Unless you absolutely want to bake a few dozen cookies in a day, you’ll want to save the leftover cookie dough. The best way to do so is to utilize your freezer and freeze you cookie dough.
Why is this a good idea? For one, if you freeze cookie dough, it prevents waste. It’s also convenient for those moments you’ve a late-night craving for cookies and don’t want to mix together fresh cookie dough, or bake off a batch of 3 dozen cookies.
Having frozen cookie dough on hand is also great for when when you’ve guests coming over at the last minute for tea or coffee. Freeze your cookie dough ahead, and everyone will think you’re some kind of baking superhero. Most cookie dough freezes safely for up to 6 months, but let’s be honest– it’ll be finished before then!
How to freeze drop cookie dough:
First portion the cookie dough out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, and place the sheet in the freezer for about 30 minutes, or until the dough rounds are firm. Transfer the portioned-out dough to freezer-safe resealable bags (get out all the air to prevent freezer burn) marked with the kind of cookie dough, and the date. Bake the frozen cookie dough, as is, adding on a couple minutes (as necessary) to the baking time.
How to Freeze Cookie Dough for cut-out cookies:
Prepare the dough, and portion it into two disks (or as per the recipe instructions). Wrap the disks in plastic wrap (cling film), and place each disk in freezer-safe resealable bags marked with the kind of cookie dough and the date. Defrost each disk in the refrigerator before you’re ready to roll, cut, and bake as per your recipe instructions.
How to freeze cookie dough for slice-and-bake cookies:
Prepare the dough and roll into two 9-inch/23-cm logs (or as per the recipe instructions) on parchment paper or plastic wrap, twisting the ends shut. Place each log in large freezer-safe resealable bags marked with the kind of cookie dough, and the date. Frozen cookie dough logs are easier to slice if defrosted at room temperature for a few minutes before baking.
A couple things to keep in mind:
• Make sure to get all the air out of the freezer bags you use to freeze your dough in; this will prevent freezer burn.
• When using frozen cookie dough, you’ll likely need to add a couple of minutes to your usual baking times (slice-and-bake cookies can be an exception to this, depending on the recipe).