Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Freezer Sweets!

In an effort to save money and have readily available treats on hand, I began freezing different flavors of cookie dough. We currently have molasses, snickerdoodle & dark chocolate-oatmeal-raisin in the freezer. The yummy milk chocolate-Heath toffee cookies were consumed last week.
Prepping the dough for the freezer is a great job for little hands, too. I scoop uniform balls with my cookie scoop and let the boys roll them and place on the parchment lined cookie sheets. They love to roll the snickerdoodles in the cinnamon-sugar, too. I pop the whole sheet in the freezer until the dough is chilled. Just label some freezer bags and pop the frozen cookies in there.
This morning we made some impromptu snickerdoodles for T's lunch as he is not partial to the jam thumbprints that were on the cake stand.
Here is an excellent recipe for snickerdoodles from allrecipes. The almond extract adds a wonderful depth to the classic taste.

Tanya's Snickerdoodles
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons brown sugar

Sift together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt, set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the eggs, milk, vanilla and almond extracts. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until fully incorporated. Cover bowl and chill for 1 to 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
In a shallow bowl or saucer, stir together the remaining brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon. Roll the chilled dough into 1 inch balls, then roll the balls in the sugar mixture. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for about 8 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies begin to brown at the edges. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.


  1. When can I come over for some?

  2. Dad, you are over here all the time. Make sure you call so we can have a fesh pot of coffee.

  3. Your blog is very hard to read while on this fertility detox. Sugar cravings!!!

  4. that dad writing on my blog too as "anonymous"?

  5. Susan...when you freeze the balls of dough do you have to de-thaw them before baking? If yes, about how long do you let them de-thaw?

    I was thinking about how Debbie Morrill used to pop cookies in the oven when the kids came home so that they could sit at the table and enjoy conversation and thought that I might try doing that. Something about warm cookies says, "I love you".

  6. No, I just pop them in the oven. They usually take a few more minutes to bake. Just watch them & Bake on parchment. Yeah, Debbie inspires me in many ways...