Freezing Cookies and Cookie Dough

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:

  1. Save time by making cookies or cookie dough ahead of time and freezing for later.
  2. Save cookies from going stale by freezing them (just in case you baked too many).
Freezing Cookies and Cookie Dough | Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Pictured: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.

Cookies ready to freeze, double-wrapped and put in a ziploc bag

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  • After baking, allow them to cool completely. Double-wrap each cookie individually before placing in a freezer zip-top bag and write the name and date on the outside.
  • 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 and type of cookie on the outside of the package.

Cookies ready to bake after freezing

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Pictured: Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies

  • 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

Shortbread Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Refrigerator Cookies
Sugar Cookies
Gingerbread Cookies
Brownies
Avoid freezing cake-like cookies and cookies that have a very liquidy batter, such as madeleines and tuiles.

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