Homemade cookie dough is easy to freeze and once you’ve got a batch of dough in the freezer, you’ll be able to enjoy home-baked cookies within minutes. Homemade cookie dough will last for several months in the freezer, so you can make it well in advance. Here are some tips for keeping it fresh:
How to freeze homemade cookie dough for drop cookies:
Drop spoonfuls of the cookie dough onto a baking sheet and place in the freezer until the dough is frozen (about an hour). Transfer the dough balls from the baking sheet into a heavy-duty freezer bag or an airtight freezer container.
- To bake the cookies, simply place the frozen dough balls directly onto a baking sheet and bake a few minutes longer than indicated in the recipe.
How to freeze homemade cookie dough for sliced cookies:
Form the cookie dough into a log, as directed in recipe. Wrap tightly with plastic freezer wrap or place log in a heavy-duty freezer bag.
- To bake the cookies, you don’t need to thaw the frozen dough log — just slice off what you need with a sharp knife. Bake the frozen dough for a few minutes longer than indicated in the recipe.
How to freeze any other kind of homemade cookie dough:
Wrap the cookie dough tightly with plastic freezer wrap or pack into a heavy-duty freezer bag or an airtight freezer container.
- When you’re ready to bake the cookies, thaw the frozen dough in the container in the refrigerator. (Thawing will take a few hours.)
How long does frozen cookie dough last?
Homemade cookie dough will keep well for about 4 to 6 months in the freezer.