One Bowl Chocolate Chip Cookies: freezer follow up

When I made the amazing One Bowl Chocolate Chip Cookies last week, I froze a portion of the dough for science!

  
I was hoping for two things: to minimize the number of cookies the original batch made so we weren’t inundated with chocolate chip cookies for days AND to give mt some instant cookie goodness on a moment’s notice. Freezer–>Oven–>My Mouth.

I formed the dough into a roll shape, wrapped it up and stuck it in the freezer. Yesterday, I took it out, sliced it up, and popped it in the oven.

And then…there was sadness:

  
Burnt. My fault..I forgot about them and didn’t hear the timer go off. I had half the dough left, so I sliced up the remainder:  

 Meh. Maybe this dough just isn’t meant to go from freezer to oven. The cookies were well done at the edges and barely baked in the center. Perhaps if I cut the dough into smaller chunks? Or let it thaw on the counter for a few minutes before putting it in the oven? Anybody have any secret tips?