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Freezing Homemade Cookie Dough

Baking cookies for the holidays is a tradition for many families. Make the experience even easier by preparing ahead and freezing cookie dough and baked cookies in advance for family gatherings and festivities. Learn more in our tips below for freezing individual cookies, a log of cookie dough or baked cookies.

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Option 1 – Freezing Homemade Cookie Dough (individual cookies)

Prepare dough ahead of time. Scoop balls of dough onto a cookie sheet and freeze them right there on the sheet. Once frozen, place balls in a Slider Freezer Bag. Then just pull out the bag once you’re ready to bake. Cookies often need 1–2 extra minutes in the oven.

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Option 2 – Freezing Homemade Cookie Dough (log)

If you’re pre-preparing cut-out cookie dough (e.g., gingerbread, sugar), here’s the best way to freeze it so you can wait until everyone’s together to roll out, cut out and decorate.

Roll the dough into a log. Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Then place the log in a Slider Freezer Bag. When you’re ready to bake, set the dough out and let it thaw. Don’t let it warm too much. The dough is easiest to work with while it’s still cool.

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Option 3 – Freezing Cookies (baked)

Wait until cookies have cooled. Then in a plastic food storage container, alternate layers of cookies and waxed paper.

Note: Frosting and icing do not freeze well. If you’re making traditional sugar cookies ahead of time and freezing them, wait to decorate them. 

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