With proper storage, most cookies can be kept in the freezer for up to three months. As long as you follow the above Test Kitchen tips on freezing your dough, you should be all set to enjoy those delicious cookies whenever a craving strikes. It’s time to start planning your Christmas cookie lineup.
You’ll find that most of your favorite Christmas cookie recipes can be made ahead anywhere from a month to six months before the 25th of December. (Consult this handy how-to guide to the matter!) Generally, most recipes will be best if baked then frozen.
How long can you freeze baking?
In instances like these, it helps to remember that almost all baked goods, including cupcakes, muffins, banana bread and dinner rolls can be frozen for up to three months. Plus, cookie and pie dough, brownie batter, biscuits and scones can be mixed, shaped and frozen, so you can bake them off whenever you like.
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, scoop the dough into balls and follow the recipe baking instructions. Freezing Butter Cookie dough: Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
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.
Keep cookies cool
Your stored cookies will stay freshest in a cool, dry place, such as the back shelf of your pantry. Depending on the variety, they’ll last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. You can also freeze cookies for up to 6 months.
Can you freeze Christmas baking?
Place on a baking sheet and freeze. Transfer to a gallon-size resealable freezer-safe plastic bag and store in the freezer for up to 4 months. To thaw: Leave cupcakes wrapped in plastic and thaw at room temperature.
Baked cookies will keep in the freezer for up to 3 or 4 weeks. After baking, allow cookies to cool completely. Place them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet to freeze them, then store them in a freezer-safe zip-top storage bag labeled with the name and date.
Layering—Cover the bottom of the container with cookies. Place a sheet of wax or parchment paper on top. Then add another layer of cookies, followed by parchment paper. Plastic Wrap—Preventing freezer burn is all about keeping the air out.
Bakery or homemade cookies can be stored at room temperature two to three weeks or two months in the refrigerator. Cookies retain their quality when stored in the freezer for eight to 12 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.
Does it hurt to freeze flour?
For longer storage, or in a warmer climate, stash the flour in the freezer, where it can last for up to two years. The cold does not noticeably affect the texture, so you can easily scoop out just the amount you need, but let the flour come to room temperature before you use it for best results, especially when baking.
How do you freeze baked good?
Wrap each slice or roll tightly in plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil, and freeze for up to three months. When ready to eat, thaw completely in the refrigerator, remove the plastic wrap, but leave on the foil, and place slices or rolls in the oven.