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 Balls.
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.
Tips for How to Make Frozen Cookie Dough Balls
The thing is, making your own frozen cookie dough balls is really easy. The next time you make a batch of cookies, like Orange Infused Chocolate Chip Cookies or Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies or even Chocolate Dipped Snickerdoodles, just do this:
- Follow the recipe instructions to make the dough
- Bake a tray or two of the cookies (or however many you’d like)
- Roll the rest of 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.
- Place the frozen cookie dough balls in 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!
Then when you’re ready to bake your cookies, simply remove the dough balls from the freezer and allow them to thaw on the counter, heat your oven, and then place the dough balls on a cookie sheet and bake according to the recipe instructions.
Some Cookies Don’t Freeze Too Well
I’ve had success freezing all kinds of cookie dough balls, but some don’t freeze too 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).
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 (like these Chocolate Chip Oatmeal 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 (like these Chocolate Goldfish 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 (like these Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox 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, for example these Hot Cocoa Snickerdoodles), roll the cookie dough balls out and 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.
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!