How to Freeze Cookies
Freeze cookies ahead and you can have any variety you want ready and waiting at your fingertips. Everyone loves an assortment of cookies but finding the time to bake tons of varieties isn’t easy.
Most cookies and cookie dough freezes great, especially anything with a firm batter. Liquidy batters such as madeleines and tuiles don’t freeze well.
Cookies and Dough Recipes That Freeze Well:
Baked homemade brownies also freeze well.
Tips and Tricks:
How Long Can You Freeze Cookies and Cookie Dough
Long Term Storage For Freezing Cookies
Freezing Cookie DoughMake your cookie dough according to the recipe. Before baking or setting aside to chill freeze the dough.
Shape your dough like a log that can be sliced or a thick disk that can be rolled out when thawed.
Double wrap dough in plastic wrap to help prevent oxidation and odor absorption. Then wrap in freezer quality materials like a freezer bag or tin foil.
Flash Freeze Method:
Once solid place in a freezer quality plastic bag. This won’t store as long as a log or disk shape because there is more air in the bag, but it allows you to bake your cookies from frozen.
Thawing and Baking Frozen Cookie Dough
Dough frozen already shaped, using the flash freeze method, can be baked from frozen. Preheat the oven and put the frozen dough on the cookie sheet just like you would with fresh dough and bake. It can take up to 50% longer to cook frozen items but you don’t want to over bake your cookies. Add about 25% more time than the recipe calls for and keep an eye on them from there.
If you want to thaw shaped cookie dough it will thaw much faster than a log or disk because of it’s smaller mass.
Freezing CookiesFreeze cookies that are already baked only after they have completely cooled.
Cookies can be frozen in freezer bags or in rigid containers. Rigid containers help keep your cookies from getting crushed or damaged in the freezer. If you don’t have a rigid plastic container place cookies, in a freezer bag first, inside a cookie tin or heavy cardboard box to help keep them safe.
Wrap baked cookies in plastic wrap as tight as you can to keep out as much air as possible. Put layers of plastic wrap, freezer paper or waxed paper between each layer of cookies to keep them from freezing to each other.
Icing Cookies for the Freezer
Ideally, you should frost and decorate cookies after thawing so the decorations do not get chipped off or damaged in the freezer.
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