How to Freeze Cookies

Keeping frozen treats on hand is a great way to reduce waste, save time and money, and enjoy delicious desserts on demand. But can you freeze cookies to keep them fresh?

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When parties, bake sales, or lunches call for these sweet treats, learning how to freeze cookies effectively means you can avoid adding shopping and baking into your busy schedule. Instead of succumbing to grocery store and bakery prices in the name of convenience, you can simply reach into your freezer at no cost to you. Make-ahead cookies are also a great way to use eggs, butter, and other ingredients that would otherwise spoil in your fridge and turn them into delicious long-lasting cookies your family will love.

So before freezing cookies using a FoodSaver® Preservation System, use our helpful tips to preserve this dessert favorite.

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Can You Freeze Cookies?

So can you freeze cookies like chocolate chip cookies or sugar cookies with icing? Yes, you can. The most convenient way to ensure you're ready for any special occasion is by freezing cookies that are already baked. Most types of cookies can retain their shape, freshness, and taste when frozen. Particularly sugar cookies with icing, bar cookies, drop cookies, and biscotti are especially great choices.

So once your batches are done baking, use this method to ensure you know how to store cookies properly in your freezer:

Step-by-Step Guide to Freezing Cookies

  • Bake and Cool the Cookies: Once your batches are done baking, give them plenty of time to cool before you package them to be frozen.
  • Place Cookies on Parchment Paper: Once the cookies cool, place them on parchment paper-covered cookie sheets. Make sure the make-ahead cookies aren't overlapping on the sheet as this placement will cause them to stick together.
  • Freeze the Cookies: Put cookies in the freezer until every cookie is frozen solid. When you're certain the baked goods are frozen, remove them from the sheets and place them in FoodSaver freezer bags.
  • Seal the Vacuum Seal Bags: Seal the freezer bags using a FoodSaver Food Preservation System and place the cookies in the freezer for storage.

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For how to freeze cookies topped with icing, place pieces of parchment paper between each cookie to create a barrier between icing. Some bakers don't freeze cookies with other toppings like jam, which is best applied right before serving. Adding toppings after the cookie base has been defrosted helps your frozen cookies achieve their full taste potential.

So satisfy sweet tooths anytime with this method for how to store cookies and always keep treats on hand.

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Thawing Baked Goods: How to Defrost Cookies

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When learning how to defrost cookies, there are several ways to thaw your baked goods. Depending on the type of cookies you're working with and their toppings, you’ll want to adapt your method for defrosting cookies from batch to batch.

For instance, cookies with frosting or cream-filled centers taste best when simply left out to defrost on their own for a few hours. This technique allows the icing or filling to retain its shape without melting or getting watery.

When you're ready to defrost cookies, simply remove them from the sealed freezer bags. If you let cookies thaw in the same packaging they were frozen in, you could end up with unwanted sogginess or condensation. For best results, place your cookies on a serving dish or tray to thaw and ensure they aren't touching each other. Most cookies thaw nicely just by being left out, but keep in mind that they'll be at room temperature once defrosted.

How to Reheat Cookies

When you're craving the sweet scent of a fresh-baked batch, here's how to reheat cookies in the oven or microwave to serve them warm.

Most bakers prefer to use the oven as it helps the cookies stay moist without losing crispness. To reheat cookies in the oven, place them on sheets and bake them at 300 degrees for about five to ten minutes. If you enjoy a more doughy texture or are super short on time, warm the cookies in the microwave for 30 seconds and enjoy.

Start Freezing Cookies to Store Long-Term

Freezing cookies and cookie dough is a practical and efficient way to enjoy homemade treats anytime you like. Whether you're preparing for a special occasion or simply want to reduce food waste, our tips ensure you know how to keep cookies fresh, store them, and thaw them to perfection.

So the next time you're baking, consider making an extra batch to freeze for make-ahead cookies ready to go during cravings or last-minute events.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long are cookies good for?

While cookies stored in the pantry can remain fresh for up to 2 weeks with ordinary storage, cookies preserved with FoodSaver vacuum sealers can stay fresh for up to six weeks. To keep cookies fresh long-term, properly sealing them in vacuum-sealed bags or containers before freezing is essential to extending preservation.

Can you freeze cookie dough?

Yes, you can freeze cookie dough. It's a great way to have fresh cookies ready to bake at a moment's notice. For a simple way to freeze cookie dough, visit How to Seal Your Holiday Cookie Dough.

Can you freeze chocolate chip cookies? Can you freeze sugar cookies?

Yes, you can freeze chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies. Most cookies freeze well, but some are better candidates than others. For example, sugar cookies with icing, bar cookies, drop cookies, and biscotti are great options. Sturdy varieties like chocolate chip, sugar, oatmeal, and shortbread cookies also freeze well. However, delicate cookies or cookies with high moisture content, such as those filled with cream or jam, may not freeze as successfully.

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