks, Moms and Grandmothers have been devising ways to have fresh, homemade cookies on demand for many years. Slice and bake cookies come to mind, immediately. This product now available in the dairy case at your local market, was invented by Mom. With current appliances, frozen cookie dough works well also. You can make the dough, divide into as many portions as the insists the recipe makes (sorry I had to use the word insist, I never seem to get that many cookies) and freeze. If you use a square or rectangle container or shape, all you do is thaw (in the fridge during the day, works great), cut into 12 equal pieces, pinch the corner a bit to round the edges, and bake. I even wrote about that here , and it works great too.
I have even made dough, scooped it into balls, rolled in sugar or cinnamon sugar for a bit more spice, then froze the balls on a cookie sheet. When cookies are needed or dessert or to take a plate over to someone in need (hmmm, that word again), you simple place your cookie balls on a prepared cookie sheet and when the oven is ready, bake them up. A wonderful side benefit of cookie dough in the freezer instead of already baked cookies is space, dough takes up a lot less space. Freezer space is expensive in this household!
And now for the request, what are your cookie tips? Have you come up with more and or better ideas for fresh cookies as needed? If you have please share with me, for I am but a poor yet hard working cookie loving woman in search of cookie happiness! I can't wait for this years cookie (dough) exchange.
As always thanks for stopping by and playing along! I appreciate it.