For someone who loves to bake, there might be instances when you have few excess ingredients. In this case, you might have found yourself with some leftover cookie dough. Luckily, there is a way for all that to not go to waste.
Almost anything can be preserved as long as you have a refrigerator. However, this leads us to the question; can you freeze cookie dough?
The answer is yes, cookie dough can be frozen. Whether you’re just craving a cookie or trying to find another treat to give as a gift rather than the usual home-baked brownies, freezing a cookie dough is your best bet at a quick and easy snack.
Some Reminders Before Freezing Cookie Dough
Before you get started, do stock up on some parchment paper, freezer bags, baking sheets, and wax paper. All these will be used to wrap your dough.
A little reminder before freezing your dough: keep in mind that there are ones you can’t freeze. Stay away from cookie doughs that have a liquidy batter.
This is because they don’t hold up well when you’re freezing them. Other than that, almost all types of cookie doughs can be frozen and eaten as a dessert.
Also, keep in mind how long you can freeze each cookie dough. You can use a marker to write on the freezer bag when you made it and the type of dough you used.
Generally, cookie doughs can be kept frozen for up to three months. So if you’re preparing for a bake sale or Christmas treats you can give out, three months is good enough for you to stock up on your cookie dough.
Some of the best cookie doughs you can freeze are chocolate chips, shortbread cookie dough, and peanut butter cookie dough.
How To Freeze Your Cookie Dough?
Before you get started, know that there are different ways you can make your frozen cookie dough. Prepare them as instructed on the recipe you’re following before jumping to these steps.
- When it comes to dropping cookies, shape them into balls the way you would whenever you prepare them for baking. Use a parchment-lined sheet and freeze for an hour or until you think it’s solid enough.
- For cut-out cookies, shape them into a flat disk. When you’re contented with the thickness of your cookie dough, wrap them in wax paper or plastic twice before freezing them for up to 3 months.
- For chunky cookie doughs, you can portion them close together but make sure they’re not touching each other. Let it freeze on top of a baking sheet for at least 6 hours. Some even let it sit overnight.
When they’re solid enough, put them in a freezer bag and push out as much air as you can before putting them inside the freezer. They can be stored for 3 months.
- Lastly, slice-and-bake cookies are to be shaped into logs. After shaping them, wrap each log in wax paper, making sure to tuck the ends properly.
Put them inside a plastic freezer bag, making sure to once again push out as much air as you can before you can freeze them for 3 months.
How To Use Up Extra/Leftover Cookie Dough?
Cookie dough is a delicious treat that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. But what do you do when you have extra cookie dough? Here are five delicious ways to use up your leftover cookie dough:
1. Make cookie bars – This is a great way to use up any extra cookie dough you have on hand. Just spread it into a baking dish and bake according to your recipe. Once it’s baked, you can slice it into bars and enjoy.
2. Make ice cream sandwiches – This is a great way to use up any extra cookie dough you have on hand. Just scoop some out and place it between two pieces of wax paper. Freeze for several hours, then remove and enjoy.
3. Eat it raw – This is a great way to enjoy cookie dough without having to bake it. Just scoop some out and enjoy it as is.
4. Make cookie bites – This is a great way to use up any extra cookie dough you have on hand. Just scoop it into small balls and freeze for several hours. Once they’re frozen, you can pop them in your mouth and enjoy.
5. Use it as a topping – This is a great way to use up any extra cookie dough you have on hand. Just crumble it up and sprinkle it over ice cream, pudding, or fruit for a delicious and unique topping.
So there you have it – five delicious ways to use up your leftover cookie dough. Next time you find yourself with extra dough, try one of these recipes and enjoy!
Frozen Cookie Dough Recipes
Now that you know how to make frozen cookie dough, you can now incorporate it into different recipes. Oreos stuffed with chocolate chip cookie dough is one recipe you can try. Oreo plus chocolate cookie dough dipped in melted chocolate is a sure way to make any tummy happy.
Cookie dough truffles can also be a cute gift for someone in love with both cookies and chocolates. The ingredients used in this recipe are also vegan-friendly and easy to make.
Lastly, you can just make simple cookie dough bites you can snack on if you don’t want to do anything fancy with your frozen cookie dough.
Yes, you can freeze cookie dough! Freezing cookie dough is great for busy bakers. It will last in the freezer for up to 3 months without changing its texture or flavor. You can store it in an airtight container or a ziplock bag. Divide your dough into individual portions or balls before you freeze them. This will help you quickly bake them at a later time. Make sure you wrap the dough in a tight seal before putting it in the freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. Label your ziplock bag with today’s date or the expiration date. You can bake your dough straight from the freezer without thawing first.
Let me know how it goes if you decide to try freezing cookie dough.