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How to Freeze Cookie Dough

Learn the absolute best way to freeze cookie dough so that it stays fresh and delicious. With this easy kitchen tip, you can quickly make fresh baked cookies straight from the freezer!

cookie dough balls on baking sheet

Freezing cookie dough is one of my absolute favorite kitchen tips. Whenever I make a batch of cookies, I always freeze the leftover dough to keep in a stash in my freezer. I pretty much always have a variety of frozen cookie dough on hand. :)

With these easy tips, I’m going to show you how to freeze cookie dough so that it stays fresh and delicious. The beauty of this method is that you freeze the dough in individual servings so that you can pull as many (or as little) out of the freezer to bake. It’s the perfect remedy to curb your sweet tooth without making a whole batch of cookies.

It works great with chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, my famous M&M cookies or really any variety of drop cookie that you can scoop and bake. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later for having extras to reach for whenever you need them!

cookie dough balls in a bag

After you’ve prepared the dough according to the recipe instructions, you can then freeze it by using these simple steps:

  • Roll dough into balls or use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto a baking sheet.
  • Place the pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes to an hour, or until the dough has hardened. The goal is to flash freeze the dough so that it doesn’t stick when storing.
  • Remove from the freezer and add the cookie dough balls to a freezer bag or container.
  • Store in the freezer until ready to bake.

TIP: The freezer instructions will be a bit different for cut out or slice-and-bake cookies like sugar cookies or shortbread. Instead of freezing the dough in individual servings, simply shape the dough into a disc or log. Then wrap tightly with plastic wrap and freeze.

How Long Can You Freeze It?

Most varieties of frozen cookie dough will stay fresh in the freezer for about 2 to 3 months. It helps to seal out as much air as possible to eliminate any freezer burn. Don’t forget to write the date that you made the dough on the bag so that you know how long it will stay fresh!

  1. Preheat the oven according to the recipe instructions.
  2. Place the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and let sit at room temperature while the oven preheats.
  3. Bake as directed, adding 1 to 2 minutes to the original baking time if needed.

Makes a Great Gift!

Frozen cookie dough also makes an easy and delicious holiday gift idea for neighbors, family and friends. Simply scoop the dough into a 8×8″ foil pan and cover with a lid. Then add a festive ribbon or bow, along with the recipe instructions.

cookie dough christmas gift idea

Favorite Dough to Freeze:

cookie dough balls in a zip top bag

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

Learn the absolute best way to freeze cookie dough so that it stays fresh and delicious. With this easy kitchen tip, you can quickly make fresh baked cookies straight from the freezer!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Freeze: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Cookie dough scoop
  • Freezer bag or container

Ingredients 

  • Cookie dough

Instructions

  • Prepare the cookie dough according to recipe instructions.
    m&m's inside of bowl
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto the baking sheet. You may also roll the dough into balls with your hands. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the cookie dough balls have hardened, about 30 minutes to an hour.
    cookie dough balls on baking sheet
  • Remove from freezer and transfer the dough into a freezer bag or container. Store in the freezer until ready to bake, about 2 to 3 months.
    cookie dough balls in zip top bag

Notes

Baking from frozen: Preheat the oven according to recipe instructions. Let the frozen cookie dough sit on the lined baking sheet as the oven preheats. Then bake as directed, adding 1-2 minutes to the original baking time if needed.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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