There are numerous reasons why you’d wanna freeze homemade cookies or homemade cookie dough. The holiday season is coming and you might want to do some preparations in advance. Or maybe you’d like to have a stash of treats in case of unexpected guests? Maybe you just made more cookie dough than you need at the moment and want to save leftovers for later?
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 special technique for keeping them frozen? Keep reading to find out the answers.
Most cookie doughs can be frozen for about 3 months. If you decide to freeze homemade cookie dough, don’t forget to put a label with the date of freezing, so you 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, cookie dough can be formed 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. Leave them in the refrigerator overnight and bake them the next day. This method of thawing is suitable for cookie dough drops, logs, or entire balls of cookie dough.
You can also defrost homemade cookie dough in your microwave. Put the cookie dough on a plastic plate, cover it with plastic foil that can be microwaved, 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 they’re stored for 3 to 4 weeks in the freezer.
After baking, leave your cookies at least for an hour, to completely cool down. Aline baked cookies on a baking sheet, covered with parchment paper. Put them in the freezer for an hour or two, to freeze completely. After cookies are frozen, place them in a zip-lock plastic bag or an airtight container.
If you’re freezing decorated cookies, the procedure is a bit different – each cookie should be wrapped 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 it for 3 or 4 weeks.
Defrosting frozen baked cookies is a piece of cake. Unwrap them and put them on a plate or plastic tray. Just leave them to sit at room temperature for few hours, until they become soft again. 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.