My neighbor recently gave me a Frozen Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Platter with perfectly rounded scoops of cookie dough, wrapped with a giant red ribbon on top. A perfect gift to give.

Gift to Give: Frozen Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Platters

My eyes went immediatley to the tag that included these instructions, as I immediately put the plate into my freezer, as I was instructed to do:

Freeze and bake from frozen @350 for 18 minutes.

Gift to Give: Frozen Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Platters

I couldn’t wait to tantalize my guests with not only the ultimate cookie moment (recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s recipe), but also the warm scent of cookies. What guests doesn’t like the smell of hot, gooey cookies coming out of the oven, any time of the day?

I loved this idea for Valentine’s Day, so I’m sharing with you today, the recipe, the procedure, and how to make the sweetest Valentine’s Day gift to give to a family who will “love you forever!”

How to make for gift-giving.

– It’s really simple. You make up the dough. You may want to double, trip, quadruple the batch – depending on how many platters you plan to give.

– Freeze the plates ahead of time. Bring them out of the freezer and scoop (ice cream scoop) the dough balls onto the platter.

Gift to Give: Frozen Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Platters

– Wrap the plates with clear cellophane wrap, and place the platters filled with cookies back into the freezer (for at least 1 hour).

– Pull out of the freezer and tie each plate with a giant red bow. Give the gift platters frozen – so the recipients can pop right into their own freezer, if they choose to.

Gift to Give: Frozen Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Platters

Make for your family or guests

– Bring out of your own freezer, at the most hospitable time, and bake the cookies frozen for your family or guests!

Gift to Give: Frozen Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Platters

– Place the cookies back on to the platter and serve!

Bless others

It’s the perfect way to bless your guests.

It’s that easy. And what a sweet, sweet gift to give – and to receive!

Gift to Give: Frozen Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Platters

How to freeze in Ziploc bags

Here are more tips, if you choose to make the balls of dough ahead of time and freeze in Ziploc bags (and not use the plate method):

1. Mix the dough.
2. Scoop balls of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until firm, 15-20 minutes.
3. Transfer the frozen balls to a freezer-safe container (or Ziploc bag).
4. Freeze for up to 3 months.

How to bake the frozen cookie balls

Here are tips for baking the frozen cookies balls:

1. Place the frozen balls on a baking sheet.
2. Bake at 350 for 18 minutes for 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch balls.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Below is the Martha’s regular recipe (that I adapted), if you choose to make not freeze the dough. Either way, you can make the dough and follow the steps above, or make the dough, bake, and devour them now. They are that good!

My neighbor, Ellie, reminded me, and I had to chuckle (because I, too, have a weakness for cookie dough):

However, if they were in my freezer they would all be gone before any company dropped by. :)

True, very true.

What is your favorite cookie dough recipe to freeze? Or, do you have any “freezing cookie dough” tips to share?

Gift to Give: Frozen Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Platters

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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 1/4 cups 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped


  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium-high until light and fluffy, 6 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low and beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Mix in flour mixture just until incorporated; fold in chocolate chips and chunks and nuts.
  • Using a 1/4-cup ice-cream scoop or a large spoon, drop dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (you should have 24 balls) and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Arrange 6 unbaked cookies, 3 inches apart, on each of two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until edges are light golden brown, 17 to 18 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.
  • Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool. Bake remaining dough using new parchment.
  • If you choose to freeze for gifts, follow the instructions above in the post.
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