Cut-out cookies (like sugar cookies) freeze particularly well in airtight containers for up to 1 month. Defrost to room temperature before decorating or serving. If you’re enjoying something like chocolate chip cookies, you can also defrost and refresh in a 300°F oven for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until warmed through.
To bake slice-and-bake cookie dough, cut cookie dough into slices while frozen for best results in keeping a round edge. Place on cookie sheet 1- to 2-inches apart and let stand five minutes, then bake.
(Yep, more planning ahead!) If you’ve frozen drop cookie dough balls or pre-cut cutout cookies, simply place them on the baking sheet and let them stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or so before baking as the recipe instructs.
When baking frozen cookie dough, you do not have to thaw the cookie dough. Simply place the frozen, pre-scooped cookie dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 2-3 minutes longer than the original recipe recommends. That’s it!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place frozen cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 12-13 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool completely.
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.
Defrosting frozen cookies is super easy. Just remove them from their plastic wrappings and place them on a plate on the kitchen counter. It may take several hours for the cookies to become soft. To speed things up, you can microwave each cookie for about 30 seconds on full power.
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.
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.
“When your dough is refrigerated, the butter hardens. … 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.