How to Freeze Cookies and Dough
Use these helpful tips for storing and freezing cookies and dough to make your holiday-baking schedule as stress-free as possible.
Frequently Asked Cookie Freezing Questions
How long can I freeze cookie dough?
Cookie dough can be frozen up to three months if stored correctly. Make sure you label each package of frozen dough with cookie type and date frozen.
How should I thaw frozen cookie dough?
Disks: For cookie-dough disks, unwrap one and place on a lightly floured surface to start rolling out. Let stand 30 minutes to soften. Put remaining batches of dough in refrigerator until ready to use.
Cutout Cookie Dough: For raw cookie cutouts, immediately transfer frozen shapes to baking sheet. Let stand 15 minutes to thaw. Then bake as the recipe directs.
Drop Cookie Dough: For raw drop cookies, immediately transfer frozen balls to a baking sheet. Let stand 15 minutes to thaw. Then bake as the recipe directs.
Slice-and-Bake Rolls: Cut into cookie slices while frozen for best results in keeping a round edge. Place on cookie sheet 1-to 2-inches apart and let stand five minutes, then bake.
How long should I thaw frozen cookies before decorating?
Wait until the cookies are completely thawed (meaning they have reached room temperature). Otherwise, the difference in temperature between the cold cookie frosting may cause condensation and prevent the icing from staying on the cookie.
How long can I freeze baked cookies?
Cookies can be frozen up to two months.
Can I freeze decorated cookies?
Get a head start on your holiday baking with these easy, freezer-friendly favorites: