I always make a double batch of cookie dough when I bake cookies. It saves time in the long run and I only have to dirty one set of cookware once. Our family will eat some of the cookies immediately (cookies are delicious fresh from the oven!), save some for later in an air-tight container, and then freeze the rest. I have frozen baked cookies before without compromising the taste, but sometimes those little cookies get broken in the freezer.
An added benefit of freezing cookie dough balls is that you can bake however many cookies you want at a time and not have to bake and eat two dozen cookies at once. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing.
When we made the NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies earlier this summer, we made a double batch and froze about 2/3 of the cookie dough into individual dough balls. Since then, we’ve been able to take just 4 or 6 cookie dough balls out at a time and bake them in the toaster oven. Pretty handy when the craving for a cookie strikes.
- Cookie dough
- Cookie sheets or baking pan
- Parchment paper
- Cookie scoop
- Line a cookie sheet or two with parchment paper.
- Using a cookie scoop, place rounded scoops of cookie dough onto the cookie sheet, being sure to leave space between the cookie dough balls so that they do not stick together in the freezer.
- Place the filled cookie sheet(s) in the freezer on a flat surface. You do not need to cover the cookie sheets since they will not be in the freezer for too long.
- Leave the cookie sheet(s) in the freezer until the dough balls are hard, at least an hour.
- Once the cookie dough balls are thoroughly frozen, remove the cookie sheet(s) from the freezer and transfer the cookie dough balls into a gallon-sized freezer ziploc bag. Remove as much air from the bag as possible before sealing it.
- Place the freezer bag full of cookie dough back in the freezer.
- It helps to label the freezer bag with the contents (ie NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough) and baking instructions (ie sprinkle with sea salt before baking, bake at 350 degrees F for 18 minutes). That way you won't have to hunt for the recipe when it comes time to bake the cookies.
For more information, here is a great resource on how to freeze cookie dough.