- 1 Do you need to thaw frozen cookie dough before baking?
- 2 How do you thaw frozen cookie dough?
- 3 How long should frozen cookie dough thaw?
- 4 How do I quickly bring cookie dough to room temperature?
- 5 Should cookie dough be room temp before baking?
- 6 Can I freeze cookie dough to bake later?
- 7 How do I make frozen cookie dough better?
- 9 Is it better to freeze cookie dough or baked cookies?
- 10 How long does it take cookie dough to come to room temperature?
- 11 How long can cookie dough sit out?
- 12 Do you cover cookie dough when chilling?
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.
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.
If you want the spread to be the same, we recommend thawing the dough for 24 hours in the fridge. Some cookie doughs just don’t freeze well.
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.
“When your cookie dough is not refrigerated, the butter is at room temperature. So chilling the dough before baking means fluffier cookies with better consistency. Plus, if you have a bowl of dough ready in the refrigerator, it’s much easier to scoop while chilled than at room temperature.
Most cookie doughs freeze well for up to 3 months. Drop Cookies: Shape the cookie dough into balls as you would when preparing to bake them. Place them on a silicone- or parchment-lined sheet. Freeze for an hour (or until solid) and transfer to a freezer zip-top bag.
Here’s how you can improve premade cookie dough or dough from a mix.
- Add spice to your dough.
- Punch up the flavor of your cookies by adding extracts.
- Before baking, roll the dough in a garnish of your choice.
- Stir nuts right into the dough for an added crunch.
- Add in your favorite savory snacks, like chips or pretzels.
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.
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.
Once the dough has chilled, let it warm up at room temperature until it’s just pliable ( about five to ten minutes ); letting it get to be too warm will defeat the purpose of chilling the dough at all.
As a general rule, any cookie dough left on the counter at room temperature will be good for 2-4 hours but then may risk going bad, especially if it is already past its “best by” date. The cool, dark, air-free container in your fridge or freezer will be the best place to maximize the lifespan of your cookie dough.
Popping your dough in the fridge allows the fats to cool. And if you use brown butter in your cookie recipes, chilling the dough overnight allows the flavors to develop so you get a richer, more decadent cookie. While this hydration is taking place, the flour also breaks down into sugar, making the dough taste sweeter.