How to Freeze Cookie Dough

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Homebaked cookies can come together faster than you can chase an elf up a tree, especially if you keep a stash of baked and unbaked cookies in the freezer.

chocolate chip cookies on tray with milk carafe and glasses

I love cookies. They are easily portable — and their portions are easily controlled. Well, if you can stop eating them. When I have a stash of cookies in the freezer, I feel like a very rich woman. It’s easy to make your kids happy or to sneak a chocolate fix when you really, really need one.

And sometimes ya just really, really need one.

Mixing up cookie dough really doesn’t take much time. As a teenager it seems like my sisters and I were always baking cookies. But times have changed. And I just don’t do it as often as I once did.

The reality is that it’s a quick process. If you have a stand mixer, the process goes super quick. Use a quick-release cookie scoop, and dishing them out happens in a flash. And stashing cookies and cookie dough in the freezer will make for many happy people at your house.

Cookie balls to Freeze on a lined tray

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

There are three methods to freezing cookies that work super well and will save you time when you want to satisfy that cookie craving.

1. Freeze the dough.

Just mix up a batch or two of cookie dough and freeze it in a freezer-safe container. It thaws fairly quickly, at least to scoopability, on the countertop or in the fridge. Save your money from those school fundraisers that charge $20 a tub and make your own!

2. Freeze cookie balls.

Once you mix the dough, scoop out round tablespoonfuls onto a lined tray and place it in the freezer. Once the balls of dough are firm, toss them in a ziploc bag and store it in the freezer. When you want freshly baked cookies, just pull out as many as you need.

I’ve even skipped the “quick freeze” step and just lined up 6 to 12 cookie balls on a sheet of plastic wrap. Just wrap them tightly in plastic, like a caterpillar and freeze. Take care not to smoosh them together too much. The dough balls break apart pretty easily even when frozen.

3. Bake, cool, and freeze.

Bake your cookies and cool them on a rack. Before you eat them all, store them in a freezer-safe container and put them in the freezer. For easier lunch packing, divide them into portions and package them in sandwich bags. Collect all the bags in a larger bag or container and store in the freezer.

There you have it! Three easy ways to have cookies anytime of day.

For even more Freezer Cooking how-to’s you can also buy my book,Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Sandi says

    Thanks a lot, Jessica, now I’m craving cookie dough! Not baked cookies, just the raw dough. Argh!

  2. Carla says

    I don’t usually have room for the batch of frozen dough but definitely do the dough balls and baked cookies. I especially like to do dough balls when I know I don’t have time to bake a full double or triple batch of dough. I still get the volume, just in different stages.

  3. I freeze meals and meal components a lot, but I haven’t tried cookies. I’ll have to try that on my next freezer cooking session.

  4. Sharon says

    Freezing cookie dough balls has revolutionized my cookie baking. It is my favorite is freezing method. Being able to pull a few balls out of the freezer makes cookie baking soooooo much easier. I can simply bake one tray just before they come home, and they’ve got a wonderful after school treat, with some leftover for lunch treats the next day. And we don’t have a full batch sitting around smelling scrumptious and crying my name while the kids are at school, so I don’t eat as many – which is a good thing. 🙂

    • Jessica says

      @Sharon, exactly. If I bake them all, I want to eat them.

  5. cherie says

    I also like the dough logs for some cookies – easier for chip/nut free doughs – sugar cookies here usually wind up as logs in the freezer

  6. I love freezing cookies…because then I always (and I do mean, always) have dessert on hand! For surprise company or just because, I love using my freezer for this purpose.

  7. Renee says

    Using the freezer revolutionized my Christmas cookie baking last year! I started making dough at the end of October, stashing it in the freezer (in balls or cut-out shapes), and then in December I could just make fresh cookies whenever I needed them. It worked so wonderfully – I could give just a few each of different kinds of fresh-baked cookies to my neighbors instead of trying to give away a whole bunch of them. No more marathon, all-day Christmas cookie baking sessions for me! Now I just need to get on it and start making this year’s dough!

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