What could be more satisfying on a frigidly cold day like today than a fresh batch of warm, straight from the oven chocolate chunk macadamia nut cookies? In certain circles, I am known more for my cookies than my designs and crafts because I love to give fresh baked cookies. Here is my trick to always have fresh baked homemade cookies on short notice.
Next time you make a batch of your favorite cookies, form them into the correct size on a cookie sheet lined with baking parchment paper. Place the tray of cookies in the freezer for about an hour or as long as they take to set into a firm frozen state. Take them off the cookie sheet and put them in a zipper plastic bag so they are not touching. Keep them in the freezer until you are ready to bake them.
Follow the baking directions for the type of cookie you wish to bake—preheat the oven to the temperature required by the recipe and place a piece of baking parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Arrange the cookies on the parchment paper according the spacing required by the recipe and put them in the oven frozen.
There is no need to thaw them out. Just add about two minutes to the cooking time and they will taste as if you just mixed the batter that day. You will amaze your friends and family and they will ask you how you find the time to always have fresh homemade cookies.
It is also nice to share and put them into cute little cello bags and give the suprise gift of warm fresh baked cookies to friends, family, coworkers or teachers and watch their face light up!