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. … Take the dough balls straight from the freezer and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Be sure to space them however your recipe indicates to allow for some spreading.
Once they’ve been individually frozen, place the cookies in single layers in an airtight container with wax paper between each layer. When it’s time to enjoy, most cookies can be thawed uncovered in the container at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. Crispy cookies should be removed from the container to thaw.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Line baking sheet with parchment or silpat. Place frozen cookie dough balls on sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes.
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.
The most important thing to remember when thawing your cookie dough, whether shortbread-style or drop cookies, is to place it in the fridge. Do not thaw at room temperature, as this will encourage bacteria growth from the eggs in the cookie dough.
How to Soften Chilled Cookie Dough
- Merrill recommends putting dough near a warm stove, and pounding it with a rolling pin once it starts to soften.
- Trena cuts the dough into smaller pieces using a pastry cutter, figuring that they will come to room temperature faster.