Food for Thought
December recipes 2014

Big Batch Cookie Shopping List

 

Who wouldn't love to open a present to discover dozens of frozen portions of cookie dough, ready to be put on a cookie sheet and baked? It's one of my favorite things to make for gifts, and trust me . . . the recipients never return them! The cookies can be baked all at once or a few at a time, a wonderful treasure to have nestled in the freezer.

I've given you my four most popular cookie recipes. They're huge recipes, perfect for mass production. Making the cookie dough is fun and fast, because you don't have to actually do any baking. I like to give a dozen (or two) of each type, neatly arranged in plastic freezer bags with festive instruction labels on each bag. Tuck them into gift boxes, add a bow, and you're good to go.

Put on your apron, set the butter on the counter to soften, and find someone who will follow along behind you, cleaning as you go!

If you make all four varieties, here is what you will need to buy:

3 pounds butter
10 pounds flour
5 pounds white sugar
3 pounds brown sugar
1 1/2 dozen eggs
3 cups shortening
2 pints sour cream
1 bottle of molasses
2 12-ounce packages of chocolate chips
1 28-ounce jar of peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1 big bottle of vanilla

You'll also need spices, leavenings, powdered sugar, and milk.

Don't forget to keep some of the frozen dough for yourself; if unexpected company arrives, you'll have cookie security. The dough doesn't need to be thawed before baking—in fact, the cookies actually hold their shape better when baked frozen . . . just add an extra minute to your baking time if necessary.

 

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