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How to Freeze Cookie Dough

Ever think about how to freeze cookie dough? Whether it is for drop cookies, slice-and-bake-cookies, and cut-out cookies, we’ve got you covered! Here are some of the best ways for freezing and storing cookie dough.

The best ways for freezing and storing your cookie dough. Tips on how to freeze cookie dough for drop cookies, slice-and-bake-cookies, and cut-out cookies. | sophisticatedgourmet.com

Unless you absolutely want to bake a few dozen cookies in a day (like I did when writing Hand Made Baking), you’ll want to save the leftover dough. The best way to do so is to freeze your dough – and here’s the post showing how to freeze cookie dough!

Having enough freezer space is necessary to complete this task, so a quick rearranging of things will ensure you are able to freeze your prepare cookie dough with ease.

Why is this a good idea? Freezing cookie dough 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 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 for last-minute tea or coffee.

Freeze your 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!

The best ways for freezing and storing your cookie dough. Tips on how to freeze cookie dough for drop cookies, slice-and-bake-cookies, and cut-out cookies. | sophisticatedgourmet.com

What You’re Going to Need:

  • Prepared cookie dough
  • Cookie scoop (optional) – I like to use this, but a couple of spoons or measuring spoons works well too.
  • Large resealable freezer-safe plastic bags- If you haven’t freezer safe bags, double your resealable-bags up. Ensure all the air is out, though!
  • Parchment paper or plastic wrap

First portion the 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 dough to freezer-safe resealable bags (get out all the air to prevent freezer burn) marked with the kind of dough, and the date. Bake the frozen dough, as is, adding on a couple minutes as necessary to the baking time.

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 dough and the date. Defrost each disk in the refrigerator before you’re ready to roll, cut, and bake as per your recipe instructions.

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 dough, and the date. Frozen dough logs are easier to slice if defrosted at room temperature for a few minutes before baking.

Make sure to get all the air out of the freezer bags you store the dough in– this will prevent freezer burn.

When using frozen 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).

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How to Freeze Cookie Dough

The best ways for freezing and storing your cookie dough. Tips on how to freeze cookie dough for drop cookies, slice-and-bake-cookies, and cut-out cookies. | sophisticatedgourmet.com

Unless you absolutely want to bake a few dozen cookies in a day, you’ll want to save the leftover dough. The best way to do so is to freeze your cookie dough.

Ensure that you have enough freezer space available in order to complete this task with ease.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • Prepared cookie dough
  • Cookie scoop (optional)
  • Large resealable freezer-safe plastic bags
  • Parchment paper or plastic wrap

Instructions

How to Freeze Drop Cookie Dough

  1. Portion the 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. Prepare the dough, and portion it into two disks (or as per the recipe instructions). 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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

  1. 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. 
  2. Place each log in large freezer-safe resealable bags marked with the kind of dough, and the date.
  3. Frozen dough logs are easier to slice if defrosted at room temperature for a few minutes before baking.

Notes

  • Make sure to ensure all of the air is removed out of the freezer bags you use for the cookie dough– this will prevent freezer burn.
  • When using cookie dough straight out of the freezer, you’ll likely need to add a couple of minutes to your usual baking times. Depending on the recipe, slice-and-bake cookies can be an exception to this.

2 Comments

  • Nadia
    April 29, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Love these tips Kam! Can you tell me where I can get a scooper like yours?

    Reply
    • Kamran Siddiqi
      April 30, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Nadia! I got the scooper in the picture from a clearance rack at Kmart several years ago, but I’ve a rather large cookie scoop collection. The one in the photo is from the Martha Stewart Collection (not sure if it’s still made), but OXO Good Grips make some good ones. This is one I’d go for. They’ve two other sizes, as well!

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