An Awesome Portion Control Trick For Homemade Cookies

January 25, 2012   62 Comments

So, you like to bake - but you have a problem. Yes, I know that problem well.

Frozen Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

You bake a couple dozen cookies and then they stare at you from wherever you have put them. Haunting you...... Just one more, you say, as you eat two more.

I have this rule about baked goods that I only eat ones that I have baked (or that someone I know has baked). These keeps me from eating stale, terrible, supermarket cookies when I see them.

This rule has helped me drop some unnecessary pounds and now I savor my baked goods. BUT, if I have them around I can't stop eating them.

So, with the help of a reader's comment, I came up with this handy method of having my cookies without overindulging. Check this out:


I put my finished oatmeal raisin cookie dough into an ice cube tray! And, then I froze them and dumped them out into a freezer bag. Now if I want a fresh baked cookie, I heat up my oven, get out a baking sheet, and bake a reasonable number for my family.

This would be even better if I had a toaster oven because I wouldn't have to heat my whole oven for such a small load.

I put on my apron when my children get off the school bus and pretend I have been baking all afternoon. Take that - Martha Stewart!! HA! I look like super mom as I serve them fresh baked cookies.

I need a cape (and some cool tights and maybe a pair of kickin' leather boots).

Try this oatmeal raisin cookie recipe - it is super delicious and fast to make.

How do you deal with the too many cookies problem?


Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe

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(makes 20 cookies)

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4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup raisins


Soften butter in microwave (or leave out of the fridge if you remember). Mix butter, sugar, and egg in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined. Place cookies in ice cube tray and freeze (about 5 hours). When frozen, take out of tray and put in freezer bag.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Place frozen cookie on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until light brown. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

For one cookie = 73 calories, 2.9 g fat, 10.6 g carbohydrates, 1.5 g protein, 0.7 g fiber, 21 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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First 20 Comments: ( See all 62 )

Excellent make-'em-as-you-want-'em tip, Lisa! :)

But I need another tip! Where does one buy ice-cube trays?

A year or so ago, I hunted for some for my wife (to use as a paint palette) for months and came up empty. Help!

Thank you for following me on Twitter, Lisa - that's how I found your site, and am enjoying the tips already! One question, can you estimate about how much sugar is in one cookie? Just finished blogging about sugar overconsumption, so have it on the brain... Thanks!

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Thanks Lisa, what a great idea!!

I love this tip. You know, home baked cookies really do taste so much better than store bought cookies.

Andy, they have ice cube trays at Target, probably most grocery stores have them too

Thank you, tanna! I thought I checked Target and nearby grocery stores, but maybe I overlooked the obvious! I'll try again. Thanks! :)

Ohhhh..I wish it were that easy..will help...but I'll still eat the frozen raw cookie dough..! haha.

Try any $1 store.

Thank you all for the suggestions about sourcing the ice-cube trays.

I could have sworn that I checked Target, our two grocery stores, and the dollar store (and Big Lots), to no avail, but again, maybe I overlooked the obvious, so I will check! Thanks! :)

This is pure genius.

BRILLIANT!!! I usually bake a batch and freeze the baked cookies. This idea will make it more difficult for me to sneak one 'cuz I'd have to bake it first. I'm like you Lisa and I don't buy store brand cookies. Even ones from the bakery dept don't taste good. Only homemade. I'm definitely going to do this!

ps - I think the ice cube trays are sold where you buy the rubbermaid containers at Target. I had to buy some a few years back and I think that's where they were. Or pick up one of the courtesy phones and let an associate find it for you.

Wow, what a great idea! I would never in a million of years thought of that! I'm going to try your cookies to!!

I have seen a bunch at Salvation Army stores (and I have donated a lot of them, too!). Just pop them in the dishwasher to clean them up.

We found them about a year ago at Walmart.

You can also just roll the dough into balls or portion out w/small ice cream scoop, and place on a lined cookie sheet to freeze. Once frozen put into plastic bag. You don't need an ice cube tray if you don't have one available.

Great idea. Note to self: I need a bigger freezer...

What I like to do is make the whole batch and take half of the batch and send it to work with my boyfriend (or you could take them to work yourself). This way you get to enjoy cookies without over indulging and earn points with co workers.

I JUST Had this problem yesterday. Had baked some cookies for my husband and son so I could get rid of all the extra trail mix I had lying around (and shouldn't eat)Then I took the extras I had frozen to my art club. I brought the rest back and ate 3 more myself before I put managed to get them back in the freezer.However they still lurk, calling, in the freezer.. and I have no problem with even frozen cookies. THIS is a great idea!I will definitely try it.

Thanks for the great idea! I rarely make cookies for my kids because I eat too many. I'm going to make these this weekend.

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