So chilling the dough before baking means fluffier cookies with better consistency. Plus, if you have a bowl of dough ready in the refrigerator, it’s much easier to scoop while chilled than at room temperature. … So not only is the cookie’s consistency going to be more even, but the actual flavor will be better, too!
Popping your dough in the fridge allows the fats to cool. As a result, the cookies will expand more slowly, holding onto their texture. If you skip the chilling step, you’re more likely to wind up with flat, sad disks instead of lovely, chewy cookies. Cookies made from chilled dough are also much more flavorful.
As a general rule of thumb, you should refrigerate cookie dough for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
How to Soften Chilled Cookie Dough
- Merrill recommends putting dough near a warm stove, and pounding it with a rolling pin once it starts to soften.
- Trena cuts the dough into smaller pieces using a pastry cutter, figuring that they will come to room temperature faster.
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. Better Homes and Gardens says that you can freeze cookie dough for one-fourth of the recommended refrigeration time with good results.
Store dough in an air tight container for 24 hours in refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a medium cookie scoop place cookie dough on an ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Cookie temperatures fluctuate, with some recipes as low as 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and a few as high as 425 degrees Fahrenheit, but most recipes land on 375 or 350 to evenly bake the entirety of the cookie.
Always store baked cookies only after they’ve cooled completely. If you store them while they’re still warm, condensation will make them soggy. … You can refrigerate or freeze most cookie dough, so you can bake a batch at a moment’s notice.