Freezing cookie dough is a fantastic idea (and a great gift idea, as well!) because it allows you to have fresh-baked cookies without a lot of fuss. Granted, it's not AS fast as freezing cookies that you've already baked, but it's still a great method!
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Tips for freezing cookie dough:
- Place dough by balls onto a cookie sheet and put the sheet into the freezer. When the balls freeze store them in freezer bags. Think about putting only ½ a dozen in a bag at a time to make a fast snack option for the kids after-school! No need to thaw before baking!
- Some cookies like Icebox, Shortbread, even Chocolate Chip are great for freezing in a roll. Wrap the roll in waxed paper and store it in the fridge. Take it out when you are ready to bake. No need to thaw the whole roll. Slice and bake (add a few minutes to the traditional baking time to counteract the freezing temperature).
- Don't try freezing cookie dough that is made with mostly egg whites (such as a meringue cookie), they won't freeze properly.
- Remove as much of the air as possible in your freezer bag for best possible cookies later on.
- Write the baking instructions on the freezer bag or packaging of your frozen cookie dough so you don't forget!
- Be sure you are using freezer bags and not just large storage bags!
Frozen cookie dough lasts for about 3 months
Tips for freezing cookies after they've been baked:
- let your cookies cool completely before freezing.
- freeze cookies inside freezer bags. Then, if possible, set the bags inside a box or basket in the freezer.
- wrap baked cookies about ½ a dozen at a time in plastic wrap or parchment paper then bundle the packages in the freezer bag.
- use waxed paper in between layers that may freeze together and make it difficult to separate.
- frosted cookies should be placed (when cool) on a cookie sheet into the freezer to freeze for a few hours BEFORE being placed in the freezer bags and into the freezer. If necessary, place a sheet of wax paper in between each one (I do this for specialty cookies only).
- Try to remove as much air as possible from the container you are freezing them in.
- Unthaw the cookies in the fridge or on the counter for a few hours.
When you freeze cookies they'll last for about 4-6 weeks with proper air-tight storage
Recipes that work well for freezing cookies: