How to Freeze Cookie Dough Tips

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How to Freeze Cookie Dough Tips! Who doesn’t love fresh, warm, gooey cookies straight out of the oven? But let’s be honest, sometimes we don’t have the time (or patience) to mix and bake a batch every time a craving strikes. That’s where freezing cookie dough comes in.

See the benefits of freezing cookie dough, what cookies freeze the best and how to properly freeze and store them, plus some helpful tips and tricks for perfecting your frozen cookie dough. Get ready to have warm, fresh cookies at your fingertips whenever the craving hits!

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How to Freeze Homemade Cookie Dough

Did you know that by simply freezing your cookie dough, you can have delicious, homemade cookies anytime you want? Most enjoy baking at home, but many struggle with the time and effort it takes.

Freezing cookie dough is a game changer for any cookie lover. Not only does it save time and effort, but it also ensures you always have delicious cookies on hand.

In this article, we’ll give you the best freezing techniques and tips for success. So get ready to elevate your cookie game and satisfy your sweet tooth with this ultimate guide to freezing cookie dough.


3 Basic Types of Cookies for Freezing

  1. Chunky Cookies
  2. Slice-and-Bake Cookies
  3. Cut-Out Cookies

Chunky Cookies – like Chocolate Chip or Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!

  • These freeze best if you portion out the dough ahead of time by scooping out the dough just as if you were about to bake them, but you freeze them instead.
  • Place cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and let them freeze up to 30 minutes.
  • You can make the drop or cookie-scoop cookies and once they are frozen,  place the dough balls into a freezer zip-lock bag and back to the freezer until you’re ready to bake. Then grab 1 or 6 or 12 when you need to satisfy your cookie fix, like the cookie monster you are!  (We have quite a few right here in the house!) Bake the dough balls frozen or thawed out, if you prefer! 

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Slice-and-Bake Cookies – Like Shortbread or Sandies!

  • These cookies get pressed and molded into logs, wrapped in wax paper, and put into the freezer. After they are taken out of the freezer, they can be crumbly, so let them warm for a few minutes before slicing and baking.
  • If you can plan ahead, letting the logs thaw in the fridge for a few hours works really well.  Slice and bake!  You can also slice them ahead of time and just place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake frozen!  

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Cut-out Cookies – Like Sugar or Holiday Cookies You Can Decorate!

  • These cut-out cookies can be frozen, by placing them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and let them freeze up to 30 minutes.
  • Once frozen, put them in a freezer zip-lock bag and place back in the freezer. When ready to bake, just place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake frozen!  

Make Your Own Cookie Doughs and Freeze!

By making and freezing your own cookie doughs at home, you can save money, time and convenience by planning ahead.  Freeze your own cookie dough yourself for a quick treat, for upcoming parties and of course, Christmas.  

Make doughs one day or weeks in advance, freeze them and then take another day for the best part: baking, decorating and eating! 🙂

Did You Know Most Cookie Dough Freezes Safely for up to 6 months?  

Most frozen cookies will need an extra minute or two in the oven. Otherwise, prepping and baking the cookies is exactly the same as in the recipe , except they go straight to the freezer until ready to use.

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Frozen cookie dough is so easy, convenient, especially when you can have those hot little cookies in your paws in no time, right?  I know it definitely makes my husband and family happy to have a sweet treat quickly to satisfy their cookie monster addictions!

Prep ahead and get ahead of the game for a bake sale, upcoming holiday treats, when company stops by, gift for a sick friend or your kids away at college. 

There are a million reasons why you can prep ahead, and learn how to freeze cookie dough, because eating cookies always makes the world a happier place.  You’ll love these Easter Egg Sugar Cookies for a fun holiday cookie recipe! For More Cookie Tips go to How – To! Baking Perfect Cookie Tips!

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