Stashes of cookie dough in the freezer are my secret weapon for easy entertaining or for when I need to satisfy a craving. It’s so convenient to be able to pull out a few balls of cookie dough at a time to bake on demand.
I discovered the hard way that freezing an entire bowl of cookie dough doesn’t exactly work. So how do I do it?
How to Freeze Cookie Dough
- Prepare your cookie dough according to the recipe instructions.
- Portion cookie dough into balls.
- Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or wax paper, making sure that they aren’t touching.
- Place sheet pan in the freezer for 30-60 minutes.
- Remove cookie dough balls from the sheet pan and place in a zipped bag or plastic container.
- Store in the freezer for up to one month.
- When ready to bake, let cookie dough balls thaw a little while you preheat the oven.
- Bake as directed in the original recipe, adding 1-3 minutes of baking time.
Note: Freezing cookie dough balls individually before sticking them in a bag or plastic container prevents them from sticking together, which makes it easy to pick out just a few balls at a time as you like. If a whole sheet pan doesn’t fit in your freezer, try a smaller pan or dish. Freeze in batches if necessary.