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November 11, 2023

Merry Make-Ahead Cookies

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Cookie dough rolled out and cut into shapes, ready to freeze.

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Christmas is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the holidays than with a batch of warm, freshly baked cookies straight out of the oven? But with all the holiday preparations going on, the last thing you want to do is spend hours upon hours in the kitchen baking dozens of cookies all at once. That’s why baking and freezing cookies or freezing cookie dough can be a lifesaver! 

Can You Freeze Cookie Dough?

First things first: can you freeze cookie dough? The answer is a resounding yes! Freezing cookie dough is an easy and convenient way to ensure that you always have freshly baked cookies on hand, without needing to spend hours in the kitchen every time you get a cookie craving. 

Moreover, many cookie doughs contain ingredients like butter and eggs that can spoil if left out too long, so freezing them is actually a smart way to prolong their shelf life. 

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

The process of freezing cookie dough is actually quite simple. Start by scooping the dough into balls, and placing them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop the cookie sheet in the freezer, and leave it there until the dough balls are frozen solid (usually takes about an hour or so). Once the balls are frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container, and store them in the freezer until you're ready to bake them. 

When it's time to bake, simply take out the desired number of dough balls and let them thaw for 10-15 minutes or so before baking, as otherwise, they may not spread and cook as intended. 

Now that you know how to freeze cookie dough, let's move on to some delicious Christmas cookie recipes that can easily be baked and frozen for later. 

Peanut Butter Blossoms - BHG Test Kitchen

Peanut Butter Blossom cookies.
Peanut Butter Blossom cookies.
BHG / Scott Little

We always love a good peanut butter and chocolate combo! These scrumptious cookies are perfect for the holidays, or anytime! Your guests and kids will absolutely love these chocolatey peanut buttery familiar favorites, so why not have a batch in the freezer for whenever you need a pick-me-up? Freeze for up to 3 months.

Check out the Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies on BHG

Pfeffernüsse Spice Cookies – Saving Room For Dessert

Pfeffernusse Spice Cookies
Pfeffernusse Spice Cookies
Saving Room for Dessert

Hard to pronounce, but much easier to eat, these Scandinavian delights are perfect for a cold winter’s night. Sweetened with honey and molasses, these cozy treats go great with a roaring fire. Freeze for up to 30 days.

Check out Pfeffernusse Spice Cookies on Saving Room for Dessert

Almond Chocolate Biscotti - Taste of Home

Almond Biscotti.
Almond Biscotti.
Taste of Home

You never know when you’ll need a bit of biscotti! Baking these and then freezing them for whenever you need a tasty crunchy cookie is always a smart move. Pair these with an espresso or a bit of eggnog and you’re all set! Freeze un-iced biscotti for up to 3 months.

Check out the Almond Chocolate Biscotti on Taste of Home

One Dough Neopolitan Cookies - Sally McKenney

Neapolitan Cookies.
Neapolitan Cookies.
Sally McKenney

Don’t get this one confused with ice cream! One part chocolate, one part strawberry, and one part vanilla, this cookie is both delicious and easier to make than you think. Using only one dough but flavoring each part separately takes a ton of work out of these cookies. The chocolate dipping sauce is divine! Freeze for up to 3 months.

Check out the 1 Dough Neapolitan Cookies from Sally McKenney

Gluten-Free Drop Style Sugar Cookies - Meaningful Eats

Gluten-free sugar cookies.
Gluten-free sugar cookies.
Meaningful Eats

Not everyone can indulge in traditional Christmas cookies due to food allergies, gluten intolerance, or celiac disease, requiring careful ingredient checks for homemade treats. These delectable gluten-free cookies are a delightful option, suitable for sharing with everyone, whether they follow a gluten-free diet or not. Freeze dough for up to 3 months.

Check out the Drop-Style Sugar Cookies from Meaningful Eats


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