So, [insert child in your life] comes over and casually mentions there’s a giant bake sale that she signed up for… and it’s tomorrow. The savior: frozen cookie dough.
Yep, you heard that right: you can actually freeze cookie dough! “But Kelsey,” you say, “won’t that affect how it bakes?” I’m here to give you the real answer: nope! (Just another reason why cookies are the best.)
Wondering what the best way to freeze, then thaw, then devour your cookies is? We gotchu.
TIPS FOR FREEZING COOKIE DOUGH
1. Drop Cookies: For your classic chocolate chip, packing it away is easy. Measure out the size of the dough balls, place them in an airtight freezer bag (no air is key!), then stick ‘em in your freezer for up to three months. When you’re getting close to needing them, pull them out of the freezer and let them thaw out in your fridge.
If you need to bake them right-freakin’-now, you can place the dough balls on baking paper and keep them in the oven for a few minutes longer than the recipe suggests. No need to have that just-pulled-these-out-after-three-months taste to your cookies.
2. Slice-and-Bake Cookies: Slice-and-bake cookies have a different texture than your typical oatmeal-raisin, so you have to freeze them differently, too. Work your dough into logs, then wrap them tight in wax paper or plastic wrap.
This kind of cookie dough has a texture that might fall apart easily when you first slice, so let it thaw for a bit before you cut. Even better: thaw them in the fridge for a few hours.
3. Cut-Out Cookies: These are the easiest to freeze—just roll the dough out flat, place it in the freezer, and pull it out in three months. Let it thaw in the fridge when you’re ready to bake, cut out your shapes, and bake them as you normally would.
4. Doughp Can Be Frozen, Too! Remember, you can bake Doughp’s safe-to-eat cookie dough for some sweet deliciousness—and you can freeze it to make it last longer. Lasting up to one year in the freezer, it can be thawed to room temperature and fluffed up in a mixer for the ideal baking texture.
Next time your niece or kid comes to you with a last-minute request, you’ll be the hero in their story.