Baking in Bulk – Save Time and Money!

Bulk Baking Cookies - Save Time and Money!

Time and money.  Every day is a struggle to find ways to get more of each.  One way is from bulk baking.  Like bulk cooking, bulk baking can save you lots of time and money.

Three weeks ago I decided to do a ton of bulk cooking.  School was around the corner and our 13-year-old would once again be on a busy schedule of school, homework, karate lessons and visiting with her friends.  Add my husband and I’s full-time jobs and moderate-to-long commutes and we quickly needed a way to free up precious time and money.

Bulk cooking to the rescue!  Hours were spent making and cooking lasagna, meatballs, pasta sauce, spaghetti noodles, elbow macaroni, lentil soup, chili and spinach quiche.  My KitchenAid mixer got a decent workout as did my baking pans and cooling racks.  The kitchen smelled heavenly.

After I recouped from a solid weekend of bulk cooking, I found the energy to do a bit of bulk baking the following weekend so our daughter would have a yummy treat in her school lunches.  Actually, I didn’t have to find much energy to bake.  I definitely prefer baking over cooking.  To me, the results are much more rewarding!  Much more! :)

As you can see from the picture above, I made a variety of cookie flavors.

Bulk Baking Cookies - Save Time and Money!

Like I said, my KitchenAid mixer got a good workout.  I just added the yummy ingredients, mixed, made into dough balls and cleaned the bowl for the next batch.

Bulk Baking Cookies - Save Time and Money!

I made these super sweet White Chocolate Chip Cookie dough balls and…

Bulk Baking Cookies - Save Time and Money!

Chocolate Chip Craisin Cookie dough balls and…

Bulk Baking Cookies - Save Time and Money!

Peanut Butter Cookie dough balls!

Needless to say, the cookie flavor possibilities are endless. :)

Bulk Baking Cookies - Save Time and Money!

After chilling each sheet of cookie dough balls until firm (an hour or so), I just plopped them into marked freezer bags.  I used quart-sized bags here and labeled them with the cookie type, date, and cooking temperature so I wouldn’t have to look it up again.  I should have added the baking time too.  Next time!

I highly recommend bulk baking to help with kid lunches and snacks.  It’s super quick, easy, fun and definitely saves a lot of time and money in the long run.  The great thing is our daughter is now old enough to fire up the oven to bake them herself!  Yes! :)

So, do you ever do bulk baking or cooking?  I’d love to hear your stories, tips and tricks.

As always, ENJOY! :D

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8 Responses to “Baking in Bulk – Save Time and Money!”

  1. sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 24, 2012 @ 10:56 AM (#
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    i love this! i usually have leftover dough from cookie recipes and I just throw the whole blob into the freezer for another time. I’m going to start pre-rolling them and marking them clearly! My freezer is full of frozen cookie dough blobs!

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  2. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — September 24, 2012 @ 11:56 AM (#
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    This is the best idea. Usually I make the cookies and THEN freeze them, but this way you get freshly baked cookies every time. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love me some thawed on the countertop cookies, but your way is better!

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  3. Margo — October 4, 2012 @ 9:44 AM (#
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    this is handy! I was just making some cookies for my kids’ schools and realized I had embarked on a recipe for 10 DOZEN cookies. I was wondering if I could freeze dough balls, and now I know. (I’ll add the time to mine – grin)

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  4. Rachel — December 16, 2012 @ 7:30 PM (#
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    Brilliant idea. I need to do this.

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  5. Margaret — June 23, 2013 @ 7:14 PM (#
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    I feed eight hungry kids so this kind of stuff comes in handy. I too was unsure if I could freeze cookie dough…but now I know. Thanks so much.

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