A Plate of Cookies

Cardamom oatmeal cookies

I love having a plate piled high with freshly baked cookies and everyone is free to grab any number at will to snack on throughout the day and night. Notwithstanding the sugar and butter content, I do think homemade cookies make a wholesome snack.

The cookies pictured above are from Amateur Gourmet’s blog – Cardamom Oatmeal Cookies with my choice of add-ins: chopped walnuts, dried cranberries and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

When it comes to feeding my cookie addiction, my freezer is my ally. When baking cookies, I like to make the full batch of cookie dough and shape them into balls with my cookie scoop before transferring them to the freezer to freeze on a baking sheet. Once frozen, I’ll tuck them into a freezer bag where these frozen balls of cookie dough will stay until I need them. And they do keep well for months.

Currently, I have five different types of unbaked cookie dough in my freezer as  I was in a cookie-making frenzy last week:

I want to have a stash of cookie dough for my husband as the kiddos and I will be going back to Singapore for a long visit. As he will be left to fend for himself at dinner time in my absence, I thought it would be nice to have his dessert taken care of for him.

Now, my husband might be able to do a little bit of cooking (his specialty is a whole roasted sea bass) but he is definitely a non-baker. Luckily for him, he does know how to preheat the oven to 350F and evenly space out the frozen balls of cookie dough on a baking sheet to bake for about 15 minutes. It’s a pretty simple yet highly rewarding type of baking where the bulk of the work has been done by another person, ie. me.

Like I said, the freezer is our ally.


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