Whether that be chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal, peanut butter, double chocolate… or anything in between. … If you’re making cut-out cookies, such as sugar cookies where you roll out the dough and cut it into shapes with a cookie cutter, those cookies are best frozen after baking.
There’s no need to defrost most cookies before baking. As long as you formed your cookies before putting them in the freezer, you could place them on a parchment-lined pan and bake as you would thawed dough.
Chilling cookie dough before baking solidifies the fat in the cookies. As the cookies bake, the fat in the chilled cookie dough takes longer to melt than room-temperature fat. And the longer the fat remains solid, the less cookies spread.
With the sugar cookies—which are made by rolling the dough into a log, then slicing it into rounds—we found that freezing already-baked cookies left them dry and crumbly when thawed. We had far better results when we froze raw slices of the log, then baked those direct from the freezer.
Most recipes recommend chilling cookie dough for several hours in the refrigerator, but the good news is that you can use your freezer in a pinch. … The taste and texture won’t be harmed at all, and in fact, most doughs, from pie crust to cookies of all kinds, freeze quite well.
Here’s how you can improve premade cookie dough or dough from a mix.
- Add spice to your dough. …
- Punch up the flavor of your cookies by adding extracts. …
- Before baking, roll the dough in a garnish of your choice. …
- Stir nuts right into the dough for an added crunch. …
- Add in your favorite savory snacks, like chips or pretzels.
Scoop out the dough just as if you were about to bake it, but then freeze it instead. Once frozen, the little balls of dough get sealed up inside a plastic freezer bag — when you need a cookie fix, just grab as many as you want to bake. … When ready to bake, thaw until pliable and continue with the recipe.
To bake: What’s great about frozen cookie dough balls is they can be baked directly from the freezer. While the oven preheats, take out as many cookies as you’d like to make and place them on a parchment paper- or Silpat-lined baking sheet a few inches apart, or as far apart as the recipe instructs.
Place the cookie dough in the freezer for one-quarter of the recommended refrigerator time. … For example, if you want to make some sugar cookie cutouts that need at least an hour of chill time in the fridge, you could freeze the cookie dough for 15 minutes instead.
Freezing cookie dough is easy. … Place the solid and cold cookie dough balls into a labeled zipped-top bag– large or small depending on how much dough you have. Label the bag with the month and the baking temperature and place the bag in the freezer. Freeze cookie dough for up to 3 months.
The frozen dough can be defrosted by following the steps below:
- Use a microwave safe plate and spray with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- Place the frozen cookie dough on the plate.
- Cover with microwavable plastic wrap.
- Microwave for 10 seconds on the defrost or 30% power setting.
- Check the defrosted dough.
Most cookie doughs freeze well for up to 3 months. Remember to write the date, type of cookie, and baking instructions on the outside of the package. Drop Cookies: Shape the cookie dough into balls as you would when preparing to bake them. Place them on a silicone- or parchment-lined sheet.
The most important thing to remember when thawing your cookie dough, whether shortbread-style or drop cookies, is to place it in the fridge. Do not thaw at room temperature, as this will encourage bacteria growth from the eggs in the cookie dough.