How to Bake Frozen Cookie Dough [Best Recipe Ever!]

Baking Frozen Cookie Dough
Prep. time:
20 min
12 dishes

Picture this: you’ve just remembered there’s a batch of cookie dough waiting in your freezer, ready to be transformed into warm, gooey, and utterly delicious cookies.

The convenience and sheer joy of baking frozen cookie dough can’t be overstated. Whether it’s a late-night craving or an impromptu treat for guests, this recipe will guide you to perfection.

Preparation time:

  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • Active preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Baking time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Serves: 12 cookies

The necessary ingredients (possible in all kinds of variations):

  • 1 batch of frozen cookie dough (any flavor you prefer)

For those looking for alternatives:

  • Vegan version: Use frozen vegan cookie dough.
  • Gluten-free: Ensure your frozen cookie dough is gluten-free.

The steps of preparation (possible in all kinds of variations):

Baking frozen cookie dough is straightforward, but here are several methods to suit your needs.

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place the frozen cookie dough balls on the baking sheet, spacing them about 5 cm apart.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are golden and the centers are slightly soft.
  5. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutritional benefits:

  • Depending on the ingredients, cookies can be a source of quick energy from carbohydrates.
  • Dark chocolate chips in the dough can provide antioxidants.
  • Nuts in some cookie doughs add healthy fats and protein.
  • Whole grain flour (if used) adds dietary fiber, aiding digestion.

Possible additions or upgrades:

  • Sprinkle sea salt on top of the cookies before baking for a sweet and salty contrast.
  • Add a handful of chopped nuts or dried fruits to the dough for extra texture and flavor.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over the baked cookies for a decadent finish.
  • Serve warm cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an indulgent dessert.
  • Add a teaspoon of espresso powder to the dough for a subtle coffee flavor.


Can I bake cookie dough straight from the freezer? Yes, you can bake frozen cookie dough directly without thawing. Just add a few extra minutes to the baking time.

How do I know when the cookies are done? The edges should be golden brown, and the centers should look slightly soft. They will continue to firm up as they cool.

Can I use an air fryer to bake frozen cookie dough? Yes, preheat the air fryer to 160°C (320°F) and bake for 8-10 minutes.

What if my cookies spread too much? Ensure the dough balls are well-chilled. If they still spread, reduce the oven temperature slightly and bake a bit longer.

Can I freeze homemade cookie dough? Absolutely! Roll the dough into balls, freeze them on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag.

How long can I keep cookie dough in the freezer? Frozen cookie dough can be stored for up to 3 months.

Can I add more chocolate chips to frozen dough? Yes, you can press extra chocolate chips into the dough balls before baking.

How do I prevent cookies from sticking to the baking sheet? Use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to prevent sticking.

Can I bake different types of cookies together? It’s best to bake similar-sized cookies together to ensure even baking.

Why are my cookies not chewy? Overbaking can cause cookies to become crispy. For chewier cookies, bake until the centers are just set.

From my experience, nothing beats the aroma and taste of freshly baked cookies. Whether for a family gathering or a solo treat, these cookies are sure to bring smiles. So, go ahead, bake a batch, and share the joy with friends and family. Don’t forget to post your cookie creations on social media and spread the happiness!

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