A Different Way I’m Giving Cookies This Year


Post by community member:

I’ve been mixing and freezing cookies for a few weeks now, getting ready for my bake-a-thon.

And what do you suppose happens? The oven is on the fritz. On the fritz!! It started acting up half way through roasting the Thanksgiving turkey and finally gave out that weekend (with a little persuasion from a man in the family).

So!! Not to be deterred or to get myself all in a stress attack, my family is receiving frozen cookie dough. Yes, frozen cookie dough. They’ve never received frozen cookie dough before, it will be something new. And maybe a new tradition will be started. From Cindy’s Freezer to Your Kitchen.

They can bake as many or as few cookies as they’d like at a time. No need for them to feel overloaded with cookies and sweets in one week. (See, it’s all about them, not my oven at all!)

They will think of me (and love me) later in January when they have a hankerin’ for some homemade, warm-from-the-oven cookies. No work involved on their part, just putting frozen cookie balls on a cookie sheet and baking for 8-10 minutes. I’ll be the little man in the big yellow truck this year.

My packaging will be easy (remember, they have to remain frozen). So that means a freezer container or bag.

In Photoshop, I created a very simple tag to print out onto 2×4 labels (found in the office supply section of your favorite store!) in Word or Publisher.

You can borrow this! Click on the photo to open in original size, right click and save to your computer. Insert the picture into the label.

Or they can simply be printed out onto card stock and taped to the container or bag.

You can borrow this! Click on the photo to open in pdf format.

My family will be happy anyway they can get some homemade cookies–or halfways there! I hope the rest of you have a wonderful time baking!!

  • We’ll be doing a Gifts from the Kitchen roundup post soon, make sure all of your favorite gift giving recipes are submitted (with a photo if you can)!

Cindy blogs at Our Life Simplified.

Do you have a recipe post or kitchen-related story to share on the Farm Bell blog?
See Farm Bell Blog Submissions for information, the latest blog contributor giveaway, and to submit a post.
Want to subscribe to the Farm Bell blog? Go here.

What can you enter to win this month? Click here.


  1. Darlene in North GA says:

    Wow! What a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing it. It may have been born of necessity, but it is a GREAT idea. At least I think so.

  2. Lorraine Swazey says:

    Oh Cindy-fabulous! In fact even better then cooked-later after the rush they can enjoy them and think of u and thank you again!!! Great-thanks! Maybe Santa will surprise u with stove under the tree! Hope hope!!:)-Rain. 🙂

  3. Mother of a ROCKSTAR says:

    My oven died early this past fall. My husband went out and quickly replaced it. Wasn’t exactly the one I would have chosen but he meant well and I had no down time. I spend a great deal of time cooking and baking. Creating most mixes, and basics from staples and excellent recipes I have found here. We eat cleaner and more healthy foods. My children love the changes. It’s kinda funny..we always have company especially round the table…it’s good to know that you and everyone here have my back when I need a good recipe. Thanks for another great year.

  4. mamma-leigh says:

    Oh Cindy!! I love it!! I have been trying to think of something to do for my husbands work and that would be perfect!! (I just hope most of the guys know what an oven is…lol)

  5. Bev in CA says:

    CindyP, have a dear friend who always makes cookies for my DH. This past week she gave us three kinds of cookies, already frozen, to bring home. One was peanut butter cookies. They were in a log. With instructions included. I use my small ice-scream scoop for the other cookie dough, works great. So nice to smell fresh cookies on a cold snowy day. Also great if friends drop by and you are making coffee. Doesn’t take long to bake. Love your labels. Thank you.

  6. brookdale says:

    What a great idea! What are you going to use for packaging so they won’t thaw? I assume you won’t be mailing these…

  7. CindyP says:

    I have ears out for a different stove. I have figured out how to bake everything else that I need baked (crock pot, roaster, even the grill)…just not cookies. So, really, I’m not in a huge rush and I can wait until a good deal comes into my life 🙂

    I have 2 bachelor brothers that really need these. They buy them frozen in the store! Maybe my gift will go all year long…it takes nothing to whip up cookie dough (and are inexpensive).

    @brookdale — These will be hand delivered…right into their freezers. It’s cold enough outside now I don’t have to worry about thawing when I’m traveling (in a cooler in the trunk).

  8. LauraP says:

    Great plan! And I love this twist on your current challenge — gotta love a cook who turns a setback into an opportunity.

  9. lisabetholson says:

    Cindy, that is a great work of art. What a tremendous idea.
    when my oven didn’t work I cooked everything in electric frying pans, even pies. Just put the pan inside the frying pan and put on the lid, works great.

  10. whaledancer says:

    This is a great idea. I think you just gave me the inspiration for what to give my neighbors this year. I’ve given people my healthy homemade mixes for Christmas before; they’re appreciated by both busy people who have to hurry to get dinner on the table after work, and by eldery people who find it difficult to do much cooking. Frozen cookie dough would be even easier.

  11. carriej says:

    I love it! I’m going to do it and keep frozen cookies in my OWN freezer 🙂

  12. Pete says:

    GENIUS!! Well done, indeed!!!

  13. bonita says:

    This sounds like an idea whose time has come. The frozen dough will be especially prized by those who look forward to your cookies every year. And as other have mentions, not only are you sending cookies, you’re sending the magnificent gift of the smell of cookies baking on a cold winter’s day. You don’t have to deal with cooling cookies and cleaning racks and cookie sheets whilst the recipients do not deal with shopping, underwriting, and cleaning bowls, mixers, etc.

  14. Leah says:

    Could your oven going out be a blessing in disguise? Now you don’t have to bake the cookies, have invented a great new gift AND get to pick out a new oven! 🙂

  15. Dede ~ wvhomecanner says:

    Super idea! Here’s a thought – how about small pizza boxes as a fun way to package?? I know someone who used to freeze and store green tomato slices in them on freezer paper and he swears it’s the best!

  16. Linda Goble says:

    That happen to me last year at Christmas time. I was going to make quick breads. I accidentally push the oven cleaner button and I couldn’t stop it. I had my mom’s roaster in the oven where I store it and I was afraid with the high heat it would ruin it. Of course hubby was out playing music at time. Luckily he answered his phone and told me to go to the breaker box to kill it. I was in such a panic I couldn’t think of what to do. . Hubby was able to order new part and fix it for me but it was already to late to bake. I love the idea of cookie dough for gifts. I guess you can make no bake cookies on stove top. Happy stove hunting. Maybe they will have great deals after Christmas. Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!

Add Your Thoughts

Search Farm Bell Recipes

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors
Filter by Categories
All Recipes
Appetizers & Snacks
Bean Soups
Beans, Grains & Rice
Boiling Water Bath
Bread Machine
BWB Condiments
BWB Fruits
BWB Jams, Jellies, Butters & Preserves
BWB Marmalades & Conserves
BWB Other
BWB Pickles & Pickled Stuff
BWB Salsas
BWB Sauces
BWB Tomatoes & Combos
BWB Vegetables
Coffee Cake
Cold Remedies
Cookery 101
Cookies & Bars
Cream Soups
Crock Pot
Cure & Smoke
Egg Dishes
Food Photography
Frostings & Icings
Fruit Breads
Fruit Cakes
Fruit Salads
Gift Basket Goodies
Goat Cheeses
Grill-Outdoor Cooking
Hard Cheeses
Herbs & Spices
Homemade Cheese
How To
Ice Creams
Ingredients & Mixes
Jell-O Salads
Kitchen Gadgets
Lettuce & Greens
Main Dish
Meat Salads
Meet the Cook
One Dish Meal
Other Breads
Other Breakfast
Other Condiments
Other Dairy
Other Desserts
Other Main Dish
Other Salads
Other Side Dishes
Other Soups & Stews
Other Special Diets
Pasta Salads
PC Beef
PC Chicken
PC Meats
PC Other
PC Poultry
PC Soups & Stews
PC Veggies
Pizza Crusts
Potato Salads
Pressure Canning
Pressure Cooker
Puddings & Custards
Recipe Requests
Relishes & Chutneys
Side Dishes
Soft Cheeses
Soups & Stews
Special Diets
Special Occasions
Steam Juicer
Tips & Tricks
Tortillas & Pitas
Using FBR
Vegetable Breads
Vegetable Salads
Wild Game
Yeast Breads

If you would like to help support the overhead costs of this website, you may donate. Thank you!

Recent Reviews and Comments

  • Thank you so much for sharing this. I can't wait to try it! <3
    User AvatarGoose Hill Farm on Creamy Blend of Coffee and Milk
  • I tried to open my document for Cappuccino Marshmallows. I made them last year for a Xmas. Eve Party and several guests asked me for the recipe. They were fab. ...
    User AvatarBonny on Marshmallows
  • I have that exact same pasta maker! It's marvelous! I love that you can adjust the thickness by turning a couple of knobs. Enjoy!
    User Avatarfowlplayfun on My New Italian Kitchen
  • Faith, what a lovely tribute to your Dad! I decided to read your post because of the title, and the immediate recollection of my own Dad's 'favorite Thanksgiving Sandwich', which, ...
    User Avatarfieldfare on My Dad's Thanksgiving Sandwich
  • On so many levels, I consider this to be an absolutely wonderful post, and one that is so certain to influence my own Work, I know I will be mentioning ...
    User Avatarfieldfare on Quick, Easy Lunch for Company
  • I wrote the following in a note to Suzanne about this reference to the old, out-of-print book, when I was having difficulty signing up for this site, earlier today. Since ...
    User Avatarfieldfare on Cheesemaking Without Benefit of Mail Order
  • I had no idea that BBQ Rub was local. Not sure how old this thread is, but I just bought some of those pork steaks from the IGA here in ...
    User AvatarDaftHarlot on BBQ Rub
  • I have made this recipe quite a few times. I use whatever wine I have and it is good with any of it. I have even used dried mushrooms chopped ...
    User Avatarfemforrest on Dede's Golden Mushroom Soup
  • Hi from a Welsh lass living in Bulgaria. I've been canning for years but I seem to be having a problem with this one. I'm probably being extremely stupid! You ...
    User Avatarjobo123 on Canned Coleslaw?!
  • I have a question. The instructions say to bring to a boil. Do I need to add any water to the pot or just use what liquid there is from ...
    User AvatarCheryle on Condensed Tomato Soup for Canning
  • And for some reason I didn't see the responses above which give ideas. Thanks for those!!
    User AvatarCassie on Recipes Using Kefir

Thanks for being part of our community!