Learn how to freeze cookie dough and enjoy fresh baked cookies in a flash. Everyone will enjoy having ready to bake cookies in the freezer.
Can I freeze homemade cookie dough?
Yes, cookie dough can easily be frozen and baked later. It is simple to do and an easy way to enjoy fresh baked cookies at a moment’s notice.
Freezing baked cookies is so easy and you will be glad you did it. Did you know that you can also freeze fudge? It is so simple and tastes great.
Why Freeze Cookie Dough?
Freezing cookie dough makes it so much easier when you need a dessert or snack. You can simply take dough out of the freezer and bake. It is that easy.
Your friends and family can enjoy fresh made cookies any day of the week. The next time you need to bring a dessert somewhere, just take the dough out and bake.
This will save you so much time when you need cookies because the dough is ready to be baked.
It also make it convenient to only bake a few cookies. Just take out a few cookie dough balls and bake. There is no need to bake an entire batch if you do not need it.
How to freeze cookie dough
- Step 1 – Prepare your cookie dough. All types of cookie dough works great for freezing.
- Step 2 – Get the pan ready. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Step 3 – Roll the cookie dough into balls. I used a cookie scoop but you can roll them with your hand if you prefer.
- Step 4 – Arrange the cookies. Place the cookie dough balls on the baking sheet.
- Step 5 – Flash freeze the dough. Then place the entire baking sheet into the freezer for at least 1 hour until the cookie dough is frozen.
- Step 6 – Remove from the freezer. Then remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the cookie dough into freezer safe ziploc baggies.
How to bake frozen cookie dough
- Step 1 – Preheat the oven. Set the temperature based on the cookie dough instructions. This will vary based on the dough you froze.
- Step 2 – Put the cookies on baking sheet. Place the number of cookies that you want onto a baking sheet. You can just bake what you need and not a huge batch.
- Step 3 – Bake the cookies. Bake the cookies based on instructions for the cookie dough that you prepared. Add 2 minutes to the cook time since the dough is frozen.
Freezing cookie dough tips:
- Don’t freeze delicate dough. It will not hold up in the freezer. We do not recommend freezing macarons or anything delicate.
- Adjust baking times. The baking time of cookies will need to be adjusted once frozen. Typically adding an extra minute or two is sufficient for baking frozen dough.
- Thawing before baking is not necessary. There is no need to thaw the dough before baking. The frozen ball of dough can go from freezer to oven. They do not need to be room temperature.
- Wax paper. Freeze the cookies in a single layer. Separate the layers with wax paper. This makes it easy to grab a couple to bake and they won’t be stuck together.
- Don’t skip flash freezing the cookie dough. Use a parchment lined baking sheet and place cookie dough balls on it. Freeze for an hour or two and then place in storage container. This will prevent them from sticking to each other.
- Cookie Scoops make it uniform. It is optional but we prefer to use a cookie scoop to make the balls. Each cookie is the same size which makes it easier to bake evenly. The cookie scoop also makes it really fast to form the doughballs.
- Oven temps vary. Keep an eye on the cookies as ovens can vary.
How long can cookie dough be frozen?
Frozen cookie dough should last in a freezer for 3-6 months as long as it’s stored correctly.
Make sure to write the date frozen and type of cookie dough. This will help you be able to keep track of what is in the freezer bags.
We love to make several batches of dough for the freezer. It does not require anymore work or mess to clean up. Then you have several dozen of cookies in the freezer to enjoy later.
What kinds of cookie dough can you freeze?
- Drop Cookies. These frozen cookie dough balls freeze best. This includes: Chocolate Chip Cookies, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies and other similar types.
- Slice and Bake Cookies. This is also referred to as icebox cookies. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and freeze up to 3 months.
Allow to thaw for 1 to 2 hours before you slice. Some of our favorites include: Cinnamon Roll Cookies and Pinwheel Cookies.
Typically, cookie dough that is high in fat content will freeze well. We love freezing cooking dough and think you will as well.
Favorite Cookie dough to freeze
There are many types of dough that freeze well. We just have listed a few to try.
Start freezing cookies for a convenient treat.
Once you see how easy it is to freeze cookies, you will start doing this frequently. It is very simple and allows for freshly baked cookies any day of the week.
You will be ready at a moment’s notice for guests, movie night and more. This method makes it super easy to enjoy freshly baked cookies whenever the craving strikes.
I have been known to just take 2 or 3 out of the freezer and bake. We love having warm cookies anytime we want. They are the best and the freezer method makes it so easy.
Print the instructions for how to freeze cookie dough:
How to Freeze Cookie Dough
- Cookie Dough
- Prepare your cookie dough. All types of cookie dough works great for freezing.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll the cookie dough into balls. I used a cookie scoop but you can roll them with your hand if you prefer.
- Place the cookie dough balls on the baking sheet.
- Then place the entire baking sheet into the freezer for at least 1 hour until the cookie dough is frozen.
- Then remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the cookie dough into freezer safe ziploc baggies.
- Directions on how to Cook from Frozen:
- Preheat the oven based on the cookie dough instructions.
- Place the number of cookies that you want onto a baking sheet.
- Bake the cookies based on instructions for the cookie dough that you prepared and add 2 minutes to the cook time since the dough is frozen.