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December 28, 2010

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Shirley  Pettis

When I freeze cookie dough I use my cookie scooper and make balls like I would when baking the cookies. I put them on a cookie sheet and once they are frozen I put them in a zip lock bag then return the bag to the freezer. I take them out when I want fresh baked cookies.
This method has worked well for me and my mother-in-law loves to have them in her freezer.

JS5981

So can you bake them straight from the freezer or do you have to let the dough thaw?

Oatmeal Cookie Guy

Hi, Shirley. Scooping and then freezing individually portioned cookie dough balls is an excellent idea. What a great daughter-in-law you are. Thanks for writing in and sharing your cookie wisdom!

Oatmeal Cookie Guy

Hi, JS5981.Thanks for writing in again! I freeze cookie dough all the time. It holds up really well in the freezer for a couple weeks or so, and the baked-off cookies taste as great as the ones you bake with fresh dough. When you're ready, move the frozen dough to the fridge to thaw the night before you plan to bake. Then move the thawed dough to the kitchen counter for a few hours to come to room temperature before baking. Simple as that!

There's no harm in baking straight-from-the-freezer dough. The cookies will taste good, but they won't spread out much.

Marya

I use the same method of freezing as Shirley, although I had to shape the cookies into balls by hand. Em got me a cookie scoop for Christmas though, so I am going to try out the Coconut, Walnut, Chocolate oatmeal cookies that you have raved about and use my cookie scoop for the first time. Your friend's testimonial about the cookies sold it for me, so I had to go buy the ingredients. I'm missing the milk chocolate though. I'll have to run to the store. I'll let you know how it goes!

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