Freezing Cookie Dough
Did you know? Cookie dough can be made in advance of baking and frozen for up to three months.
An effective way to do this is to form it into logs for slice-and-bake cookies.
Form the dough into a log with the help of parchment or waxed paper, and store the logs in a large zip-top plastic bag before freezing.
Don’t thaw the cookie dough before baking, simply use a bench knife or sharp knife to cut as few or as many as you like. Place them on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet, and let them thaw while the oven is heating.
Rolled cookie dough keeps well when stored inside a zip-top freezer bag. Use a drinking straw to suck the air out of the bag before closing.
Once the cookies are frozen, they can be dropped into a zip-top storage bag and put back in the freezer. Take as few or as many as you like out of the freezer and let them thaw while your oven heats. This is a nice way to have more than one type of cookie on hand whenever you’d like a warm treat from the oven.
How Long to Store Cookies in the Freezer
If you want to bake ahead but have limited storage space, the freezer can be a backup option! Check out our tips for freezing and storing options before you get too busy.
With proper storage, most cookies can be kept in the freezer for up to three months. The best way to store cookies depends on the type of cookie you’re baking. For example, chewy bars should be stored in a single layer in a covered airtight container. Most cookies, however, can be stored by stacking them in layers separated by wax paper and sealing them in a covered airtight container.
Great Cookies for Freezing
Bake ahead! Way ahead. Baked cookies and dough last two months in the freezer.
Freeze Sturdy Cookies
If your cookies bake up sturdy and will stand up to being frozen, place the baked, unfrosted cookies in a freezer bag.
Freeze Slice and Bake Cookies
For perfect slice-and-bake cookies anytime, wrap dough logs in plastic wrap and then foil.
Freeze Rolled Cookies
Freezing perfectly portioned cookie dough is easy. Simply freeze dough balls on a cookie sheet. For storage, place frozen balls in a freezer bag.
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