In the mood to bake? We hear you! It’s just that some recipes make a little more food than your family wants to eat. Well, that’s where the freezer comes in. These ten recipes make fun family baking projects: from mixing, rolling, shaping and baking, all the way to freezing for a future rainy day. And as if you need any more good news, all of the recipes are pantry-friendly, too!
BAKER’S Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Classic, chewy-crisp chocolate chip cookies? Yes, please! They’re wonderful warm from the oven, but they freeze well, too. Just remove to a wire rack and cool completely. Then, either layer the cookies in an airtight container or place in a freezer-weight resealable plastic bag and freeze for up to 3 months. To recreate that fresh-from-the-oven feeling, pop a few frozen cookies into a 300°F oven for about 5 minutes or just until heated through.
Sharp Cheddar Scones
These cheddar cheese scones are packed with flavour and a cinch to shape. Just roll the dough into one big round and cut into wedges. Baked scones, in general, freeze very well. Cool them completely, then freeze in an airtight container or freezer-weight resealable plastic bag for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, thaw the frozen scones before rewarming in a 300°F oven for about 5 minutes.
Put your pantry staples to perfectly good use with another classic cookie, the oatmeal raisin. These cookies, like most other cookies, are extremely freezer-friendly. Just freeze any leftover cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Peanut Butter, Oatmeal & Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Can’t decide between peanut butter, oatmeal and chocolate chunk cookies? You don’t have to! We’ve combined all three into one for the ultimate cookie experience. Store any leftover cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature, or freeze for up to 3 months. Just thaw frozen cookies for a couple of hours on the counter when you’d like a sweet treat.
Banana, Raisin and Bran Muffins
Start your day deliciously! This tasty twist on a raisin-bran muffin provides the perfect opportunity to use up any overripe bananas, whether fresh or frozen. Cool muffins completely before freezing in an airtight container or freezer-weight resealable plastic bag for up to 2 months. Thawed muffins taste especially terrific when they’re served warm. Heat them in a 300°F oven or toaster oven for a few minutes before serving.
Perfect Parmesan Pizza Dough
Never tried making your own pizza dough? Now’s your chance! This recipe makes enough dough for four pizzas, one for tonight and three more for later. Just follow the freezing and thawing directions in the recipe. Choose your favourite pizza toppings, or try some new combinations. How about Bacon-Mushroom Pizzeria Pizza or Masala Chicken Pizzeria Pizza? You may never get takeout again!
Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Banana Bread
What could be better than the smell of banana bread wafting through the house? Our version of the favourite quick bread is very forgiving, thanks to a secret little ingredient that keeps it moist (even after freezing). Bake the bread now to enjoy right away, or freeze it (or part of it) as directed to enjoy later. We love it as a simple afternoon snack with coffee or tea, but it also tastes great with breakfast or brunch.
Irish Soda Bread
Want to try your hand at making bread? Begin with Irish Soda Bread, especially if yeast feels too intimidating. This freezer-friendly loaf is deliciously versatile. The currants add a hint of sweetness, but simply omit them if you prefer a plain buttermilk bread.
Thyme Dinner Rolls
Dinner rolls are a super-fun family project, all the way from making and proofing the dough to shaping the buns. Serve them warm from the oven, spread with butter or cream cheese. Or, cool them completely and place in a freezer-weight resealable plastic bag to freeze for another night. Thaw at room temperature and rewarm in a 300°F oven for a few minutes before serving.
Not ready to try tackling an artisanal sourdough on your own? We don’t blame you! Try this easy Tomato-Rosemary Focaccia instead and wow everyone on your Insta feed! No one has to know how easy it was to make. It’s delicious served warm, but it freezes beautifully, too. Cool it completely before cutting into pieces. Place the pieces in a freezer-weight resealable plastic bag and store in the freezer. When ready to serve, just rewarm them, straight from the freezer, in a 350°F oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until hot and crispy again.