For cookies that are already baked, here’s how to freeze them successfully for up to two months. Be sure the cookies are completely cooled before freezing. Place the cookies into an airtight container lined with aluminum foil or plastic food wrap. For best results, wrap the cookies individually in plastic food wrap.
To thaw frozen cookies, take them out of the container in which they were stored and spread them out until they come to room temperature. From there, you can decorate them as needed, serve them, or, if necessary, refresh them in a 325º oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
Simply cover platefuls of assorted cookies with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and pop into the freezer. Place unwrapped and unfrosted cookies in a 300°F oven for a few minutes to restore crispness. You can make your own freezer “vacuum pack.” Place cookies into a plastic zipper bag. Seal almost 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.
Make Ahead Tips
You can prepare the dough and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. When you are ready to bake, roll the dough to the desired thickness and follow the recipe instructions. Freezing Rolled Cookie Dough – Divide your dough into 2 equal-size balls.
Most bakers prefer to use the oven, as it helps the cookies stay moist without loosing crispiness. To reheat the cookies this way, place them on sheets and bake them at 300 degrees for about five to ten minutes.
Once the cookies are sealed, place them in an airtight container and into the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw them, leave them in the container at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
Freeze your cookies in a well-sealed plastic container. This will not only prevent air getting at the cookies, it will prevent them from breaking as well. Put a row of cookies on the bottom of the container. Lay a sheet of wax paper on them.
Cookies retain their quality when stored in the freezer for eight to 12 months.
Lay the cookies out in a single layer, not touching, and cover it with plastic wrap. Then freeze the baking sheet for at least 4 hours (overnight if you can). Once the cookies are frozen, you can stack them in a gallon-sized Ziploc freezer bag.
- Cooling—Cool your cookies completely before freezing. …
- Container—To keep your cookies safe in the freezer, be sure to place them in a sturdy plastic container. …
- Layering—Cover the bottom of the container with cookies. …
- Plastic Wrap—Preventing freezer burn is all about keeping the air out.