I've been charged with the task of making 100+ chocolate chip cookies every other day. As it stands, it takes me over 10 hours to do this. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to cut down the time for this?
My recipe is here and workflow (with time) is like this:
- (make) 6x the dough (this takes about 25-30 minutes)
- let the dough chill in freezer for about 30 minutes
- preheat oven to 325F (this takes ~ 20 minutes, but I let the oven sit at 325 for another 20 minutes)
- bring out dough (in parts), measure and compress dough into 56g (~2 oz.) balls (this is the time sink)
- Once I have 18 balls, I rip them according to the recipe's instructions, place 9 on one cookie sheet, and 9 on another.
- Bake the cookies for 24 minutes (swap racks and rotate sheets at 12 minute mark), simultaneously "process" more dough.
- Take cookies out, let sheets cool for another 10 minutes, and put another batch of 18 in the oven.
Since it's clear that I can't make my cookies bake any faster, I think my bottle neck is the "processing" of the dough. I'm okay with getting cookies that are 56g +/- 3g, anyone have any time-tested suggestions?