Freezing Cookies

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A good way to keep cookies fresh is by freezing until you need them. This page is about freezing cookies.


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My husband are what I call "cookie pigs"! If I make 30 cookies, we'll eat 30 cookies. Needless to say, we don't need 30 cookies. What I do now, since we came to our senses, is make a double batch of our favorite cookie recipe, bake a few for now, and put the others in the freezer.

I prepare them just as if I were going to bake them now and place closely together on a cookie sheet. After they're frozen very hard (I wait a night), I put them in a plastic container separated with waxed paper. Then when we want cookies, I can bake 4 (they're small!) and we have 4. Sure helps to control our eating but still allows us to have treats.

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Preparing for Freezing:

Cookies should be completely cooled before freezing.

Best Freezing Method(s):

  • Regular Cookies: This includes most cookies like peanut butter, chocolate chip, sugar, shortbread, etc. Bake and cool completely. Place them in rigid containers or plastic bags for freezing.

  • Frosted Cookies: Freeze cooled frosted cookies on cookie trays or plates until frosting is firm, then transfer them to airtight containers or plastic freezer bags.

  • Meringue Type Cookies: These cookies do not freeze well.

  • Cookie Dough: Form dough into a cylinder and seal in plastic or heavy-duty aluminum foil. Commercially prepared cookie dough that is vacuum packed should not be frozen due to the contents being under pressure. Non vacuum packed dough can be frozen the same way as homemade cookie dough. Freeze pre-cut unbaked cookies the same way you would freeze baked cookies.

Suitable Packaging:

Freezer containers should be moisture and vapor resistant and should not be prone to cracking or breaking at low temperatures. Containers should provide protection against absorbing flavors or odors and should be easy to label. Suitable packaging for freezing cookies includes freezer-grade plastic bags, rigid plastic containers or glass containers, tins and heavy-duty aluminum foil. Separate layers of cookies or pre-cut dough with wax paper.

Maximum Storage Time:

Baked cookies and cookie dough will both freeze for 6 months or more at 0ºF when properly wrapped and sealed.


  • Cookies: Thaw cookies at room temperature and serve.

  • Cookie Dough: Let the dough cylinders defrost in the refrigerator (about 2-3 hours). Let pre-cut cookies thaw on the cookie sheet for several minutes before baking.

Tips & Shortcuts:

Store a variety of cookies in the freezer in pre-portioned bags to save yourself time during holiday entertaining or to have on hand for unexpected company. Individually wrapping them before placing them in containers will keep them fresh longer. Imitation vanilla does not hold its flavor well when frozen, and spices like nutmeg and cloves tend to intensify during freezing.

Refrigerating Cookies:

Keep cookie dough and cookies containing cream frosting or cream cheese for 3 to 5 days. Baked cookies will stay fresh at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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November 14, 2001

When you finish with a Pringles potato chip can, wash it out and store holiday cookies in them. They stand up well in the freezer.

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August 26, 2019

They had store bought soft batch chocolate chip cookies on sale and I bought 2 bags. Can I freeze them in zip lock bags?


August 27, 20190 found this helpful

I do! I like the soft ones from Aldi frozen. If I am having a really bad day, I use the frozen cookies, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and make little ice cream sandwiches! Just don't leave them in there for more than a month or they really dry out. I using eat them pretty quickly!


PS, if you like mint Girl Scout cookies, try Aldi's chocolate mint cookies (frozen). They are AMAZING!!!

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August 27, 20190 found this helpful

I freeze cookies all the time. Squeeze all the air out of the bag.

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August 27, 20190 found this helpful

This should not be a problem if you want to take the larger bag of cookies and break them down into smaller bags to store in your freezer. I would not allow them to stay in the freezer for more than a month because they can dry out if stored there too long.

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August 27, 20190 found this helpful

Yes, you can freeze your cookies! Make sure when using a freezer bag,press the access air out of bag(the air causes ice crystals!).

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December 21, 2014

I just made ricotta cheese anise cookies. I cooled them for 4 hours and put them in food saver bags, but they still seemed a little moist. Should I freeze them or will they stay fresh for three days till Christmas eve? They are not frosted yet they are sealed in the food saver bags.


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February 18, 20160 found this helpful

After they were cooled, I stored mine in plastic containers with each layer separated by a sheet of waxed paper.

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September 8, 2013

Can the Nutter Butter cookie be frozen. And if so, how long?

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