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The holiday season is upon us and if you are looking to get ahead on your holiday baking, look no further than this detailed tutorial on how to freeze cookie dough.
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The holiday season is upon us and we are in full on baking mode! From Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blender Muffins, to one of our favorite classic cookies, the Best M&Ms Cookie Recipe, all sorts of sweet treats are flying out of our kitchen.
With all this baking we are also freezing a lot of desserts for later. Not only is it nice to get a head start on making our cookies and other treats for holiday parties and for gifting on Christmas cookie trays, nothing beats baking a fresh, gooey eggless Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie, with absolutely zero effort, when you get that late night craving.
While drop cookies freeze best, in this baking tutorial, we will be sharing tips for how to freeze sliced cookies, cut-out cookies, as well as drop cookies.
Do you freeze cookie dough? If so, share your own tips in the comments below!
Can I freeze cookie dough?
Yes, for most cookies, particularly drop cookies, the cookie dough can be frozen.
How long can you freeze cookie dough?
Raw cookie dough can be stored in a freezer safe package for 3-4 months.
Does frozen cookie dough need to be thawed before baking?
No, frozen cookie dough does NOT need to be thawed before baking. You can bake frozen cookie dough straight from the freezer. Simply add 2 minutes to the original recipe cook time and bake until golden.
How long to chill cookie dough in freezer?
You will need to place the balls of cookie dough on a baking sheet and chill the cookie dough for about 2 hours, or until frozen solid, before transferring the frozen cookie dough to a freezer safe container.
Is it better to freeze raw cookie dough or baked cookies?
While freezing baked cookies is convenient when you have leftovers from a gathering, personally, we prefer freezing raw cookie dough and baking the dough from frozen to have warm, fresh cookies!
Does freezing cookie dough change the taste?
We have been freezing cookie dough for decades and, when properly frozen, we have never had any problems with the dough changing taste after being frozen.
If you are really concerned about flavor absorption from the freezer, you can use a vacuum sealer to store the frozen dough, or double bag it. We have had this Food Saver brand vacuum sealer for over 5 years and use it regularly!
How to freeze sugar cookie dough?
There are a few different ways to freeze sugar cookie dough. One option is to freeze the dough in a log or disc shape. For this option, you would shape the dough in a log or disk and wrap the sugar cookie dough tightly in plastic wrap. You would then place the wrapped dough in a freezer safe food storage baggie or container.
To bake, thaw dough in the refrigerator overnight, or until completely thawed. Once dough is thawed, slice and bake the cookies according to the recipe, or roll the dough out and cut into shapes. Note: This method for freezing sugar cookie dough – in a log – would also work for shortbread cookies or other “slice and bake” cookies.
Another option for freezing sugar cookie dough, is to roll out the dough and cut into shapes. Place cut out dough in between two pieces of parchment paper and freeze. Place frozen dough cut outs in a sturdy food saver container, where they won’t get smashed in the freezer.
What cookie dough recipes freeze the best?
Below are our favorite cookie dough recipes that freeze incredibly well!
Peanut Butter S’mores Cookies – Celebrate all the fun of summer with a fun twist on a classic summer treat! These Peanut Butter S’mores Cookies are soft and tender and scream summer.
Toffee Apple Pie Cookies – These soft baked Toffee Apple Pie Cookies, with graham cracker crumbs and toffee bits, are the ultimate apple pie experience in cookie form! They are a warm and welcoming treat for a picture-perfect fall day!
Below you will find our full tutorial on how to freeze cookie dough. This tutorial is focusing on freezing drop cookies, like these Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Toffee Cookies. Please see above for freezing other types of cookie dough.
- 1 batch of drop cookies
- Parchment or wax Paper (optional)
- Standard cookie scoop
- Small baking sheet (that can fit in the freezer)
- Freezer safe zip top baggies
- Permanent Marker
- Make cookies according to the recipe.
- If desired, line a small baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. This will make it easier to remove the frozen cookie dough from the baking sheet after freezing.
- Using the cookie scoop, scoop cookies onto the prepared baking sheet. Since we are not baking the cookies, the portioned dough can be placed close together; but do not let them touch.
- Place sheet of cookie dough balls in the freezer on a flat surface. Freeze for 2-3 hours or until frozen solid.
- Meanwhile, label a freezer safe baggie with a permanent marker. Include the name of the cookie, date, oven temperature and bake time. Since baking the dough from frozen, add 2minutes to the original bake time.
- Once completely frozen, remove frozen cookie dough from freezer and place in prepared freezer baggie.
- Cookie dough can be frozen for 3-4 months.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to directed temperature. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place frozen cookie dough on baking sheet, making sure to leave space in between each cookie to allow for cookies to spread.
- Bake in prepared oven, making sure to bake for approximately 2minutes longer than the original time listed in the recipe, or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.
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