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!
PLACE cookie dough rounds about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. BAKE 10 to 14 minutes or until light golden brown. COOL 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet. Tip: If baking frozen dough, add 2 minutes to the bake time.
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.
To use: Defrost the unrolled cookie dough in the refrigerator overnight. You can then roll out the dough, cut out the cookies, and bake them according to the recipe’s specifications. If you’ve already cut out and frozen the cookies, simply pop them in the oven.
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. Just make sure to label each package of frozen dough with cookie type and date frozen.
Pillsbury cookie dough, and others like it, are different in that they are meant to sit in the fridge for a little longer than your other frozen raw cookie doughs. You can safely get about two weeks of fridge life out of this type of dough, even after the “best by” date.
Cookies are done when they are firmly set and lightly browned. When you touch them lightly with your finger, almost no imprint will remain.