Whether it’s chocolate chip, lemon or simple vanilla cookies, there aren’t many people who can deny the fact that freshly baked cookies are heavenly.
But what happens if you’ve got carried away? Can you freeze cookies successfully or should it be avoided?
Cookies can be frozen for up to 4 months. You can either freeze baked cookies in freezer bags after flash freezing or you can freeze cookie dough.
Can You Refreeze Cookies? No
Do Cookies Freeze Well? Sometimes
How to Freeze Cookies
If you want to freeze cookies correctly and safely, then follow the simple instructions below:
- Flash Freeze
Take your cooled cookies and place them in a single layer, not touching one another, on a lined baking tray. Then place this in the freezer, trying to keep it as level as possible.
- Remove from Tray
After 3 to 4 hours, your cookies should be frozen hard. Remove the tray from the freezer and carefully remove each cookie from the tray.
- Bag Up and Freeze
Place your cookies into a freezer bag and return them to the freezer.
Doing it this way will ensure the cookies don’t freeze together, so you can remove as many or as few as you need at any one time.
How to Freeze Cookie Dough
If you want to freeze cookie dough so you can freshly bake cookies in a few months without making the cookie dough mix, then this is where we have further good news for you. It’s easy to freeze cookie dough.
If you’re making drop cookies (where you’d roll the dough into a ball, then bake), then roll them into balls as you normally would, place them on a lined baking tray and freeze solid.
Once frozen, remove them from the tray, place them into a freezer bag, and pop it back into the freezer.
If you normally roll your dough into a log, then slice it into rings to bake, then you can roll it into your normal log shape but then double wrap it in a combination of greaseproof paper and cling film.
This is to stop both freezer burn and odours from your freezer getting to your dough.
3 Tips for Freezing Cookies
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing cookies to have the best results:
Try Freezing Dough
One of the best parts of baking cookies is the smell wafting through your house. If you want to have that experience, then try freezing the dough. You can then grab as much as you need, bake and enjoy.
Consider Cookie Contents
You need to think about what ingredients you have used in your cookies and whether or not they are iced to determine if they will freeze well. Iced cookies may not freeze as well, nor will cookies that contain large lumps of ingredients.
Reheat to Bring Back the Goo
Having gooey, sticky chocolate cookies is all part of the baking process. If you want to bring back the gooiness, try reheating in an oven for a few minutes after thawing.
How Long Can You Freeze Cookies?
Baked cookies frozen whole will last in the freezer for approximately 1 month. After this time, both their texture and flavour can degrade. The good news is that cookie dough will last much longer in the freezer, roughly 3 to 4 months.
As always, make sure you label all your frozen products, so you know when they need to be used.
You Can Freeze Cookies for up to 4 Months
How Do You Defrost Cookies?
If you want to defrost an already baked cookie, then remove it from the freezer and allow it to defrost at room temperature for an hour or two. If you want it warm, you can throw it straight into a warmed oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
If you’re particularly impatient, then you can even do so in the microwave for 10 to 15-second intervals.
When it comes to cookie dough, a little more planning is required. First, take the dough out and place it in the fridge until defrosted. This can take several hours so if you plan on baking in the evening, then get it out in the morning.
Can You Refreeze Cookies?
You can, but you need to consider whether it’s worth doing so. When you refreeze thawed cookies, they will become drier when you defrost them for a second time which can make them taste almost stale – as if you’ve left them on the side for a little too long.
You need to ask yourself, is it worth it?
Instead, we’d strongly recommend that you only thaw enough cookies at a time.
Do Cookies Freeze Well?
Nothing beats a gooey, warm chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven. There is simply no denying that.
However, frozen cookies can still taste delicious, and if you freeze cookie dough, then you’ll still get to experience straight-from-the-oven gooey cookies.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing cookies or cookies in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Gingerbread Cookies?
If you have flavoured your cookies with spices, powders (such as cocoa) or flavourings such as in gingerbread cookies, then you can actually freeze them in the same way as we have outlined above.
Fortunately, with things like ground ginger, you won’t be playing with the texture much, and it will freeze well still.
Can You Freeze Cookies with Royal Icing?
Although it’s possible to do, we would err on the side of caution here. There is a chance that the texture of the icing will change drastically when frozen. Instead, try to freeze naked cookies and add the icing after thawing as royal icing does not freeze well.
Can You Freeze Premade Cookie Dough?
Most premade cookie doughs bought from the supermarket can be frozen at home. However, always check the packaging for the particular cookie dough you have bought. They’ll nearly always let you know if it is freezable or not.
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