Attention, cookie bakers! Did you know your freezer is your best friend come cookie-baking season? Here's why freezing cookies and cookie dough is such a good idea:
- Free up more time to enjoy the holidays.
- Always have a stash of ready-to-bake cookies on hand in case guests show up unexpectedly.
- Save cookies from going stale by freezing them (just in case you baked too many).
You can freeze most cookies whether they’re baked or unbaked; both are great ways to preserve freshness. Here’s how to do it.
Freezing Baked Cookies
Baked cookies will keep in the freezer for up to 3 or 4 weeks.
- After baking, allow cookies to cool completely. Place them in a freezer-safe zip-top storage bag labeled with the name and date. Some cookies can be frozen as-is, while others may need to be individually wrapped or separated with waxed paper or parchment.
- When you want to eat one, take it out and let it sit at room temperature or warm it in the oven for a few minutes. Or if you are in a hurry, you can microwave it in 10 second intervals.
Freezing Cookie Dough
Most cookie doughs freeze well for up to 3 months. Remember to write the date, type of cookie, and baking instructions on the outside of the package.
Drop Cookies: Shape the cookie dough into balls as you would when preparing to bake them. Place them on a silicone- or parchment-lined sheet. Freeze for an hour (or until solid) and transfer to a freezer zip-top bag. Squeeze out the air and freeze.
Slice-and-Bake Cookies: Shape dough into one or two logs, double-wrap with plastic to prevent freezer burn and odor absorption from your freezer.
Cut-Out Cookies: Shape dough into one or two flat disks. Double-wrap in plastic and freeze flat.
Baking Frozen Cookie Dough
- Drop Cookies: Set frozen cookie dough balls on a lined baking sheet and let the dough defrost in the refrigerator. This will take several hours, so plan ahead. Or place frozen cookie dough balls on a lined baking sheet and bake following recipe directions. Give the cookies a couple of extra minutes in the oven to make up for their frozen start.
- Slice-and Bake Cookies: Frozen cookie logs are easier to slice after they’ve defrosted for a few minutes. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake following recipe directions. Give the cookies a couple of extra minutes in the oven if necessary.
- Cut-Out Cookies: Defrost the dough in the fridge before rolling out, cutting shapes, and baking as usual.
Best Cookies and Doughs for Freezing
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Avoid freezing cake-like cookies and cookies that have a very liquidy batter, such as madeleines and tuiles.
Brush up on your cookie-baking skills with these smart tips for baking perfect cookies. If you want tips for decorating cookies, we’ve got you covered. You can share the fun with a cookie decorating party and/or a cookie exchange.