What works for me:
Frozen Cookie Dough
This summer, when school was out and I had time on my hands (GOSH.... it is hard to remember what that is like...), I decided to make some cookie dough. A lot of it. Peanut butter, chocolate chip, ginger oatmeal (a new recipe I tried... and luckily it was a hit!). Of course, you can't get away with making cookie dough and not cookies, so I baked some cookies too, but I froze a large amount of dough. I rolled it into logs, and wrapped it in plastic wrap. Then I put it in a freezer bag and labeled it according to the type of cookie dough (along with baking instructions... because sometimes I forget. And you can guess at baking temps & times, but sometimes that can be problematic).
So this week, as I am needing treats for friends, I can pull out my HOMEMADE frozen cookie dough and bake off a fresh batch, wrap it in a cute box, and say "Merry Christmas!" With a big smile. Because one day, this summer, I was smart.