Here’s a confession before I get on to the process of freezing cookie dough - before joining Bakestarters, I’ve never actually frozen cookie dough before because I’ve always baked the complete batch. But when you have to test FIVE cookie dough recipes for a baking kit in a single day, you start to realise that no matter how much you enjoy baking cookies, sometimes you have to stop there and get them in the oven on another day.
Freezing cookie dough is awesome. When we do our recipe testing, we generally have plenty of leftover dough, so we usually freeze it so we can bake it in future and give them away to our friends! It means you don't have to finish an entire batch of cookies, and it also means that you have freshly baked cookies on hand when you want to. It’s basically perfect for those impromptu Netflix nights with friends.
That means ten minutes for fresh cookies. It’s a good idea, yes?
Freezing Cookie Dough – Instructions
- Follow your cookie recipe as you usually would, until the step where you're required to bake them.
- If you haven't rolled the cookie dough into balls, do so now.
- Refrigerate the cookie dough balls on a tray/plate (making sure they don't touch), for about an hour. You may do this in a freezer as well. This is to ensure that they don’t stick together and form one huge ball when you place them all in a ziplock bag later.
- After an hour, you may place the dough balls in an airtight container or zipped bag, and store them in the freezer.
- We usually label our dough stash with the following information:
- Starting date of storage
- Name of cookie
- Baking time required
- When you're ready to bake the cookies, you don't have to defrost or thaw them. However, you do need to bake them in your preheated oven for a bit longer. It could be from a minute to even 5 minutes longer, so be sure to watch your first batch so you know how long to bake it.
You may store cookie dough in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Craving cookies? Check out our cookie baking kits that come with pre-portioned quality ingredients, a recipe, tutorial video, and even parchment paper! Each kit makes 20-25 cookies.