How to freeze cookies

There is nothing quite as satisfying as eating freshly baked cookies. The aroma, the texture and the taste, all incredible fresh from the oven.

But what if you’ve baked too many cookies, or are hoping to bake dozens ahead of time so you can have treats on hand whenever you have a craving?

Once baked, most cookies freeze very well. This can be especially so if you’re trying to make cookies for Christmas, a bake sale, or a big party. From classic chocolate chip and snickerdoodle to cut-out sugar cookies, here’s how cookies are frozen to enjoy later.

What types of cookies can be frozen?

Heartier cookies will freeze better than soft, delicate cookies. Chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, and snickerdoodles are sturdy enough to freeze and keep on hand.

Cut-out cookies, including sugar cookies and gingerbread, can also be frozen, along with bars and thumbprints. It’s best to avoid freezing softer cookies, such as meringues, cupcakes, and cookies with frosting.

How to freeze drop cookies

Before preparing your cookies for the freezer, it is important that they are completely cool. Once cool, flash freeze the cookies by first placing them on a baking sheet and placing them in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.

Once the cookies are frozen, package them in a resealable plastic bag or airtight storage container. It helps to place a piece of parchment or wax paper between each layer to prevent the cookies from sticking together.

Before you put the cookies in the freezer, label them with the type of cookie and the date.

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How to freeze cutout cookies

Cut-out cookies freeze best without icing or decorations. Frosting can lose its texture and flavor in the freezer faster than cookies, so it’s best to leave it that way. Frosting can be added once the frozen cookies have thawed.

To freeze cutout cookies, let them cool completely. Layer cooled cookies in an airtight storage container with pieces of parchment paper or wax paper in between. Label the container with the date and note the type of cookie.

How long do frozen cookies last?

The key to freezing cookies properly and ensuring they last is to avoid air. The air in the freezer will cause the flavor and texture of the cookies to break down faster. Properly stored in an airtight container or bag, cookies can last in the freezer for up to six months.

How to thaw frozen cookies

Once you feel a craving, or need a plate of cookies for company, what’s the best way to defrost them? Remove the cookies from the freezer and place them on a plate. Leave them at room temperature to thaw, about 20 minutes.

To speed up the process, or warm up your cookies, you can put them in the microwave for a few seconds. They can also be reheated in the oven at 325°F for about 5 minutes.

Frequently asked questions

More pressing cookie questions below:

Can no-bake cookies be frozen?

No Bake Cookies are a quick and satisfying treat that can be whipped up in minutes. But what if you need to make several dozen ahead of time? Most no-bake cookies can be frozen. Once they’re formed and set, flash freeze them on a baking sheet until firm. Cover the cookies with parchment paper in an airtight container before putting them in the freezer.

Can you freeze cookie dough?

While freezing fully baked cookies allows you to have them ready at a moment’s notice, cookie dough also freezes very well. Cookie dough can be formed into balls, discs, or logs before placing in the freezer. No matter the shape, cookie dough should be wrapped in plastic wrap or stored in an airtight bag or container.

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