Q. I have a cookie recipe that makes several dozen cookies. I can’t eat that many at once. Can you freeze cookie dough?
A. Yes. Cookie dough freezes extremely well, and doesn’t necessarily need to be thawed to use. The simplest way to freeze cookie dough is to roll prepared dough into a log, then wrap completely in plastic wrap. Double wrapping is recommended to stop freezer burn and to avoid the absorption of odors into the dough. Label the type of cookie dough and date frozen on the plastic wrap with a permanent marker for easy identification. When ready to use, simply remove from freezer, unwrap, and slice perfectly round cookies from the frozen dough. Bake according to recipe instructions, allowing a few extra minutes of baking time if cooking from frozen. This works great for flat, round cookies like sugar cookies or gingersnaps.
For drop cookies such as chocolate chip or peanut butter, freeze dough in pre-shaped balls. Prepare dough and place formed balls of raw dough on a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet in the freezer until balls are firm and won’t stick together. Place frozen cookie dough balls in freezer bags in a single layer. Close freezer bag until just a small space remains open. Remove excess air from freezer bags by placing a straw into the almost sealed bag and sucking out the remaining air. Seal bag completely, label with a permanent marker, and store flat in the freezer to maximize space. When ready to bake, remove bag from freezer. Dough can be thawed in the refrigerator or cookies can be baked from frozen. Place place cookies on cookie sheet and bake according to recipe instructions, allowing a few extra minutes of baking time if cooking from frozen.
Frozen cookie dough is best if used within 4-6 weeks of freezing, but can safely be frozen for up to three months without sacrificing quality. Dough can be thawed in the refrigerator before use, or used from frozen. Allow for an extra few minutes of baking time if using directly from frozen. Bake previously frozen dough within 24 hours of thawing for best results.
To freeze cookies after baking, allow to cool completely. Consider wrapping each cookie individually before placing in freezer bags or hard containers to keep as fresh as possible. Frozen cookies will keep for several months in an airtight container. Thaw frozen cookies in the refrigerator or on the counter and eat within 3 days of thawing.