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why do you have to refrigerate peanut butter cookie dough

I made the made the mistake of making my neighbors these cookies. Every time I see either neighbor they thank me again for the wonderful cookies, "Oh they were So Good! "
hint hint I'm breaking down and making them another batch tonight, but it got me thinking of a fun Christmas present for them. I'd like to give each of them a baking sheet, a cookie scoop, a roll of parchment paper, and a big batch of the cookie dough. Assuming the freshest possible eggs and butter, how long can I expect this dough to make tasty cookies if kept in the refrigerator?


Freezing is an option too, but they're less likely to actually use it if they have to think ahead far enough to defrost it. (BTW, it is a great recipe. ) The recipe is in the link, but just in case the link dies, the ingredients are: 1 stick (б cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature Substitution ideas that might lengthen refrigerator life are more than welcome. Halis, If your recipe calls for the dough to be refrigerated for an hour or so, it is so that the butter and shortenings will solidify and give the dough.


Halis, If your recipe calls for the dough to be refrigerated for an hour or so, it is so that the butter and shortenings will solidify and give the dough the body it needs. If your recipe calls for a refrigeration of 6 hours or more, you are waiting for the moisture in the dough to completely saturate the flour. This causes a slight change in the final texture of the baked cookies.


For fun sometime, you might enjoy taste-testing cookies baked from dough that is room temperature and cookies from dough straight out of the fridge. Just put a few of each on a cookie sheet and bake as usual. You can also compare cookies made from 1 hour dough against cookies refrigerated overnight. Of course, you would have to be willing to make cookies two days in a row. And that wouldn t be all bad, would it?

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