Knowing how to freeze cookies is an essential skill! Whether you are hoping to make a bunch of cookies in advance or just save some of today’s batch for a rainy day, you’ll want to know what to do.
Why Freeze Cookies
When I was in college I was known for having cookies in my apartment freezer at all times (which surprises exactly no one now). But I loved having fresh cookies on hand for whenever the mood struck. Study snack? Got you covered. Impromptu party? No worries, I’ll bring the treat. Roommate got dumped? Give me 15 seconds and a microwave and i’ll have a pick-me-up ready for you. And let me tell you, this trait has only gotten more beneficial as I’ve gotten older.
These days, if I make a batch of cookies I automatically put half of the baked cookies in the freezer to limit waste or over-eating. Which is a win-win because then I have cookies ready to go when they’re needed! I have also used freezing cookies as a way to prep treats for an event in advance – saving me time without sacrificing texture or flavor.
How to Freeze Cookies
- Let your cookies cool completely.This will help prevent freezer burn on your cookies because it limits the amount of moisture in the container.
- Once the cookies are cool, place them in an airtight container or freezer ziploc bag. Make sure to eliminate as much air as possible when closing the container. If you’d like to go the extra mile, you can also wrap individual cookies in plastic wrap before putting them in your container.
- Label your container with the cookie type and date they were baked! Freezer cookies are best consumed within 3 months, so keeping track of the date helps ensure maximum freshness.
- Place cookies in the freezer!
- Thawing: When you are ready to eat your cookies, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw on the counter.
- Reheating: If you are looking for a quick treat, you can reheat frozen cookies in the microwave in about 10-20 seconds (or until the cookie warms up and softens). You can also reheat cookies in the oven by preheating the oven to 350 and baking the cookies for about 5-10 minutes.
Can I freeze cookies with frosting?
Yes, you can! However, the texture of the frosting may change slightly when frozen and thawed but in all of my experience, this hasn’t ever happened.
Can I freeze cookie dough instead of baked cookies?
Yes, you can! For more info on best practices, check out this post!