Sometimes, yes. It is possible.
Perhaps you hosted a festive holiday gathering and overbought or overbaked.
Or your guests all had the same hostess gift idea.
The cookie exchange was big fun, and now what do you do with all of them?
Since eating too many cookies isn’t the healthiest option, here’s an idea.
You can freeze all those cookies.
Lately I’ve been surprised to learn that lots of people have not thought about freezing cookies.
When I was little, my mom and grandma would bake a delicious assortment of cookies and a couple batches of nutroll. Something wonderful was always coming out of the kitchen.
Since it’s impossible to bake everything the week of Christmas, they’d bake their way through December and freeze most of it.
When baked goods are stored properly, they freeze beautifully up to six months.
Allow the cookies to cool and gently stack in an airtight container. Depending on the type of cookie, you may want to put a piece of saran, parchment, or wax paper between the layers to keep them from sticking together.
You could also place the cooled cookies on a cookie sheet in a single layer to freeze. Once frozen, then place them in the container.
Cookies that are already decorated with frosting, contain a meringue, or are coated in chocolate or powdered sugar do not freeze well. This explains why mom would freeze the Mexican wedding cookies (also known as snowballs) without the powdered sugar and roll them in it just before serving.
They were fabulous.
Raw cookie dough also freezes well for up to six months. You can freeze drop cookie dough in a solid lump or portioned out into balls.
Dough for cutout cookies can be flattened into a disc and wrapped tightly and bagged before freezing. Alternatively, you can cut out the shapes you desire and freeze them on a baking sheet before storing them in an airtight container to bake later.
While this doesn’t solve the “too many cookie” problem, it’s another way to have fresh cookies without a huge investment of time when you need them. Plus, they’re warm.
If you’re making cookies with a thin batter, it’s best to bake them and freeze the cookies afterward.
I freeze cookies all year. This allows me to portion out a small amount of Mr. Non-Compliant’s favorites while keeping the rest of them fresh. It keeps him (and me) from eating too many at one time.
Wishing you a healthy, joyful, and delicious week.
Health Coach Carol
“Christmas cookies and happy hearts, this is how the holiday starts.” —Unknown