An Awesome Portion Control Trick For Homemade Cookies

Oatmeal Cookie

This is a guest post by Lisa Cain, PhD, a.k.a Snack-Girl

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

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.

ice cube tray for cookie dough

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
(makes 20 cookies)

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!

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 PointsPlus

Lisa Cain, Ph.D. writes about healthy snacks on Snack-Girl.com. She is a published author, mother of two, and avid snacker.

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  • Mtreid85

    I do the same thing! I have a dough scoop, so I scoop all the dough out into perfect little c ookies, freeze them, and put them in a bag. Then, if we don’t eat all the dough just like that, I can make just 3 or 4 cookies at a time!

  • Cannongrl60

    Another great tip is to make only a few, ball up the rest and freeze them. That way if you only wanted a few you could just grab them from the freezer and throw them in the oven.

  • Kimin

    I do basically the same thing with preparing the batter and freezing. Every morning before my first cup of coffee I turn the oven on and bake 4 cookies. That way my boys have fresh, home baked cookies in their lunch!

  • D Y Estey

    Awesome idea, thamk you!

  • Connie

    love this idea ~ and I can use it on all kinds of things, thanks for posting!

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  • Jane noplainjaneskitchen

    A great idea and so easy.  This is a great way to add variety too I can make a bunch of different cookies, favorite recipes, and have them throughout the week.  Thank you for sharing.

  • Anonymous

    What a great tip!  I have that same problem with cookies –  I may try this some day.  Right now, though, my success is still too new and I want to really feel confident before I face the cookie monster again.  :-)  21 pounds down, 204 to go.  www.hotmessprincess.com

  • http://profiles.google.com/hays.mhays Michele Hays

    Sadly, we can’t be trusted with frozen cookie dough, either: just a few minutes in the toaster oven, and it’s cookies.  (If desperate enough, we’ve been known to eat it frozen.)

    I found this terrific recipe for chocolate chip cookies that yields exactly FOUR cookies, and that solved most of our problem…now I just have to get myself to stop eating raw chocolate chips…

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  • http://www.behealthybehappywellness.com/ pam@behealthybehappywellness

    I love this!  I’ll be trying it next time I bake cookies.  I also follow the “make it myself or don’t eat it” rule.

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  • Tinamor04

    Love this trick. I like my cookies to be more uniform in shape, though, so I scoop them out in balls, freeze on a cookie sheet and then dump in a freezer bag. Same idea.

  • Cari

    This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I’m so excited to have cookies anytime I want

  • Cari

    This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I’m so excited to have cookies anytime I want

  • Cari

    This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I’m so excited to have cookies anytime I want

  • Mattandsherry

    Easier way? Make dough rolls, slice into cookies, wrap as a roll and freeze. This takes up less space in the freezer and creates perfectly round and equal cookies.

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  • Lmr-photo

    I use a similar idea for our boat.  I pre-freeze rounds of cookie dough on parchment then pop them into a z-lock baggie.  I just pull out as many cookies as I need (sometimes even just 4) to make a nice treat when we’re boating.  All the other boats on the docks are envious mmmm….maybe I’ll have to make more than 4 at a time but, my boat oven is pretty small.

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  • http://www.towerdeli.com/ catering Fort Lauderdale

    What a great tip! For sure, children
    and even the husband would think that they have a super mom or a super wife in
    their midst. Baking can be a tiring task even for those who do it often but
    this suggestion here can save time and effort, leaving ample time to accomplish
    other chores but still look calm and collected after a day’s work in the home.

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  • Jlwalsh5

    How do I deal with a ‘too many cookie’ problem ( as if there ever was such a thing!)….. I eat them all! problem solved.  Now I have a ‘my butt is too big’ problem.

  • http://www.thecookingblock.com/ Christa@thecookingblock

    I think this is fantastic!  Cookies are my favorite and I don’t make them often because I just don’t want to be that disciplined.  I want them all.  Now to overcome the cookie dough (eating of said frozen dough) I think I’ll have to put them in the basement freezer for safe (safer) keeping.

  • http://www.thecookingblock.com/ Christa@thecookingblock

    I think this is fantastic!  Cookies are my favorite and I don’t make them often because I just don’t want to be that disciplined.  I want them all.  Now to overcome the cookie dough (eating of said frozen dough) I think I’ll have to put them in the basement freezer for safe (safer) keeping.

  • Romero Shanna14

    Great tip, have to try (:

  • http://www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com/ Erin @ Making Memories

    This is just genius!!!

  • Andrea

    My portion control trick for homemade baked goods is to make big portions (I know, sounds counterintuitive, but when it somes to cookies I’m not logical). If I make small or normal-sized cookies it’s too easy to pick one up.. and then another, and another until I’m eating by inertia. So instead I make BIG cookies, almost 4 inches in diameter, so I have to pause and think about it before picking it up and eating it. It’s hard to justify eating two or three monster cookies, and I eat less this way.

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  • skytlle

    Thank you for this idea! My son has food allergies so we are always needing to take a cookie here or there so he can enjoy things along with his peers. This way I can make it all a lot easier!

  • g

    Do you have to un thaw cookies before you bake them?

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