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Learn How to Freeze Cookies with these easy steps. Enjoy homemade cookies any day of the week with these simple tips for freezing cookie dough.

Cookie dough balls in a zip lock bag
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We love to prepare our cookie dough ahead of time in preparation of the holiday season. It is also great to have homemade cookies when you are hosting a party or want a sweet treat after dinner.

We will show you how to make cookie dough and freeze it properly so you avoid freezer burn. We love making freezer recipes to save time and money for my large family.

Not all type of cookie are freezer friendly. Only sturdy cookie dough is best for freezing. We always have chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies and oatmeal raisin cookie dough in the freezer. These batch of cookies store great and taste just like you prepared the dough.

We also love freezing gingerbread cookies and shortbread cookies especially in preparation for the holidays.

Delicate Cookies with a thinner dough such as meringue cookies do not freeze as well. They do not hold up after thawing out.

Supplies Needed

To prepare to freeze your cookie dough, you want to start with fresh cookie dough. We have many different cookies recipes to choose from.

Combining cookie dough in a bowl

Step 1 – Mix your cookie dough like you normally would.

Cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet

Step 2 – Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet. You may want to flatten them out some if you want. Make sure the cookies are not touching and place into the freezer. Allow to freeze for about an hour.

Cookie dough balls in a freezer bag

Step 3 – Then Place into a freezer bag. Make sure you label your bag with the kind of cookies and the baking instructions.

Cookie dough balls in a freezer bag

Step 4 – Flash Freezing cookie dough allows you to take out the amount you need.

When you are ready to serve, drop cookie dough on a lined baking sheet. Baking time will vary depending on the kind of cookie dough and size.

  • Step 1 – Place the amount of drop cookies you want on a cookie sheet.
  • Step 2 – Preheat oven to the amount on your directions.
  • Step 3 – Bake. That is it (in general you will need to add 2 minutes to your cooking time when they are frozen)

How to Freeze Baked Cookies:

If you have made to much cookies, then we recommend freezing the cookies to enjoy at another occasion.

  • Step 1 – Once the cookies have cooled to room temperature then they are ready to store.
  • Step 2 – Place the cookies on a baking sheet and flash freeze for about 30 minutes.
  • Step 3 – Then place the baked cookies in a freezer safe container. Layer the cookies with a parchment paper or wax paper in a single layer to prevent the cookies from breaking.

Recipe Tips

  • Zip Lock Bags – If you store the cookie dough in a zip lock bag, make sure to squeeze as much air out as possible. This helps to prevent freeze burns.
  • Freezing Cutout Cookies – If you have prepared cut out cookie dough, then place them on a baking sheet layered with parchment paper in-between the layers. Allow them to freeze for about an hour covered with plastic wrap then place in a freezer safe airtight container.
  • Cooled Completely – Before freezing the freshly baked cookie recipe, make sure they have cooled completely.
  • Slice and Bake – You can also freeze slice and bake cookies. Wrap the dough log in plastic wrap then freeze.
Baked cookies stacked on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Thaw Cookies

Cookie dough and cookies can easily be thawed at room temperature on a paper towel. Once the cookies are thawed they are ready to eat. The cookie dough can be baked frozen or thawed.

Can I Freeze Frosted Cookies?

We think it is best to frost cookies when you are ready to serve. You can freeze cookies with frosting but we think it taste better if the frosting after cookie has thawed.

How Long Does Cookie Dough Last

If the cookie dough is stored properly, it will last up to 3 months.

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We love hearing from you. If you make prepare this cookie dough, please leave us a comment or star review.

Print Recipe
5 from 9 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 82kcal


  • Cookie Dough


  • Prepare your cookie dough. All types of cookie dough works great for freezing.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Roll the cookie dough into a balls. I used a cookie scoop but you can roll them with your hand if you prefer.
  • Place the cookie dough balls on the baking sheet.
  • Then place the entire baking sheet into the freezer for at least 1 hour until the cookie dough is frozen.
  • Then remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the cookie dough into freezer safe zip lock baggies to store for up to 3 months.
  • Directions on how to Cook from Frozen:
  • Preheat the oven based on the cookie dough instructions.
  • Place the number of cookies that you want onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake the cookies based on instructions for the cookie dough that you prepared and add 2 minutes to the cook time since the dough is frozen.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Susan Dubose says:

    5 stars
    This is great! I like to freeze my chocolate chip cookie dough, but I’ve always done it in one ugly, messy lump! I will definitely be trying this method next time. Thanks!

  2. Daniel says:

    5 stars
    Making all these Eating on a Dime recipes is costing me a fortune! 🙂

  3. Carrie says:

    Great question – this post is on how to freezer cookie dough so you can easily make 2 or 12 cookies at any time. You can freezer baked cookies as well. I allow them to cool completely. Then I place them on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer for at least 1 hour and then transfer them to freezer bags after that time. Just defrost when you’re ready to enjoy them!

  4. Phyllis Sweet says:

    What about cookies you’ve already baked?