My husband and I got married at 22 and 23. I was fresh out of my undergraduate program and my husband was almost at his one year Navy anniversary. While we certainly weren’t “poor” by any national standards we certainly felt like we were paycheck-to-paycheck after we put money into TSP and savings. Since I wasn’t working at the time one of the things I learned to do was stretch our budget as far as possible.
One of the biggest obstacles was my husband’s refusal to eat leftovers. After years at college where all they served was the same two meals all week he hated leftovers. After the second time of cooking an entire recipe of cookies and either disposing of it in the trash can (because cutting the recipe in half is hard), I decided that I would come up with a new way to do it and I did!
I found that I could make a batch of cookies and freeze them the same as the store bought brands but now they were healthier because they did not have preservatives. My “preservative” was simply freezing them.
How to Make One Cookie
First, I made the cookies according to the recipe on the back of the package.
Next, I made them into balls and placed them on wax paper.
After they were all formed I would stick them in the fridge or freezer. I did not cover them. I left them long enough for them to become hard.
Once they are hard, I take them off the cookie sheet and stick them into a freezer bag.
Now we can make a single fresh cookie all month long whenever we want them. They are quick, easy, cheap, and best of all, fresh ever time.
To Bake: Take one cookie out and put it on a cookie sheet (we use a toaster oven). Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes or so (depending on your desired softness).
Enjoy your freshly baked budget-friendly perfect single cookie!3