Need a last minute gift that your recipient will really appreciate? Whip up a batch of cookie dough, wrap it in festive paper, add a tag and you have a gift that no one will want to return.
Who doesn’t love a warm, fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookie. And this gift can be open whenever the urge hits. A plate of baked cookies is always a lovely gift to receive, but during the holidays treat abound. With a tube of frozen dough all ready to slice and bake, your friend will really appreciate a sweet cookie long after the holidays are a memory.
Cookie dough packaging
After the cookie dough is made, divide into portions. I doubled the recipe below and split each in half giving me four dough logs. Each log is wrapped well in plastic then covered with parchment paper. Decorate the ends with ribbon and add a tag with the baking directions. I have included a FREE printable for you to download and attach to your dough log.
The logs are festive when wrapped with colorful wrapping paper but you can give a little bonus by wrapping in a holiday towel or pair of cloth napkins. I think these cookie logs are a great gift idea for a busy teacher or coworker. And, it saves you time in the kitchen because you don’t do the baking, cooling and cleaning up the baking sheets. Win-win 🙂
Making the dough
About 30 minute before beginning, gather the ingredients and allow the butter to soften and the eggs to come to room temperature. Those two brown eggs are from my daughters chickens that just started laying. Aren’t they beautiful!
If you are doubling the recipe be sure to use large enough bowls. Add the flour, baking powder and salt.
Whisk the dry ingredients making sure they are well distributed.
In another large mixing bowl, add the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.
Beat until combined.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Here is how the dough looks after the addition of eggs.
Beat in the flour mixture a little at a time.
Add the chocolate chips to the bowl.
Since it is a large batch, a strong spoon is needed to stir in the chocolate chips.
When the chocolate chips are evenly distributed throughout the dough, divide into portions. I divided the double batch into four portions. If you are making a single batch, divide in half. If you have the time, it helps to refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes before dividing.
Spoon the dough onto plastic wrap or waxed paper and shape into a log. Twist the ends and tuck under the log. Since the dough will be frozen it is important that it is wrapped well. I suggest double wrapping or then wrapping in aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Here are the four logs from the doubled recipe.
Packaging the cookie dough logs
For a simple look that is minimalist yet elegant, use bakers twine tied in bows on each end of the log. Add the baking label and it is all ready. Or, use the packaging suggestions shared above.
Storing the cookie dough
Store the well wrapped cookie dough logs in the freezer for up to three months.
Baking frozen cookie dough
The cookie dough will need to thaw a little so it can be sliced or scooped to measure a rounded tablespoon. I baked the cookies while the dough was still slightly frozen. Just keep an eye on the cookies and remember they will cook just a little bit more when removed from the oven.
Cookie Dough Gifts
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Yield: about 5 dozen cookies
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups chocolate chips
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients making sure they are well distributed.
In a large mixing bowl, add the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla; mix together.
Add the eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition.
Gradually beat in the flour mixture.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Refrigerated the dough for 30 minutes, if desired. Divide the dough in half. Spoon dough onto plastic wrap, waxed paper or parchment paper.
Tightly roll up until you have a roll of cookie dough. Wrap in foil or additional plastic wrap.
Package as desired and store in the freezer.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Using a serrated knife, slice or spoon rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto an ungreased baking sheet keeping a good distance between each cookie because they do spread.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a baking sheet for two minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Your FREE – Christmas Cookie Dough Labels!
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