How to Make Frozen Cookie Dough

Follow these How to Make Frozen Cookie Dough steps for freezing dough to always have cookies in your freezer! Learn the BEST tips for freezing cookie dough! Baking frozen cookie dough tips provided as well. Have fresh cookies in a matter of minutes!

Several frozen cookie dough balls on a baking sheet with the text above it reading: How to make frozen cookie dough balls.

I get all kinds of questions from my readers. Recently I received this question: can I freeze cookie dough? I love questions like this one because it’s a sign more people are into batch cooking. Something I love doing myself!

Look, sometimes it’s nice to be able to make fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies right on the spot. The trick is to have the dough pre-made and ready for baking. So that’s why today I’m sharing my tips for How to Make Frozen Cookie Dough.

I love the taste of a freshly-baked cookie. Seriously. I love making an entire batch of cookie dough, but only baking about half of that batch and then freezing the rest to make it super easy to have fresh-baked cookies at a moment’s notice.

Life is better with cookies.

You can quote me on that. 🙂

Actually, what I really like is the idea that friends, family, or neighbors could stop by and at a moment’s notice I could have some cookies baking. Just call me Martha.

There have been a couple of times in my life where knowing how to make frozen cookie dough balls was really important. When Adee was in elementary school it seemed like she was always asking if friends could come over to play for the afternoon or to spend the night. Either way, it was fun to be able to through some cookies in the oven and surprise her and her friends with a tray of home-baked cookies.

Also, when we were selling our house, I liked to throw a batch of cookies in the oven without making a mess prior to a viewing. Oftentimes I would sit the cookies out and encourage folks to have a cookie. It felt welcoming. And the smell of freshly baked cookies in the kitchen was a nice touch.

Our house sold in 10 days. I credit the chocolate chip cookies. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Can you freeze cookie dough?

You can freeze cookie dough, but there are a couple of tips to get it just right for the type of cookie dough you’re working with. For example, you wouldn’t want to freeze an entire batch of cookie dough in one big lump! Rolling it into balls or into a cookie dough log can help you when it comes time to bake it!

Besides, there are some freezable cookie dough recipes and some that do not freeze as well.

Several cookie dough balls in rows on a baking sheet.

How to Make Frozen Cookie Dough

So, first things first, how to freeze cookie dough! The thing is, making your own frozen cookie dough is really easy. The next time you make a batch of cookies, like Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies, Vegan Snickerdoodles, Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies or even Chocolate Dipped Snickerdoodles, just do this:

  • Follow the recipe instructions to make the dough
  • Roll the cookie dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet that will fit in your freezer (you can cover this with waxed paper for ease of removal of the frozen cookie dough balls)
  • Once the rest of the dough has been turned into dough balls and placed on the cookie sheet, place that tray in your freezer for 30 minutes or more.
  • Transfer frozen cookie dough balls to a freezer bag. Be sure to label them with the type of cookies and the date added to the freezer to help you remember the next time you pull them out. I maybe had one or two experiences pulling something out of the freezer and wondering exactly what was inside. Otherwise, you’ll really have surprise cookies!

How long can you freeze cookie dough?

Once the cookie dough is frozen, it will keep in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 2 months. You can possibly extend the time a little longer, but you risk the possibility of getting a certain freezer flavor in your cookies if it goes much longer.

Can you freeze chocolate chip cookie dough?

You can easily freeze chocolate chip cookie dough. I recommend using a cookie dough dispenser to make uniformly-sized cookie dough balls, then place the balls on a baking tray and place the tray in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag and use a marker to indicate the type of cookies and date frozen.

How to Bake Frozen Cookie Dough

Freezing cookie dough is one thing. Once it’s frozen, you’ll also want to know how to bake cookie dough too! That’s because cooking frozen cookie dough is different than regular, chilled or room temperature cookie dough. Follow these frozen cookie dough baking instructions to get it just right.

Basically, there are two ways to go about baking frozen cookies dough balls.

Frozen Method: Baking Cookies from Frozen Dough

  1. Place the frozen cookie dough balls on a baking sheet (adequately spaced for baking purposes) and allow the dough to thaw while you preheat the oven.
  2. Bake the cookie dough according to the recipe instructions, adding 1 – 2 minutes bake time. Knowing how long to bake frozen cookie dough makes all the difference.

Thaw Method

  1. Place the cookie dough balls in the fridge the night before you want to bake them and allow them to thaw completely.
  2. Bake them according to the recipe instructions.

Alternatively, you could bake the cookies, let them cool completely and freeze them. Frozen cookies will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months!

Some Cookies Don’t Freeze As Well

I’ve had success freezing all kinds of cookie dough balls, but some cookie doughs don’t freeze as well.

In fact, there are basically two kinds of cookies that don’t take well to the freezer: 1) cookies with a runny batter (like florentines) and 2) cookies that are kind of “cakey” (like madeleines).

Can you eat raw cookie dough?

A lot of people are concerned about eating raw cookie dough, especially if it contains raw eggs. The good news is vegan cookie dough is made egg free so therefore no worries! Who amongst us hasn’t enjoyed a little frozen chocolate chip cookie dough batter! It’s almost as good as the baked cookie!

Extra Tips for Freezing Cookie Dough Balls

Even something as seemingly simple as learning how to make frozen cookie dough balls has a little bit of a learning curve. Here are some extra tips based on my experience:

  • If you’re making “drop” cookies, follow the instructions above to make the cookie dough balls, freeze them, and then transfer to a freezer bag.
  • If you’re making “rolled” cookies, form the dough into a ball and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Place this in a freezer bag, label and date it, and then place in the freezer. When you’re ready to bake, simply remove the dough from the freezer and allow to sit at room temperature to thaw out before rolling and baking following the recipe’s instructions.
  • If you’re making “slice-and-bake” cookies, form the batter into a log(s) and wrap with plastic wrap. Place the log in a freezer bag, label and date it, and place in the freezer. When you’re ready to cook them, be sure to let them sit on the counter for a few minutes to defrost. Then you can slice the cookies and bake following the recipe’s instructions.
  • If you’re making “dipped” cookies (like cookies dipped in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar before baking), follow the instructions above to freeze the dough balls prior to being dipped. Be sure to label and date your freezer bag. Then when you’re ready to bake them, place the dough balls on the counter at room temperature to thaw. When you’re ready to bake, roll the dough balls in the prescribed ingredients and bake following the recipe’s instructions.
Several frozen cookie dough balls are in a freezer bag.

There you have it! My favorite tips on how to make frozen cookie dough balls. It’s fun to have several different recipes on hand so you can choose which cookies to make on a whim!


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