The Cookie Dough Hack That Will Change Your Life

By Natalie Boike
Created December 8, 2016
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Freeze your ready-to-bake cookies and you’ll be prepared any time a cookie craving strikes. MORE+ LESS-

There are some days that make me realize just how much I love my job. For example, the other day I got an email from product research and development with instructions on how to freeze and then bake Pillsbury Ready To Bake! Cookie Dough. #mindblown

Of course, I had to (immediately) give it a try. So I tossed both a Chocolate Chip and Sugar Cookie package into the freezer.

Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in the freezer

The next day, when the kids were napping, I pulled out a few of each cookie and baked ‘em up according to the new directions. In the name of research. The sugar cookies took just a tad bit longer, but in about 15 minutes I had warm-from-the-oven cookies.

Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough on a baking sheet
Warm chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

The best part: I only made up a half dozen and still have another 18 cookies to enjoy another day. Let me tell you just three reasons why I think this is amazing. 

  1. I can enjoy cookies while they’re warm practically any time I want. Cookies on demand! 
  2. Built-in portion control. I only eat two cookies because there are only two cookies. 
  3. I can be Super Mom, or at least look like one. Kids had a good day at school? Bam. Celebration cookies in 15 minutes flat. Friends coming over for a last-minute playdate? Instant snack—no grocery store needed.

I just can’t keep this secret to myself. Here are the official directions for how to bake frozen Ready To Bake! cookies:

Step 1
Heat oven to 350°F.

Step 2
Place frozen cookie dough rounds about 2 inches apart on an ungreased OR parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Step 3
Bake your sugar cookies 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown, or bake your chocolate chip cookies 11 to 15 minutes until golden brown.

Step 4
Cool 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheet. Then watch them disappear!

Give it a try and let me know what you think. AND, if you’ve got a super-mom trick I need to know about, please share!