I’m Finishing the Cookie Dough

So I made cookies a few weeks ago, the kind you need cookie cutters for, and you know all that leftover dough that is around the parts where you cut out the cookies? The scraps? Well I balled them all up and wrapped them in parchment paper and stuck the ball back in the fridge thinking I’d cut out some more cookies later when I figured out a good design. Instead I just started picking away at it little by little. I was eating teaspoonfuls every hour for a minute there so I decided to throw it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer thinking it would get too hard to pick at and that would solve the problem, but do you know what? Now I just pry hunks off with a fork. What are you doing wrong?