Freezing Cookies and Cookie Dough
Looking to get a head start on your holiday baking? When it comes to making cookies, it’s easy. Cookies and cookie dough alike freeze extremely well. Just follow the tips below to make and freeze your cookies well in advance. It’s a great timesaving strategy — any time of the year!
How to Freeze Cookie Dough:
• Wrap unbaked 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.)
• If you’re making drop cookies, you can also use this timesaving method: drop spoonfuls of 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.
• If you’re making sliced cookies: form the 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.
• Use frozen cookie dough within 4 to 6 months for best quality.
How to Freeze Baked Cookies:
• To freeze unfrosted cookies: Wrap cookies tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in heavy-duty freezer bag or airtight plastic container. Line each layer of cookies with waxed paper to prevent them from sticking together.
• To freeze frosted cookies: Place cookies in a single layer on cookie tray in freezer. Once cookies are frozen, transfer to airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, lining each layer with waxed paper, and return to freezer.
• Thaw baked cookies in the fridge.
• Keep baked cookies for 6 to 8 months in the freezer for best quality.
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