Just-Baked Cookies Anytime: Give the Gift of Frozen Cookie Dough

There are only so many homemade cookies a person can eat before they go stale. But give the gift of homemade frozen cookie dough, and you've just guaranteed several weeks or months of freshly-baked cookie goodness for the recipient.

There are a couple ways to present the cookie dough. You can portion it out before freezing and package the individually frozen balls in a freezer bag or, if you think the dough will be baked in a big batch, you can transfer it to a paper ice cream container for the recipient to scoop out themselves. But I think the simplest, prettiest presentation is wrapping a frozen cylinder of slice-and-bake cookie dough in parchment paper, with the baking instructions written on the outside. (If the person you are giving the dough to is a less experienced baker, you'll want to attach more detailed directions and an approximate use-by date.)

Frozen cookie dough makes an excellent hostess gift, or just a thoughtful, homemade gift that keeps giving long past the cookie avalanche of the holidays.

Have you ever given cookie dough as a gift? What are your favorite cookies to freeze?

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