My best cookie dough tricks:
- Double up your favorite cookie dough when you’re making dessert for dinner, or just making them for a snack.
- Drop tablespoons of the extra dough that you don’t bake right away onto a foil or parchment paper lined rimmed cookie sheet.
- Place the cookie sheet into the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to flash freeze the dough.
- Once the dough has frozen, remove it and place into freezer bags.
- Make sure to label the bag so you don’t forget which goodies you added to that bag!
When you have a hectic afternoon later in the week, but you still want to serve a yummy, warm, ooey and gooey treat straight out of the oven, you’ll be able to do just that with the dough that you’ve got waiting in the freezer.
Simply pull out however many cookies you’ll need that afternoon, pop them onto a cookie sheet and bake the cookies 1-2 minutes longer than the original recipe called for since the dough is frozen. Let cool slightly and serve to the hungry little people in your life.
Originally posted on SCJohnson.com.
What about you?! How do you freeze cookie dough?!
Jocelyn Stott says
I have never frozen cookie dough, but it is something that I keep meaning to do. I am off to read your suggestions!!!
I roll it into a tube shape, lay out plastic wrap, put it on top, roll up the first side, then the second making sure it’s extremely tight (it gets longer as I squeeze it tighter), undo it enough to put the ends in, and finish rolling. Wow, that was a long explaination…. basically I roll it up in a tube and cut when frozen.
I left comment love on the other site, but it said it would take a few days to post. Just a heads up… 🙂
Kitty Dulgar says
I sometimes flash freeze it in balls on the cookie sheets and then put the balls in freezer bags. I also just freeze it as is, and just pull it out and break off a chunk and make cookies from that big chunk. Whenever I have a cooking day with a friend/friends we swap freezer bags of cookie dough too!
Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom says
Cool…thanks Allie! I’m still learning the ropes of their site too…I imagine it will be up soon!
Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom says
Love that idea Kitty…sharing frozen dough with friends!
Erin, I just love your work and use your cookbook constantly. Congrats for posting on SCJohnson’s site…that’s awesome! Kudos to all your success and hard work!
Christina @ Northern Cheapskate says
Great tips, Erin! I just have a hard time with the delayed gratification of freezing the dough!
Congrats on the SCJohnson opportunity. I was an SC Johnson blogger earlier this year and it was a lot of fun!
Wow why have I never thought about freezing my own cookie dough?? I am totally doing this the next time I bake a batch of cookies!
I also really like your suggestion for adding healthy ground stuff, I’ll have to try that too. I’m sure we’d never know the difference.
I have never thought of freezing cookie dough… man that would save me a TON of $$$ cuz DH just LOVES his cookies, only I don’t like to slave in the kitchen all weekend long! HMMMMM… maybe if he gets me a kitchen aid mixer, I will make cookie dough and then he can bake. 🙂
thanks for the GREAT idea!
The thing that saves me most time on frozen cookie dough is labeling – when I wrap the dough in wax paper, I write on it before-hand on the outside what temp & how long to cook them. This way, the kids & DH can make up a batch without getting recipes & cook times confused. 🙂
WARNING! I thought this was a great idea last year when “I came up with it all my own :)”. Hot homemade cookies any time, I can even bake only 3-4 in the toaster oven for dinner.
What they don’t tell you is that cookie dough tastes just as good right out of the freezer every time you walk by it. No need to drag out the toaster oven.
You have been warned.
Alison P says
I have the same fear but my extra freezer is in the basement so I will have to find a secret compartment to hide it in. I was thinking about it the next time I make cookies. I figure that I will test a few different kinds of cookies to see what works from the freezer. It might be nice to make some for my son so that I don’t make a whole batch and eat the rest while he is napping 🙂
Our problem with freezing cookie dough is that we don’t eat cookies often, so when we do we tend to… erm, pig out. There generally aren’t many leftovers. =P
I make lots of different kinds of cookie doughs on the same day and freeze all the balls. Then you only get out the supplies and mixer once. Then you can also pull a variety of types of cookies at the same time.
This is a fabulous idea, isn’t it?? I have done it for Christmas gifts~my dad loves cookies, and the man has everything, so one year I made a variety of different doughs, froze balls on cookie sheets, then sealed them up in 6 and 12 pks in vacuum sealed bags, and slapped instructional labels on them. Best gift for him, ever. And every time he made some, I’d get a call praising the cookies!