There’s no need to thaw frozen drop cookie dough in order to bake your cookies — in fact, we don’t recommend it. … Bake as usual, allowing a couple extra minutes to accommodate the colder dough and oven temperature. When the cookies are golden on the bottom and just turning color at the edges, they’re ready!
Freezing works best for cutout cookies, drop cookies and slice-and-bake cookies because the dough has a firm texture and can withstand more time in the freezer. Store it correctly and it’ll keep for up to three months.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place frozen cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 12-13 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool completely.
The most important thing to remember when thawing your cookie dough, whether shortbread-style or drop cookies, is to place it in the fridge. Do not thaw at room temperature, as this will encourage bacteria growth from the eggs in the cookie dough.
If you want to freeze baked sugar cookies, simply roll, cut and bake as you normally would. Let the cookies cool completely. Then freeze in layers, separated by parchment or waxed paper, in an airtight container (see tips on how to prepare cookies for freezing below).
Do you cut cookies before or after baking? Cut your cookie dough before baking it. Once the cookies are baked, it’ll be more difficult to get a clean cut.
Cookie dough: You can stash the cookie in your refrigerator for two to three days (cutout dough often needs to be chilled anyway). Cutout cookie dough can be kept in the freezer for up to six months.
When baking frozen cookie dough, you do not have to thaw the cookie dough. Simply place the frozen, pre-scooped cookie dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 2-3 minutes longer than the original recipe recommends.
Bake according to the original recipe’s instructions, adding 2 to 3 minutes to the baking time to allow for the cookie dough coming straight from the freezer. Originally published May 17, 2015.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Line baking sheet with parchment or silpat. Place frozen cookie dough balls on sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes.
The frozen dough can be defrosted by following the steps below:
- Use a microwave safe plate and spray with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- Place the frozen cookie dough on the plate.
- Cover with microwavable plastic wrap.
- Microwave for 10 seconds on the defrost or 30% power setting.
- Check the defrosted dough.
As little as 30 minutes in your fridge or freezer can help your cookie brown better, spread less, and develop a richer chewy texture. … The colder your dough is before it heads into the oven, the less it will spread during baking, which makes for loftier cookies.
Most recipes recommend chilling cookie dough for several hours in the refrigerator, but the good news is that you can use your freezer in a pinch. … The taste and texture won’t be harmed at all, and in fact, most doughs, from pie crust to cookies of all kinds, freeze quite well.