Freezer Week

10 Freezer-Friendly Cookie Doughs to Prep Now and Treat Yourself to Later

updated Aug 12, 2020
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There are few things that a freshly baked cookie can’t fix. Whether studded with chocolate chips or full of warm spices, cookies are the tastiest of cures for even the most stressful days. When you need a cookie stat, the best place to look isn’t your pantry — it’s your freezer. Fill your freezer with ready-to-bake cookie dough and you’re minutes away from a warm, freshly-baked batch. Or, bake them off one at a time for that fresh-from-the-oven experience every single night. Here are 10 of our favorite freezer-friendly cookie doughs to prepare now and bake later.

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

You freezer isn’t fully stocked until you have (at least) one batch of cookie dough on hand. There are three categories of cookie dough that each require a different freezing method: chunky cookies, slice-and-bake, and cut-out cookies.

For chunky cookies, like chocolate chip, scoop the dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets (it’s okay to place the dough balls close together). Freeze the dough, then transfer the frozen balls to a freezer zip-top bag. Slice-and-bake cookies, like shortbread or pinwheel cookies, need to be formed into a log before freezing. Wrap the log in parchment, wax paper, or plastic wrap and freeze. To prepare and freeze sugar cookie dough in advance of the holidays, form the dough into disks, like pie dough, and wrap in plastic wrap.

Regardless of the type of cookie, the frozen cookie dough can be baked from frozen. Simply add an extra minute or two to the baking time.

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How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies
These classic cookies are studded with chocolate chips and have a rich caramel flavor that deepens when refrigerated or frozen. No freezer should ever be without a batch of these cookies.
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How To Make Oatmeal Cookies
Bake chewy, spiced cookies studded with old-fashioned oats and plump raisins any time when you stash a batch in the freezer. The key to big oat flavor is toasting the oats until they're golden-brown and giving off a warm, nutty aroma.
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Soft & Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
These soft and chewy gingerbread drop cookies are sweetened with molasses and get their spice from ginger and black pepper.
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Super Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies
Cinnamon sugar-dusted snickerdoodles stay soft and chewy for days after baking. Freeze in logs then slice and roll into rounds before coating them in sweet spices.
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Tahini Cookies
These chewy cookies get their nutty flavor from tahini and sparkle from coarse sugar. Scoop the dough into balls, flatten with a fork, then freeze for easy baking whenever a chewy cookie craving hits.
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How To Make Shortbread Cookies
These five-ingredient cookies are as elegant as they are buttery. Since keeping the butter cold is essential for the perfect sandy texture, these cookies are ideal for freezing.
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Chocolate Chip and Toffee Shortbread Cookies
This crumbly, buttery shortbread is studded with chocolate and toffee and dunked in melted chocolate. Freeze the dough in logs for short-notice shortbread baking.
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Black Sesame-Espresso Pinwheel Shortbread Cookies
This is an easy slice-and-bake shortbread cookie flavored with black sesame. Freeze a batch of dough, then bake for an unexpected addition to brunch, thanks to the nutty and slightly savory flavor of black sesame seeds.
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Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies
This two-toned swirled cookie is made from the same batch of minty dough. Freeze the dough in a log, then slice and bake whenever the mood strikes.
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The Best Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
The best cut-out sugar cookies you can make! This delicious dough is flavored with hints of lemon, almond, and vanilla. It is easy to make and freeze in advance, so you can spend your time cutting out pretty shapes and decorating with ease.
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