There’s something truly comforting about a plate of cookies, fresh out of the oven but who has time to bake? For busy folks, baking is a luxury that they simply cannot afford to do thanks to their packed schedules. But if you have kids or you want to keep instant treats to yourself, you can always make cookie dough for freezing. When done right, frozen cookie dough can last up to 6 months or more in the freezer!

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How to Freeze Cookie Dough?

Freezing cookie dough is a straightforward process especially if you made it from scratch. Below is the guide on how to freeze cookie dough the right way:

Prepping the Dough

Start by making cookie according to the recipe. Once the dough is ready for freezing, line a baking sheet with wax paper and grab a small piece of dough and place it on the sheet. Because you’re not baking, you can crowd the cookie dough portions as closely as you like. Then, stick the baking sheet in the freezer for 3 hours or more.

Packing the Cookie Dough for Freezing

Once frozen solid, you can start packing the dough in freezer-safe plastic baggies or a rigid plastic container. Just make sure you take out as much air as you could. Drop cookies are the best type of cookie dough to freeze. Finally, mark each bag with the date, recipe name and baking time before sticking them in the freezer.

How to Defrost Frozen Cookie Dough?

When you’re ready to bake yourself (or the kids!) a delish batch of cookies, transfer a baggie of cookie dough from the freezer to the fridge. Leave the cookie dough to defrost overnight in the fridge or take them out and leave them at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.

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Once softened, you can take out each portion and shape it according to the recipe, place them in a waxed baking sheet and stick them in the pre-heated oven to bake.

Summary

Freezing cookie dough is the best way to have a steady supply of baked treats without the hassle. Of course, do note that the freezing temps can affect the texture of the cookies once baked. The colder the cookie dough, the denser the cookie will be! Now that you know how to freeze cookie dough properly, you can make a large batch and save them for later use.