The good news: most cookies and cookie doughs freeze well because there is little to no water content in them. Water expands when it freezes and then contracts again when it is thawed. That expanding and contracting can ruin the texture of frozen food, but most cookie doughs will not have this problem.
Defrosting frozen cookies is super easy. Just remove them from their plastic wrappings and place them on a plate on the kitchen counter. It may take several hours for the cookies to become soft. To speed things up, you can microwave each cookie for about 30 seconds on full power.
With the sugar cookies—which are made by rolling the dough into a log, then slicing it into rounds—we found that freezing already-baked cookies left them dry and crumbly when thawed. We had far better results when we froze raw slices of the log, then baked those direct from the freezer.
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. Squeeze out extra air and place flat in the freezer. To save space, you can flat-stack freezer bags.
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.
For best results, it’s important to freeze chocolate chip cookies when they are as fresh as possible. … Place the wrapped cookies in a freezer bag, then seal. To save space in the freezer, stack the cookies in piles of four or five, then wrap the stack in a double layer of plastic wrap and freeze.
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.
Macaroons freeze really well, so you don’t have to worry about anything happening to them while they’re in the freezer. Give them about an hour to come up to temp before eating them, or, if you’re the frozen candy bar type, try them frozen!
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.