Freezing cookie dough is an easy way to be just minutes from hot, gooey, fresh-baked cookies at all times. Learn how to freeze cookie dough in this step-by-step guide!
I’m pretty sure at this point that we’ve all bought (and secretly loved) the ready-made, pre-packaged cookie dough that comes in pre-portioned sheets.
If you’re like me, you love that you can grab just one or two (or three!) portions of cookie dough, bake them up, and have a sweet treat in minutes without temptation of several dozen cookies to come after them.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you simply do not have to buy pre-portioned cookie dough. You know why? Freezing cookie dough is so easy! You can do it yourself, with pretty much any drop cookie recipe that you love.
And the best part? You know exactly what went into it! No additives, preservatives, or funky unpronounceable ingredients.
You can also add fun things like candy (think Rolos, mini Snickers, etc), or make the dough balls as big or as small as you want.
Are you ready to learn how to freeze cookie dough?
TOOLS FOR FREEZING COOKIE DOUGH
You’ll need just a few tools to freeze cookie dough. But the good news is that it is almost all exactly what you’d need to bake cookies anyway!
Of course you’ll need a batch of your favorite cookie dough. I like to use my favorite chocolate chip cookie dough, but you can use any drop cookie recipe. Give Granola Cookies, Easy Snickerdoodle Cookies, or Oreo Pudding Cookies a try!
You’ll also want to have a couple of cookie sheets or jelly roll pans lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats ready, as well as some zip-top bags.
I also like to use a cookie scoop for uniform cookie balls, though you could use a regular spoon as well.
HOW TO FREEZE COOKIE DOUGH
When your cookie dough is made, line one or two sheet pans with the parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
Use the cookie scoop to scoop out balls of the dough, placing each one on the prepared pans. If you use a spoon instead of a cookie scoop, try to make the dough balls as even in size as possible.
Unlike when you bake cookies, you can place the dough balls right next to each other on the pans. Don’t be afraid to fit as many on the tray as you can!
After all of the dough is portioned out, pop the pans into the freezer. Leave them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes or up to an hour, until the dough balls are frozen solid.
While the dough freezes, label a zip-top freezer bag with the type of dough, the baking temperature and time according to your recipe, and the date. Once the dough is solidly frozen, simply break the dough balls apart and pop them into the zip-top bag or bags.
Store the frozen cookie dough balls for up to 3 months – if they last that long!
HOW TO BAKE FROZEN COOKIE DOUGH
When you’re ready to enjoy a warm, fresh-from-the-oven cookie, simply grab as many frozen cookie dough balls as you like. Place them at least 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
You can allow the dough balls to thaw before baking or bake from frozen. If you thaw them first, you can bake them for the time specified in your original cookie recipe. If you bake from frozen, you will need to add a few more minutes, depending on how big they are.
There you have it – your own make-ahead, always-ready-when-you-want-it cookie dough! And I can promise it will be so much better than anything you can buy at the store.