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How to Freeze Cookies (2 different ways!)

Learn how to freeze cookies two different ways so that you can enjoy your favorite homemade cookies whenever the cravings hit! With these two simple, step-by-step tutorials you’ll learn how to freeze cookie dough and how to freeze baked cookies for later. Perfect for the holiday season and beyond!

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins

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Our annual AK Cookie Week starts tomorrow and I am SO excited to share all of these amazing cookie recipes with you. Maybe I say this every year but these are seriously some of the best cookies I’ve ever made (besides my famous brown butter chocolate chip cookies of course). Stay tuned for some amazing new surprises, a giveaway and more!

Every year around this time I get tons of questions about how to make double & triple batches of cookies to store for later. That’s why I put together this super easy back to basics post on exactly how to freeze cookie dough and how to freeze baked cookies.

We can all agree that there’s nothing better than freshly baked cookies. Instead of baking a huge batch and watching them dry out on the counter, try freezing half or full batches so that you can enjoy perfectly baked cookies any time — even months later! I’ve included tips on baking cookies from frozen cookie dough, plus the best way to thaw and enjoy your frozen, baked cookies. Start with one of my amazing cookie recipes, and get ready for the best baking season yet!

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cookie dough in a bowl

Everything you’ll need to freeze cookies and cookie dough

First, you’ll want to start with freshly made cookie dough or baked cookies! Choose from over 50 of my best-ever cookie recipes here. Next, you’ll need a few simple tools:

Get all of my kitchen essentials here!

Is all cookie dough freezer-friendly?

Not quite! “Sturdy” dough, like your good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie dough and cut-out cookie dough is easy to freeze. If you’re making cookies with a delicate or thinner dough like a meringue or macaron, I wouldn’t recommend freezing the dough as it won’t hold up well when baking later.

For those delicate cookies feel free to use my tips & tricks for freezing baked cookies!

How to freeze cookie dough

Follow the simple steps below for freezing a fresh batch of cookie dough.

cookie dough scooped onto a plate

Step 1: scoop your cookie dough and roll it into equal-sized balls.

Tip: if you’re making cut-out cookies like my soft cut out sugar cookies you can shape the dough into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight bag.

frozen cookie dough balls on a baking sheet

Step 2: place the cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and chill the dough in the freezer for 30 minutes. This is called a flash freeze, and will prevent the cookie dough balls from sticking together when you freeze them in a container.

frozen cookie dough balls in a glass container

Step 3: once the cookie dough balls firm up, you can transfer them to a reusable freezer-safe bag or container. Cookie dough will keep well for up to 3 months.

Baking cookies from frozen dough

When ready to bake, simply bake the cookies as directed. You may just need a few extra minutes of baking time. You can also bring the dough to room temp and then bake them as directed; either option will work!

How to freeze baked cookies

Have a big batch of freshly baked cookies? Save a few for later by storing them right in your freezer!

cookies on a baking sheet

Step 1: after baking your cookies wait for them to cool completely. This will prevent them from freezing with too much moisture on them and creating freezer burn.

frozen cookies in a glass container

Step 2: transfer them to a reusable freezer-safe bag or container lined with wax or parchment paper. I like to place them in a single layer to avoid any cookies breaking. Place them in the freezer for up to 3 months!

Thaw & enjoy your cookies

Once ready to eat, simply thaw out at room temperature on a paper towel and enjoy! I would not recommend thawing them in the container that they were frozen in because they will likely get soggy as they thaw.

frosted cookie with a bite taken out

Can I freeze cookies with icing?

Yes, you can freeze cookies that have icing or frosting on them, but I’d recommend holding off on icing or frosting them before freezing for optimal freshness. You can then thaw the cookies and frost them before eating them!

How long can I freeze cookies and cookie dough?

Feel free to freeze your cookies and cookie dough for up to 2 months. Perfect for making a big batch during the holidays and enjoying for weeks to come!

chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

Delicious cookie recipes to try

Get all of my amazing cookie recipes here!

Want exclusive cookie recipes?

If you’ve been following AK for a while now you know that I’ve created tons of incredible cookie recipes over the years, especially for the holiday season. This year, we’re launching 5 brand new, exclusive cookie recipes on the Ambitious Kitchen TikTok page! If you’re not already, be sure to follow us to get all of the fun recipes.

I hope you love this guide to freezing cookies and cookie dough! If you try it be sure to leave a comment and let me know how it went.

How to Freeze Cookies (2 different ways!)

frozen cookie dough balls in a glass container
Course How to
Cuisine American
Keyword how to freeze cookie dough, how to freeze cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Learn how to freeze cookies two different ways so that you can enjoy your favorite homemade cookies whenever the cravings hit! With these two simple, step-by-step tutorials you'll learn how to freeze cookie dough and how to freeze baked cookies for later. Perfect for the holiday season and beyond!

Ingredients

  • 1 batch cookie dough OR
  • 1 batch baked cookies

Instructions

  1. For cookie dough

  2. Roll your cookie dough into balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill the dough in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. Once the cookie dough balls firm up, you can transfer them to a reusable freezer-safe bag or container. Cookie dough will keep well for up to 3 months.
  4. When ready to bake, simply bake the cookies as directed. You may just need a few extra minutes of baking time. You can also bring the dough to room temp and then bake them as directed; either option will work!
  5. For baked cookies

  6. Wait for the cookies to cool completely, then transfer them to a reusable freezer-safe bag or container lined with wax or parchment paper. I like to place them in a single layer to avoid any cookies breaking. Cookies will keep well for up to 2 months.
  7. Once ready to eat, simply thaw out at room temperature and enjoy.

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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