How to Bake Frozen Cookie Dough (No Thawing Recipe)

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Knowing how to bake frozen cookie dough is an important life skill I believe everyone must master. Sound dramatic? Actually, it isn’t. Just think of all the times you’ve had a late-night craving only to find out you had to make an entire cookie recipe from scratch. I rest my case. At any rate, in this post, I’ll be dishing all the details about how to make spectacular cookies from frozen dough. From frozen chocolate chip cookie dough to frozen drop cookie dough, I’ve got all the details you need to bake ’em up right without needing to thaw.

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How To Bake Frozen Cookie Dough (no Thawing Recipe)

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How Do You Bake Cookies That Have Been Frozen?

To bake cookies after freezing cookie dough, you’ll want to follow certain protocol. For the most part, your preparation for cookie baking will remain the same.

However, the temperature you choose to bake your cookies on may alter how your cookies turn out.

Remember that the following instructions work for cut out cookie dough, drop cookie dough, balls of cookie dough, and other homemade cookie dough types.

Let’s dive in!

The following are the steps you’ll want to take if you’ve chosen to freeze cookie dough and are now ready to bake them up. Remember that you may get differing results depending on what baking temperature you choose.

Steps for baking cookies made from unthawed frozen dough are:

  1. Preheat your oven according to your standard baking instructions.
  2. Remove your frozen pre-portioned cookie dough from the freezer.
  3. Place the cookie dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Once the oven is preheated, place your cookies in and bake them for 1-2 minutes longer than you normally would.
  5. Remove from the oven, and let cool.
  6. Devour your freshly baked cookies!

The length of time it takes to bake frozen cookie dough varies based on the results you wish to achieve. As mentioned in the steps above, you can expect to have your frozen cookies baked in as little as 1-2 minutes past the normal baking time.

Having said this, there are other baking tips you may wish to experiment with if you want a different type of cookie texture when baking frozen cookie dough.

Frozen chocolate chip cookie dough baking temperatures can typically remain normal as long as you keep the cookies in for 1-2 minutes longer than usual.

Alternatively, you can bump the heat down 20 degrees and bake the cookies for an additional 3-5 minutes longer than you typically would.

This method works for most types of cookie dough.

Frozen cookie dough will not bake much differently from room temperature cookie dough. However, your results will depend on the type of cookie dough you use.

For example, cookies such as macarons should not be frozen as freezing this kind of cookie dough may change the consistency of the cookie.

Apart from the type of cookie dough you’ve used, you also may notice a difference in how your cookies are shaped when you’re using dough in the freezer. Cookie dough that has been previously frozen won’t typically spread as well. Thus, you may end up with a thicker, puffier, and possibly a more tender cookie than before.

Remember that after freezing cookie dough, you’ll want to bake your cookies for a couple of minutes longer than you normally would at the same temperature you typically use.

This means that if your recipe usually calls for you to bake your cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes, you’ll want to bake them at the same temperature for 11-14 minutes instead.

Baking cookie dough in the air fryer is relatively simple.

You’ll want to cover your air frying basket in foil and place your cookie dough balls in the lined basket. From there, air fry the cookies for about 8-10 minutes or until the edges become golden brown.

Remove from the air fryer and allow the cookies to cool. Enjoy!

I’ve go an air fryer cookie dough recipe, by the way!

Yes, you can easily bake frozen cookie dough balls without thawing. Doing so may require a little finesse on your part. But once you learn the tricks for how to bake from frozen, you may find yourself baking frozen cookie dough more often.

Yes, you can bake frozen cookie dough. But there are some steps you can take to make the process a bit easier.

To bake frozen cookie dough, it is often best to portion the dough prior to freezing it. I have a blog about scooping cookie dough to guide you. Ideally, you will have placed your already portioned cookie dough in a freezer bag or other freezer safe bag or container.

By portioning your dough ahead of time, you can simply grab the amount of dough you need, place it on a prepared baking sheet, and cook according to the directions above.

So simple!

How To Bake Frozen Cookie Dough (no Thawing Recipe)

Baking cookie dough from frozen is easier than you think. All you need to do is place your frozen cookie dough balls or cut outs on a lined baking sheet and cook them an additional minute or two longer than you normally would. That’s it!

Remember also that it is just as easy to freeze baked cookies. Just bake your cookies in several batches when your dough is at room temperature and transfer them (once cooled) to a freezer safe bag. Eat them frozen or allow them to come to room temperature for 30 minutes on your counter. Alternatively, you can pop them in the microwave for 5-10 seconds to get them warm and gooey again.

I hope this helps. Until next time!


How long does cookie dough last in the freezer?

Cookie dough lasts in the freezer for about 3 months at best quality. Beyond this, the taste and texture may suffer, but the cookie dough will remain edible.

How to thaw cookie dough?

Cookie dough can be thawed at room temperature for no more than two hours. Alternatively, you can place your cookie dough in the fridge to thaw for up to 24 hours.

What temperature should frozen cookies be cooked at?

Keep the same temperature as you would normally bake your cookies. Just be sure to tack on an extra 1-2 minutes to give the cookies more browning time.

Can you bake cookies straight from the freezer?

Yes, you can! Follow the directions in the post above for more details on how.

How to bake frozen chocolate chip cookies?

Frozen chocolate chip cookies should be baked according to recipe directions but should be left in the oven a couple minutes longer than normal to ensure the cookies bake all the way through.

Can you bake cookie dough from frozen?

Yes, it is totally possible. In fact it may even be preferable!

How long does it take to bake frozen cookies at 350?

Bake frozen cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit about 1-2 minutes longer than you usually would. Therefore, if you normally bake your cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, you’ll want to bake them for 11-12 minutes instead.

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