There’s no need to thaw frozen drop cookie dough in order to bake your cookies — in fact, we don’t recommend it. Start by preheating the oven slightly lower than the temperature called for in your recipe — about 15 degrees F lower.
To bake: What’s great about frozen cookie dough balls is they can be baked directly from the freezer. While the oven preheats, take out as many cookies as you’d like to make and place them on a parchment paper- or Silpat-lined baking sheet a few inches apart, or as far apart as the recipe instructs.
If you’re craving a quick batch of fresh-baked cookies, keeping stashes of frozen cookie dough in the freezer is a great time-saver. Even better, many types of cookie dough can be baked from frozen with only slight adjustments to the instructions for baking them fresh.
Using a cookie scoop, scoop the cookies out onto a lined cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes. Store frozen cookie dough pucks in an airtight container. When you are ready to bake the frozen dough pucks, preheat your oven to 375°. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
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.
In most cases, I prefer to freeze cookie dough over freezing baked cookies. That way, you still get the nice homemade smell and softness of the cookies when they come out of the oven. But if you want to get the whole job done, you can certainly bake the cookies, then freeze them later.
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.
Chilling cookie dough before baking solidifies the fat in the cookies. As the cookies bake, the fat in the chilled cookie dough takes longer to melt than room-temperature fat. And the longer the fat remains solid, the less cookies spread.
Generally, it’s okay to bake these types of cookies directly from the freezer, but they will not turn out exactly like those that are baked fresh. The taste will remain, but the cookies will not spread as large. If you want the spread to be the same, we recommend thawing the dough for 24 hours in the fridge.
How do you use frozen dough?
To use a frozen loaf of dough, remove it from the freezer the night before you want to bake it. Keep the loaf wrapped in the plastic and let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Place the thawed dough in a greased bread pan, cover, and let it rise on the counter.
Freezing cookie dough is easy. … Place the solid and cold cookie dough balls into a labeled zipped-top bag– large or small depending on how much dough you have. Label the bag with the month and the baking temperature and place the bag in the freezer. Freeze cookie dough for up to 3 months.
Yes you can freeze and refreeze cookie dough. Much the same as baked cookies, your dough can be frozen, thawed, and frozen again. It is important to tightly wrap your dough and place it in a freezer safe, airtight container when freezing it or freezer burn or lost texture and flavor can occur.
Put a frozen cookie ball into the microwave for 30 seconds it emerges an ACTUAL cookie, micro-baked to perfectly soft and gooey with even a little crispiness around the edge. It doesn’t even matter what kind of cookie dough it is! Any type of frozen cookie dough, popped into the microwave makes a real cookie.