How to Thaw Frozen Cookie Dough

By LeafTV Editor

Frozen cookie dough can be a time saver near the holidays, for birthday parties or when a craving strikes. Butter-based cookie dough, such as chocolate chip, peanut butter and sugar, freezes better than meringue and other thin doughs. All cookie dough must be double-wrapped in plastic wrap, or placed in freezer bags or airtight containers to prevent freezer burn and odor absorption. Cookie dough can last four to six weeks in the freezer, so label all dough with the date it was frozen. Cookie dough can be thawed in the refrigerator or baked from the freezer to prevent flattening. Thawing at room temperature is not recommended for doughs that contain raw eggs.

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Thaw cookie dough in the refrigerator for two to three hours.

Refrigerator Thawing

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Freezer

Step 1

Remove cookie dough from freezer.

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Step 2

Place cookie dough in the refrigerator.

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Step 3

Wait two to three hours for cookie dough to thaw before baking.

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Step 4

Follow baking instructions.

Bake Frozen

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Step 5

Remove cookie dough from freezer.

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Dough on cookie sheet

Step 6

Place on baking sheets.

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Cookies cooling

Step 7

Follow baking instructions, adding a couple minutes to the bake time.