I had a roommate in college who made the yummiest chocolate chip cookies on a regular basis. They were always fresh. Always hot. Always gooey, and always satisfying. Her trick: freeze the dough in pre-formed balls. So, I took that idea, and now we have freshly baked cookies as often as I, the Mom, say it’s okay.
Here’s how I do it. I make our favorite cookie dough, scoop it with a tablespoon-size ice cream scoop, place it on a lined cookie sheet and then freeze the balled dough on the tray overnight. The next morning I put the frozen dough balls into a freezer-safe container and store until cookie time.
When you’re ready for cookies, pull out the desired amount, place on a lined cookie sheet, preheat oven and bake. I’ve found that the frozen dough generally doesn’t take extra time to bake.