Whether you're trying to get a head start on holiday baking, or you find yourself with extra cookie dough or a bunch of baked cookies, the freezer just might prove the ideal spot to stash them. Here are three clear signs your cookie recipe is freezer-friendly.
1. The recipes uses plenty of fat.
In general, cookie recipes — like shortbread, sugar cookies, drop cookies, and icebox cookies — that include a lot of butter make for a dough that freezes, and eventually bakes up, quite well. Recipes that cut back on the fat or are made with oil don't hold up as well in the freezer.
2. The dough needs to be scooped, rolled, or shaped.
If the recipe calls for the dough to be scooped into balls, rolled out, or shaped into a log, it's a good candidate for the freezer. This is another indicator that the dough is thick and contains plenty of fat. If you're working with a liquidy batter, these cookies don't hold up quite as well in the freezer.
3. It gets baked as a bar.
Bar cookies take wonderfully to being stored in the freezer once they're already baked. They can be stashed in the freezer whole or cut into large slabs; they stay good for up to two months.