On those days when you need a homemade treat ASAP, put away the stand mixer and sticks of butter. Instead, reach for cookies from your freezer. Yes, you heard me right. You can actually freeze cookies—and they taste just as good weeks later as they did the day they came out of the oven. Here’s how to do it.
How to Freeze Cookies
Step 1: Make Sure Your Cookies are Suitable for Freezing
Theoretically, you can put any type of cookies in the freezer, but some varieties hold up better than others. Avoid any overly delicate treats (like these meringue hearts) or any decorated cookies as the frosting will lose its fluffy texture.
The best cookies to freeze are sturdy and simple—think drop cookies (like these chocolate chip beauties), cutouts (you can decorate them after they thaw!) or cookie bars (like these snickerdoodle blondies).
Step 2: Freeze in a Single Layer
To freeze cookies, start by baking them. Then, once they’ve cooled, arrange cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet. Pop the sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes or until the cookies are frozen solid.
Grab dinner from the freezer, too! Here are our favorite freezer meals.
Step 3: Place in Desired Container
Then, layer frozen cookies in airtight containers, with a piece of parchment paper separating each layer. This will help prevent the cookies from sticking to one another.
Repeat until all of the cookies are packed, then freeze containers for up to three months. Thaw (or pop in the microwave for a few seconds—we won’t tell) before serving.
Can You Freeze Cookie Dough?
If you’re still craving a fresh-from-the-oven cookie, freezing cookie dough works, too. Just whip up your favorite dough—again, hefty recipes work best—and freeze. You can either freeze the entire quantity of dough or individual portions.
For the entire batch: Wrap the finished dough in parchment paper, flatten into a circle shape and place in a freezer bag. Thaw dough overnight in the fridge before shaping into cookies and baking.
For individual cookies: Scoop dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Place the sheet in the freezer for 30-45 minutes or until the dough balls are frozen. Place frozen balls in a freezer-safe bag or container. To bake, thaw overnight in the fridge. Or, bake from frozen—just increase the recipe’s cook time by 3-4 minutes. (Psst! Skip the oven altogether with these edible cookie doughs!)