Okay, by now y'all have figured out that I like to make things as simple as possible for myself in the kitchen. I'm always looking for ways to make things ahead and simplify my meal preparation without resorting to unhealthy prepackaged products.
I also LOVE chocolate and sweets. We all know that storebought cookies and cookie dough aren't good for us....but they sure are convenient! To lessen the temptation to blow my budget, not to mention my health, on packaged cookies and sweets, I need another way to satisfy my sweet tooth.
So...here's what I do. It's not all that original or creative, but it works!
About once a month, I make a gigantic batch of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. While not exactly a health food, at least they're made with fresh ground flour, honey, and sucanat. A triple batch fills my Bosch Universal mixer up pretty darn full. I've never actually counted exactly how many cookies I can get from a batch this size, but we're talking dozens and dozens.
The thing that's such a hassle about making cookies, especially a sizable batch, isn't really the mixing part, it's the cooking part! Scooping dough onto cookies sheets and baking them a couple dozen at a time takes forever.
So....I mix up our huge batch, cook several dozen up, and eat
a dozen a few while transferring them to the cooling rack. Then, I cover a large cookie sheet with wax paper and put as many cookie-size dough balls on it as I can, using my trusty Pampered Chef scoop. I cover these with another layer of wax paper and fill it up, and so on until I'm out of dough. I put the tray in the freezer overnight, then pull it out and transfer the now-frozen "cookie balls" to a ziploc bag.
a day or two a week or so, when the first few dozen are gone and I get a hankerin' for a fresh baked cookie or three, I can pull the bag out of the freezer, throw a dozen or two or three in the oven, and have them ready in minutes! I adjust the cooking time just a little bit to account for the dough being frozen.
(The dough balls are pretty tasty to just eat straight out of the freezer too.)
So there you have it. Another homemade convenience food straight from Kara's kitchen.