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Make cookie dough logs

By on November 16, 2012
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Cookie dough can be frozen with ease. You can roll cookie dough into logs, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag. When you’re ready to use the dough, thaw it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, then slice and bake. You can also place cookie dough in each compartment of an ice-cube tray for freezing and thawing. If it’s for cutouts, form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag or storage container.
The first reader tip shares a great use for cookie dough logs:

Homemade gift:

Jar gifts with cookie ingredients layered inside are nice, and baked goods in tins or on plates are great; but I like to give frozen cookie dough logs wrapped in plastic wrap. It’s a happy medium and a little different than the usual homemade cookie gifts. You can wrap the dough log in giftwrap or butcher paper. Add the recipe or baking instructions on an adhesive label or gift tag. — Paula, New York

Use for pillowcase:

I cut my pillowcase to the size of my laptop screen and sewed the edges so I can use it for a cover. It slides right over the top! — Amanda, email

Homemade junk food:

I have been known to mix a small spoon of powdered sugar into part-skim ricotta cheese as a treat. I eat it by itself or over whole-grain cereal flakes or fruit. I make “whip” by beating one container of fat-free cream cheese with a quarter- to a half-cup of either Splenda or sugar, then I stir in a small container of fat-free sour cream. I use a big spoon or two of that as dip on fruit, or stir in some berries or berry juice. If you want it lighter you can fold in up to a container of non-fat generic whipped cream. You can use this as a topping on all kinds of stuff. — G.G., forums

Make muffin bars:

In the winter, my three teenage boys and my husband bake two double batches of muffins each week. We bake them in a 9-by-13 pan because it is easier to bake and clean up, so they end up being more like muffin bars. The guys can plow through a 9-by-13 pan of muffins in a half an hour easily, especially if it is a favorite flavor, like banana-chocolate chip. The child responsible for dinner makes biscuits or cornbread with dinner where appropriate, and for breakfast the next day, they eat syrup over the cornbread and jam or honey on the biscuits. — Zakity, Oregon

Banana Fingers:

(makes 1 serving)

1/2 of a ripe 9-inch banana
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 slice whole wheat or oatmeal bread, toasted
Preheat broiler. With a fork, mash banana with orange juice and cinnamon. Spread on one side of toasted bread. Place under the broiler until bubbling and lightly browned. Cut into small fingers and serve. — Denise, Illinois

Teach kids frugality:

My kids grew up thrifting and going to garage sales. It didn’t take long before they got the concept of more for less, which they discovered was a great way to stretch their allowance. I have always used coupons, so they learned thriftiness by example, too.
When some peers (snobs) at school gave my daughter a hard time about her clothes in junior high, I gave her a lesson on what a sucker is: I shopped thrift stores and secondhand shops to find lots of gently-used name-brand clothing at a fraction of the cost. Now, while her peers might have seven pieces of name-brand clothing their parents purchased new, my daughter has 50 pieces she can combine to make endless outfits. I also let her rip and restyle anything; it only cost $.50, so why not? Pretty soon little girls who lived in McMansions were begging their mothers to go to the Salvation Army Boutique. Made me giggle. — F.W., Michigan

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