AS I WRITE this, I’m nibbling on a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie I baked on a whim, without any messy measuring or mixing. It’s a trick I learned from home-baking guru Dorie Greenspan: Make the dough, portion it out with an ice cream scoop, freeze those nuggets of goodness, then bake them on demand. The upside? Hot cookies in 10 minutes, whenever you feel like it. The downside? Hot cookies in 10 minutes, whenever you feel like it.
I’ve discovered that professional pastry chefs are also in the habit of stockpiling desserts….