Quickly Shaping Cookies

Instead of scooping up cookie dough one teaspoonful at a time, pat dough into a rectangle on a baking sheet and freeze until almost solid. Slice the rectangle horizontally and vertically at even intervals, forming a grid. Pick up and roll individual pieces for baking. —Maxine B., Mt. Gilead, Ohio When making a small batch of chocolate chip cookies, I line a 13-inch x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper and then spread the entire batch of dough in the pan. After it’s baked and has cooled for 5 minutes, I cut the giant cookie into squares with a pizza cutter. This method cuts prep time and cleanup time! —Pat M., Camp Hill, Pennsylvania