Remove however many balls of dough you need from the freezer and place on a parchment-lined baking pan. Bake the cookies for 2 to 5 minutes longer than the original recipe instructions, or until the cookies are golden at the edges but still slightly ‘wet’ looking at the very center.
When baking frozen cookie dough, you do not have to thaw the cookie dough. Simply place the frozen, pre-scooped cookie dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 2-3 minutes longer than the original recipe recommends. That’s it!
There’s no need to thaw frozen drop cookie dough in order to bake your cookies — in fact, we don’t recommend it. Start by preheating the oven slightly lower than the temperature called for in your recipe — about 15 degrees F lower.
(Yep, more planning ahead!) If you’ve frozen drop cookie dough balls or pre-cut cutout cookies, simply place them on the baking sheet and let them stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or so before baking as the recipe instructs.
Generally, it’s okay to bake these types of cookies directly from the freezer, but they will not turn out exactly like those that are baked fresh. The taste will remain, but the cookies will not spread as large. If you want the spread to be the same, we recommend thawing the dough for 24 hours in the fridge.
Place a baking sheet on the middle rack of oven preheated to 350 degrees F. Bake until cookies are golden brown around edges, still pale tips and soft in center, about 8-10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. … Make sure that the cookies are spaced apart to allow for spreading while baking. Place a few extra chocolate chips right on top of each cookie.
PLACE cookie dough rounds about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. BAKE 10 to 14 minutes or until light golden brown. COOL 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet.
To use: Defrost the unrolled cookie dough in the refrigerator overnight. You can then roll out the dough, cut out the cookies, and bake them according to the recipe’s specifications. If you’ve already cut out and frozen the cookies, simply pop them in the oven.
Open up the oven, pull out the rack a bit, and push the sides of the cookie very lightly with a spatula or your finger. If the edge stays firm and doesn’t fall inwards, then your cookies are done. If you leave a noticeable indention, then your cookies likely need a few minutes more in the oven.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place frozen cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 12-13 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool completely.
Baked cookies will keep in the freezer for up to 3 or 4 weeks. After baking, allow cookies to cool completely. Place them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet to freeze them, then store them in a freezer-safe zip-top storage bag labeled with the name and date.
In most cases, I prefer to freeze cookie dough over freezing baked cookies. That way, you still get the nice homemade smell and softness of the cookies when they come out of the oven. But if you want to get the whole job done, you can certainly bake the cookies, then freeze them later.
Cookie temperatures fluctuate, with some recipes as low as 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and a few as high as 425 degrees Fahrenheit, but most recipes land on 375 or 350 to evenly bake the entirety of the cookie.
The frozen dough can be defrosted by following the steps below:
- Use a microwave safe plate and spray with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- Place the frozen cookie dough on the plate.
- Cover with microwavable plastic wrap.
- Microwave for 10 seconds on the defrost or 30% power setting.
- Check the defrosted dough.
Freezing Cookie Cake or Cookie Bar Dough
You can freeze cookie cake cookie dough. If making a funfetti cookie cake, chocolate chip cookie cake, chocolate chip cookie bars, or even a skillet chocolate chip cookie— you can freeze the prepared cookie dough.