If you tend to not think about hostess gifts until you're walking out the door on your way to the party, only to have to stop at the liquor store or flower market along the way, you can now relax. Here is something you can make way ahead, and that will be more appreciated than any bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers.
The next time you make up a batch of cookies for yourself or your family, make a double batch. Bake up the one for you, and then roll the remaining dough into 1-1¼" balls, place them on a foil or parchment-lined cookie sheet, and pop them into the freezer for 30 minutes.
At the same time, grab one of those apothecary jars that you always seem to have in the back of your pantry taking up space, and place it into the freezer as well.
When the cookie dough balls have frozen, place them into the chilled jar, put the lid on the jar (and top this with foil or plastic wrap if the seal is not a tight one), attach baking instructions (bearing in mind when you do that frozen dough is going to take a minute or two longer to bake than dough that is simply chilled), and return it to the freezer to lie in wait.
When you're heading out the door to your next party, simply grab a jar of cookie dough and be on your way. Who wouldn't love a gift like this?
For the recipe for these delicious chocolate chip cookies, go here.
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