I know that this is pretty much a no-brainer but I thought I would include it just in case you hadn't thought of it-Make Ahead Cookie Dough Balls. You could buy the premade cookie dough from the store or you could just make your own. I make a batch or two of my favorite cookie dough, scoop it out into dough balls and put on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Now these can be frozen and bagged up to bake at a later date. You bake them exactly the same as fresh dough only add a few extra minutes.
-Maybe you have to bake cookies for an event but don't have time to bake them all right now but you do have time to mix up dough
-Maybe you are like me and can't have a whole batch of baked cookies lying around your house, but if you only bake a few at a time then you are less tempted
-Maybe you have a weakness for fresh baked cookies-now you can have just as many as you want whenever the mood strikes.
-You could bake a few of a bunch of different types of cookies all at once (if the baking times and temps correlate.
The recipe for the dough balls pictured:
1 1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Heat oven to 400F. Cream sugar, butter and shortening together. Add eggs and mix a little longer. Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Mix to form dough. Mix together cinnamon and sugar. Roll dough into balls and dip into cinnamon sugar. (This is where you could freeze them) Bake for 8-10 minutes (HINT: snickerdoodles are not good crisp. They taste the best when they are soft and fresh-don't over bake, just bake until the edges are lightly golden).