Give a little extra ‘dough’ this year…Cookie dough that is.
I love giving homemade gifts during the holiday season. To me, a homemade gift tells a person that you care about them enough to take time to create something special. Another benefit is that you can give a great gift without spending a lot of money. I do, however, try to ask myself one thing before making gifts…
Will someone actually want this?
Well, when it comes to sweets, the answer always seems to be YES! Cookies are a crowd favorite, but there are a few things I love about giving cookie dough, instead of baked cookies.
- First is that the recipient does not have to use it immediately. With baked cookies, they have to be eaten within a few days. With dough, if they don’t plan to bake the cookies that week, it can be placed in the freezer for up to 8 weeks and still bake perfectly.
- The second thing that I love about giving dough is that the recipient gets to be the one to fill their home with the delicious scent of freshly baked cookies. YUMM!
- Finally, if they are not a ‘cookie person’ (not sure why I would be friends with a person like that…) the dough can easily be passed along to someone else that would enjoy them. As long as someone gets joy out of the melty, googy chocolate chip cookies, that it all that matters.
Check out the super easy instructions (with images) below:
- Mix your cookie dough according to the recipe. If you don’t have a cookie recipe that you are in love with, you can use this chocolate chip cookie recipe. This recipe yields 24 cookies, so I was able to split the dough into 2- logs that each will yield one dozen cookies.
2. Be sure to chill the dough. I recommend removing the dough from your mixing bowl before chilling, otherwise the cold mixture is very hard to scrape out of the bowl. I took my room temp dough ball and wrapped in it plastic wrap before placing in the fridge.
3. Once the dough has chilled for the appropriate amount of time, you can now roll it into logs.
4. Take the dough logs and wrap them in parchment paper or freezer paper. Make sure that there is enough to cover the ends as well.
5. Wrap the dough logs in a decorative paper of your choice and tie the ends with ribbon. Be sure to add directions for baking along with the dough!
Sample instructions to print for your gift tag:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Yields: 12 cookies
- Keep the dough in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the dough into 12 equal slices.
- Place slices of dough 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes (or until the edges are golden and the tops are no longer glossy).
**Note: Dough can be frozen for up to 8 weeks if you are not ready to bake the cookies! Simply allow the dough to thaw in the fridge before baking. **
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!