Freezing Cookies and Cookie Dough

Too many cookies on your hands? Freeze cookies and cookie dough to extend the life of your big batch without sacrificing quality.
Zippy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Freezing Baked Cookies
Freezing baked cookies is a great way to preserve their freshness. We still haven’t come across a baked cookie that doesn’t freeze well.

  • Baked cookies will keep in the freezer for up to 3 or 4 weeks.
  • As with freezing cookie dough, double-wrap the cookies securely and write the date and the type of cookie on the outside of the package.
  • When you are ready to eat your frozen cookies, just let them come to room temperature, or, for you impatient types, pop them in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds. (Times will differ depending on the size of cookie you’re defrosting.)
Gingerbread Men Cookies

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Freezing Cookie Dough
Most cookie doughs freeze extremely well and can be kept frozen for up to 4 or 6 weeks. Use these tips for freezing:

  • Double-wrap dough in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn and absorption of odors from your freezer
  • Write the type of cookie dough and the date it was frozen on the outside of the package.
  • When you are ready to bake, simply let the dough defrost in the refrigerator. This will take several hours, so plan ahead.

These cookie doughs freeze the best:

  • shortbreads
  • chocolate chip
  • peanut butter
  • refrigerator
  • sugar
  • brownies

Avoid freezing cake-like cookies and cookies that have a very liquidy batter, such as madeleines and tuiles.

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Shortbread

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