I’ve gotten into the habit of freezing cookie dough every single time I make a fresh batch of cookies for my children that it’s just become the final step of this dessert making process. Freezing cookies just makes sense because it extends the life of one of my favorite things – sweets – and once you start incorporating this into your routine… you will never look back.
How To Freeze Cookie Dough
If you are trying to figure out how to freeze cookie dough, it’s actually quite simple. Make a batch of your favorite cookies – as you normally would. Then cook as many cookies for your family as you’d like and set aside the dough you’d like to preserve for a later date.
Typically, I like to make about 12 cookies on the first night because that gives everyone around 2 cookies or so to munch on and then there is no chance that we will overindulge. After three months of holiday eating, we need all the restraints we can get.
At this point, all you need to do is grab a freezer Ziploc bag. It has to be specifically made for the freezer. Keep that in mind.
Roll up your cookie dough into one-inch balls and place them in the bag almost as if they are ready for the tray. The thought process behind this is that when they defrost you will be able to just set the frozen cookie dough right onto your tray and then into your oven for cooking.
So, when freezing cookie dough, try to keep the shape of the cookie you want in mind. If you make your cookies larger than one inch, be sure to create larger balls during this stage.
Once you fill your Ziploc bag, get all the air out of the bag and seal it shut. I store it right in my freezer and keep it for about 3 months or so. There are websites that say you can keep your cookie dough for 9 months, but I never wait that long.
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How To Bake Frozen Cookie Dough
When you are ready to bake your frozen cookie dough, simply let the dough defrost first on your counter for a few hours. Then pull the balls apart as needed and cook using the original directions from your recipe.
Easy as pie! I mean… cookies!
Can You Freeze Cookie Dough Made From Scratch?
Yes. I do it all the time. In fact, this is the only way that I freeze dough because I want to savor the extra time that I’ve put into the recipe. But guess what? This whole entire thing applies to the storebought versions as well! Let’s say you buy one of those pull-apart brands and you don’t want to use the whole square. Don’t!
Throw your leftovers into a Ziploc and follow the same exact process as noted above. It will still work.
What Types Of Cookies Can You Freeze?
Literally any types of cookies – it doesn’t matter. You can have chocolate chips or almonds. It can be sugar cookies or molasses. Your freezer doesn’t care. It doesn’t discriminate!
I hope this quick post has helped you in some way!!