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  • While I’m a huge fan of baking cookies from scratch, sometimes I don’t feel like actually baking but I still want a freshly baked cookie. I’ll admit that the pre-made refrigerated cookie dough has found it’s way into my shopping cart a few times to fulfill that “freshly baked cookie” craving, without having to pull out the mixing bowls. And while I might want to serve guests or friends freshly baked cookies, sometimes I don’t have the time to bake them from scratch. Once again, the pre-made refrigerated cookie dough comes to the rescue.

    Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Refrigerated Cookie DoughHowever, just because you baked the cookies from a pre-made dough doesn’t mean they have to look that way. I stumbled across this amazing trick for how to make picture perfect cookies, by Not Your Momma’s Cookie, and wondered whether it would work just as well for refrigerated cookie dough as it does for a scratch-made cookie. So this afternoon, I decided to give it a shot.

    For this experiment, I used Nestle Tollhouse Refrigerated Cookie Dough.

    Since this dough already comes pre-portioned, I didn’t roll them into tiny balls, I just pulled each square portion apart.

    Tear the cookie dough apart.

    Then smooshed the pieces back together and placed them on the cookie sheet torn/jagged side up.

    Smoosh the cookie dough together

    For comparison purposes, I made 4 cookies using the “jagged-dough ball” method, or as I like to call it, the “tear and smoosh” method and left 4 cookies as is. Then I baked as usual.

    Refrigerated Cookie Dough

    After inspecting the cookies, overall, the “tear and smoosh” method definitely makes the cookies appear more gourmet. They have the little bumps and jaggedness that makes you think “made from scratch.” One of the four was pretty smooth and looked similar to the regular cookies, but that might be because I didn’t make the tear as jagged or rough as it needed to be. Also, the little pre-portioned squares look like they’re quite a bit smaller than what was shown in the original post, so I might not have had as much dough to work with.

    Which Cookie is Made from Scratch?

    I love the “from scratch” look that I was able to get even when using the pre-made refrigerated cookie dough. If you’ve got guests coming and you want “freshly baked cookies” in a pinch, use this method to make your refrigerated cookie dough cookies look like fresh bakery cookies.

    11 Comments so far. Please add yours!

    • Katherine G says:

      I don’t see a difference they both look delicious to me.

      • Miriam says:

        I thought the difference was subtle but that the “tear and smoosh” cookie looked a little bumpier.

    • Mary DeBorde says:

      I’ve done this, too – and boy do those look yummy! :D

    • These look really good. My favorite refrigerated cookie is the Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies!! They are sooooo yummy!!

    • md kennedy says:

      Love your “Tear & Smoosh” – you should copyright it!

    • Kilah Owens says:

      Thanks for the post.

    • excellent idea i will give this a try

    • Vicki Hale says:

      If I baked any cookies at all, people would be so amazed they wouldn’t notice if they looked homemade or not LOL

    • Betty League says:

      I have used Nestle Tollhouse Refrigerated Cookie Dough and really like it. My kids did not know or care if the cookies were homemade or if it came from a bag. They just loved hot fresh baked cookies. I liked your review and Comparison on how shaping the cooky dough affects the finished product.
      thank you

    • Michael Murray says:

      Gotta try this just to fool myself

    • Steva Spottswood says:

      Great…love it!

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