There are numerous reasons you’d want to freeze homemade cookies or homemade cookie dough. The holiday season is coming, and you might want to do some preparations in advance. Perhaps you just made more cookie dough than you need at the moment and want to save leftovers for later? Or maybe you’d like to have a stash of treats in case of unexpected guests?
The good news is that you can freeze both – baked cookies and cookie dough, but the right question is, for how long? How long can baked cookies or cookie dough stay in the freezer before they go bad? Is a lifetime of homemade and store-bought cookie dough the same when they’re frozen? Also – is there some unique technique for keeping them frozen?
Keep reading to find out the answers.
You can freeze most cookie doughs for about 3 months. If you decide to freeze homemade cookie dough, don’t forget to put a label with the freezing date to know how much time you have left to use them.
- Form cookie dough into small balls.
- Aline the balls on a tray covered with parchment paper and put them into the freezer for an hour or two.
- When cookie dough balls become solid, put them in a plastic zip-lock bag or an air-tight container. Don’t forget to label the bag.
If you cut out cookie dough, shape it into flat disks, wrap it in plastic foil, and freeze.
Also, You can form cookie dough into a log, so it’s prepared for cutting and baking when it defrosts. Use plastic wrap and double (or triple) wrap the cookie dough so it doesn’t absorb odors from your freezer.
Use the same method if you want to freeze the entire ball of the dough.
To defrost frozen homemade cookie dough, take it out of the freezer 24 hours before baking.
Please leave them in the refrigerator overnight and bake them the next day. This thawing method is suitable for cookie dough drops, logs, or entire balls of cookie dough.
You can also defrost homemade cookie dough in the microwave. Put the cookie dough on a plastic plate, cover it with plastic foil that you can microwave, and microwave it for 10 seconds on defrost setting.
Frozen baked cookies have a shorter lifetime than frozen cookie dough. They will keep their taste and texture if stored for 3 to 4 weeks in the freezer.
Aline baked cookies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. After baking, leave your cookies at least for an hour to cool down completely. Please put them in the freezer for an hour or two to freeze completely. After cookies are frozen, please place them in a zip-lock plastic bag or an airtight container.
If you’re freezing decorated cookies, the procedure is a bit different – you should wrap each cookie individually. You can use wax paper or plastic wrap to enwrap them so the decoration stays untouched. Put wrapped cookies into a bag, label them, and keep them for 3 or 4 weeks.
Defrosting frozen baked cookies is a piece of cake.
Leave cookies to sit at room temperature for a few hours until they become soft again. Unwrap them and put them on a plate or plastic tray. You can also put them in a microwave for 20 seconds to defrost faster.
Tip: You should never defrost decorated baked cookies in a microwave. Microwaving them could ruin their decoration. Leave them to defrost at room temperature.