How To Freeze Cookie Dough

How to freeze cookie dough — either in individual dough balls, larger dough disks, or in cut-out dough shapes. Plus tips for which types of dough do/don’t freeze well and how to bake frozen cookie dough.

How To Freeze Cookie Dough

For all of you fellow cookie bakers out there, I thought I would pop in with a quick tutorial today on how to freeze cookie dough.  Because in my opinion, frozen cookie dough is pretty much the best.  ♡  Why?

  • It’s easy to make.  It hardly takes any extra time to double the ingredients in your favorite cookie recipe and make a double batch!  Then you can freeze the extras for later and keep the cookie goodness going and going.
  • It’s great for small-batch baking.  With individually frozen cookie dough balls, it’s easy to bake just a few cookies (versus a dozen) at a time.  It’s super helpful for portion control, and also works especially well when you are just serving one or a few people at a time.
  • It’s super-convenient.  Especially when you are in the midst of a busy season (hello, holidays!), or have unexpected visitors stop by, or are hosting a dinner party and don’t want to leave the table long to fuss with dessert, it’s always so helpful to have pre-made cookie dough ready and waiting in your freezer.
  • It makes for a great gift.  Oh my word, people love receiving homemade frozen cookie dough as a gift.  I regularly bring a small bag over to friends’ houses as a hostess gift or as my contribution to a girls night, which is always very happily and eagerly received.  Or frozen cookie dough can also be a really lovely gift to bring to friends who have just had a baby, or who are home sick, or who just may be going through any kind of hard stretch.  It’s a simple gift that always seems to bring a smile to people’s faces, especially when they get to bake up a batch of warm cookies from the comfort of their own home whenever they would like.

There are so many good reasons to freeze cookie dough.  So whether you are freezing individual dough balls (like for chocolate chip cookies or molasses cookies), large dough discs (like for roll-out sugar cookies), or cut-out dough shapes (like for gingerbread cookies), here are a few of my best tips for how to freeze cookie dough properly.  Plus everything you need to know about what types of cookie dough do/don’t freeze well, the one scooping tool I highly recommend, and how to bake frozen cookie dough.