Crisp and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
You'll often see instructions to "age" cookie dough in the refrigerator before baking (for an hour, or overnight). The main advantage is a more uniform golden color and a slightly more gooey texture. But this is not necessary—for more instant gratification, go ahead and bake right away!
To enjoy a warm, fresh cookie any night of the week, get the balls rolling in advance. Place them on a cookie sheet, freeze them on the pan, and transfer to a resealable plastic bag. Bake directly from frozen, adding 3 to 5 minutes to the usual time.