Learn how to freeze cookie dough quickly and easily. You won’t even need to thaw it to bake up your next fresh batch of cookies, whether you want one or 10!
I don’t know about you but I like to stress bake and cookies are one of my favorite things to make. However, without any game nights or dinners to be able to give away my cookies, I’ve had to throw some dough in the freezer.
Not that this is a bad thing. Having frozen cookie dough means you’re never more than about 10 minutes away from some freshly baked cookies. Excellent for now, when sometimes you just need that sugar rush and also a great plan for the future when we’ll be able to spend time with our loved ones again. (The only problem I have with cookie dough in the freezer is that I often then eat cookie dough straight from the freezer…if you call that a problem).
How to freeze cookie dough:
Note: these directions are how to freeze drop cookie dough. What are “drop cookies”? Drop cookies are any cookies that you “drop” onto the pan like chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, or oatmeal scotchies.
- Make your cookie dough-seems straight forward, just make whatever batch of drop cookie dough you want to freeze.
- Line 1-2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. If you have a small freezer, you may need to do the next step on a plate.
- Scoop cookie dough onto cookie sheet. I like to make my dough balls the size I would if I was baking the cookies. Since we aren’t baking the cookies, you can crowd as many balls of dough on the tray as will fit without touching each other. If you have a small freezer, you may need to do this on a plate or tray smaller than a cookie sheet.
- Place tray of cookie dough balls in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Remove tray of cookie dough balls from the freezer. Stack dough in a freezer safe container. Don’t be a rookie-label your container-I promise you won’t remember what kind of cookies those are in a month. (This reminder may be more for me than you).
- Return to freezer.
How to bake cookies from frozen dough:
- Pre-heat your oven.
- Line your cookie sheets with parchment or grease them like you normally would to bake cookies
- Remove the number of dough balls you want to bake from your freezer. Place on the cookie sheet leaving at least 4 fingers of space between each cookie.
- Bake like normal. Add 2-3 minutes of additional baking time.
How long can cookie dough be frozen?
Drop cookie dough, well wrapped, can be frozen up to 6 months.
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