How to Freeze Cookies
The truth is: Freezing cookies is simple, but you have to know how to do it right. Typically, drop cookies (including oatmeal cookies and chocolate chip cookies) and cut-out cookies (such as sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies) freeze well. Delicate cookies, on the other hand, such as wafers and meringues, will not freeze well—so we recommend making those just before serving. Frosted and unfrosted cookies are both freezer-friendly, though we always recommend freezing unfrosted cookies and waiting to frost until just before serving, if possible.
Here are our three easy, foolproof steps to freezing cookies:
Step 1: Freeze Cookies Individually
All cookies need to freeze individually so they don’t stick together when stored. To do so, place baked, completely cooled cookies in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet (so they have a little bit of friction). Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for about one hour.
Step 2: Store Cookies in Layers
Once they’ve been individually frozen, place the cookies in single layers in an airtight container with wax paper between each layer.
Expert tip: If you can wait to frost cut-outs until later, it’s best to freeze sugar cookies and gingerbread men unfrosted or undecorated.
Step 3: Keep Cookies Separate
Be sure to separate types of cookies into individual containers to avoid mingling flavors (because nobody likes a minty gingerbread cookie!). Label all containers with the date you froze them and cookie names so you can easily keep track of all your baked goods.
How Long to Freeze Cookies
Generally speaking, if properly frozen, you can freeze unfrosted cookies up to 12 months. If cookies are frosted, they can be stored frozen up to three months.
How to Freeze Cookie Dough
Want to stock up on Pillsbury™ refrigerated cookie dough before the holiday rush? We don’t blame you. The good news: You can freeze cookie dough rolls and Ready to Bake!™ cookies up to two months in advance! For place-and-bake cookies, you can follow this cookie dough hack to bake straight from frozen. For the cookie dough rolls, we recommend thawing in the refrigerator before using for recipes.