How to Make Your Own Slice and Bake Cookies

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With a roll of this cookie dough in the freezer, you're just 10 minutes away from a low-calorie, natural homemade treat.

To me, cookies aren’t just for special occasions; I can find a reason for a cookie (or two) anytime. Before I had children, my cookie jar was always stocked with a fresh, homemade batch. Fast-forward 10 years: my time is limited and my cookie jar often bare. Some might resort to packaged cookies or store-bought dough, but being a baker and health-conscious mom, I try to steer clear of processed treats in favor of homemade.

That’s why I love this speedy, vanilla-infused cookie dough that can be rolled into a log, stashed in the freezer and pulled out whenever I want to bake cookies. Plus, with this recipe, you’re not limited to just sugar cookies: Stir in chocolate and mini chocolate chips. Or add peanut butter and chopped peanuts for a slimmed-down version of traditional peanut butter cookies—ours have just 58 calories compared to 288 in a classic peanut butter cookie. My cookie jar will never be empty again.

By Stacy Fraser, March/April 2012

Next: 1. Make the Dough »

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Make the Dough

1. Make the Dough

It’s quick and easy to mix together these Easy Slice & Bake Cookies whenever you need something sweet. The recipe makes enough dough so you can bake half and put the other half in the freezer—ready to pull out and bake up a few fresh cookies anytime. Get our recipe for Easy Slice & Bake Cookies here.

Next: 2. Choose Your Favorite Flavor »

Garlic, Apples, Grapes, Shiitake Mushrooms, Cocoa and Nutmeg

3. Roll Dough Into a Log

Pat the dough into a log, then freeze it for about 45 minutes. Remove from the freezer and reroll it—the cold dough is easier to form into a neat cylinder.

Next: 4. Slice the Dough »

Slice the Dough

4. Slice the Dough

Remove the dough from the freezer only about 5 minutes before you slice. Rotate the log a quarter turn after each slice to keep it round.

Next: 5. Reshape Cookies on a Baking Sheet »

Reshape Cookies on a Baking Sheet

5. Reshape Cookies on a Baking Sheet

If cookies aren't round after slicing, you can reshape them on the baking sheet using your fingertips.

Next: 6. Decorate the Cookies »

Decorate the Cookies

6. Decorate the Cookies

Slice-and-bake cookie dough isn’t very sticky. Gently press any decorations into the dough before baking to help them adhere.