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Well, I'm thinking of Christmas. In fact, I celebrate Christmas with my side of the family at Thanksgiving and Mike's side at Christmas. This means, I have to have half of my Christmas planning done in something like 30 days! (I'll have to go and count but it is something like that). Then in between Thanksgiving and Christmas we host a big employee Christmas party in our home for Mike's work and I also give small gifts to neighbors, friends, and some in my church family. In preparation, my sewing machine has been whirring and creating a couple of hours each day. (I can't wait to show you what I've been working on!)
I wrote about my frozen cookie dough gift plans HERE. This is quick, easy and fits in my budget. These will be gifts to neighbors and friends. My plan is that my girls will help me with this and we will make enough for them to give to their friends as well. There's going to be a lot of cookie dough baking going on around here. Another reason I'm doing the dough is because people get so many sweets at Christmas time, they can save the dough in their freezer and get it out when they've eaten all their other goodies.
Several of you asked what recipe I was going to use. There are certain types of cookies that work well for frozen cookie dough. They include: short breads, chocolate chip, oatmeal, peanut butter, refrigerator and sugar cookie recipes. After thinking about it, most of my neighbors and friends have children and kids seem to go for chocolate chip so that is what I decided to make. My intent is that the dough can remain in their freezer and their kids can simply slice off a bit of dough and make a few cookies as they want them. (Since my own children are older, most of my friends have older children as well who can cook and run the oven without supervision.)
You could probably use your favorite chocolate chip recipe in making the freezer dough, but in case you are looking, here is the recipe I'm going to use, it is my favorite tried and true recipe that I've made a hundred times. Nestle even says in their recipe that the dough can be stored in the freezer up to 8 weeks. My plan is to make all the dough December 9th and 10th and then start delivering it on the 11th.
If you are doing freezer cookie dough for gifts this year, I'd love to hear what type you are making.
Happy Homemaking and Blessings,
ps. To get you going, here is a link to a coupon for Nestle's Chocolate Chips!
Photo and Recipe courtesy of Nestle's Very Best Baking