How to Freeze Your Favorite Cookie Dough

3 minutes
September 24, 2021
Carole Jones
I know you can’t tell, but right now, I am with my sweetie, on a cruise ship, on my way to the Bahamas.  Wooo Hoooo!!!
My hubby and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary a few weeks early.  What better way to celebrate than away from our six kids, in the Caribbean and with amazing friends who are coming along for the adventure.
(Obviously, I am preparing this post a few days before we leave and my tummy is all full of butterflies just thinking about our week together!)
How to Freeze Cookie Dough

My parents were planning on coming from Ohio to take care of the kids, but my poor Mom got really sick and they weren’t able to come.  So instead, a young couple from church have taken on the enormous challenge of being “Mom and Dad” for 8 days.  I like to joke that caring for our kids for that long will be the perfect birth control 🙂

In hopes of making this whole experience as stress-free as possible, I have stocked the freezer with dinners and treats for the week.  I pray all will go well for them.  I’m not worried about my kids.  I’m worried about this poor newlywed couple……

How to Freeze Cookie Dough
One of my favorite items for the freezer is raw cookie dough balls.  I will make a double or triple batch of my favorite recipe and freeze most of it.  It is so easy to throw a dozen frozen dough balls onto a cookie sheet and have hot, fresh cookies 10 minutes later.  Perfect for those crazy weeknights when you just need a special treat and no time to make cookies from scratch!
Interested in the recipe for these soft, chewy and decadent M&M cookies?  Come back on Saturday and you shall be rewarded 🙂

Freezing Instructions:
Make your favorite cookie dough according the normal recipe.  Instead of baking, portion out the cookie dough onto a large cookie sheet.  You can put them as close together as you want because they won’t be spreading!  Place them uncovered in the freezer until they are completely frozen, about 6 hours.  Remove them from the freezer and place them into a freezer bag or reusable container.  If using a plastic bag, remove as much air as possible before closing.  If using a reusable container, cover the top of the dough balls with plastic wrap before putting on the lid.

When it comes time for hot and fresh cookies, preheat your oven to the correct temperature, place the frozen dough balls onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 3 minutes longer than you would the fresh dough.

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


12 years ago

I’ve never thought about doing this, what a great idea! x

Jen T
12 years ago

Have so much fun! That is perfect birth control! I always freeze my cookie dough–it is a life saver! And good to eat out of the freezer too 🙂

12 years ago

I always do this with my cookie dough. My husband is the only one who eats cookies and he likes them best when they’re hot out of the oven. This method is perfect when you want just a couple cookies. Have a fun trip!

12 years ago

This is a wonderful idea. we like to go RV’ing, and taking all the ingredients for cookies is too much hassle. but there’s room in the tiny freezer to toss in a bag of dough balls. bake up a dozen homemade cookies when stuck inside on a rainy afternoon—fabulous!

12 years ago

My mom taught me to do this years ago, if you can go the extra bit and freeze them in vacuum bags, you will have found the everlasting fountain of fresh cookies!

12 years ago

This is is what we do in the kitchen all the time except our batches make about 350 cookies at a time (professional kitchen, we have at a minimum of 8 different flavors in the freezer at all times). The easiest way to do this is to scoop the cookies with a scooper. They make all different size scoopers. Using a scoop makes the cookies the same size which results in an even cook time plus you will always get the same yield from a recipe.

9 years ago

Which is the better way to freeze M&M cookies? Do I freeze the raw dough or should I bake, then freeze? I just don’t want the color in the M&M’s to run. I’m making these for my daughter’s grad party – three weeks away. Please let me know ASAP! Thanks!

9 years ago

If you wanted the freshest result, definitely freeze the dough into individually frozen portions. You shouldn’t have trouble with the colors. Good luck with the party Kim!

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