How long will cookie dough keep fresh in the fridge?


I make a ton of cookies (both sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies) over the holiday season, but usually don't ship them out until as close to Christmas as possible. But it takes an entire day to cut out, bake and decorate my cookies so I'd like to save time by making the cookie dough in advance.

My questions:

1. How long will cookie dough keep fresh in the fridge?

2. What's the best way to wrap/store it so it stays fresh?

3. Is it better to freeze the dough?

Any wisdom from those far more experienced in the kitchen than I?

badge posted by: natetowne on November 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm in Baking, desserts and sweets
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reply by: atrage on November 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Cookie dough can keep for a week in the fridge as long as it doesn't start to dry out. Be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. You can also freeze cookie dough for up to three months, which may be your best option if you are trying to get ahead on time.

reply by: themuffinmaker on November 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I make my cookies, shape and freeze them. When ready to eat or share I simply bake them (for a minute o.r so longer then the original recipe time)

reply by: GinaG on November 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Shaping and cutting then freezing really IS an excellent idea!

Here is another:

Shape your dough into a log, wrap in plastic, then place inside a paper towel cylinder you have cut open vertically. Label your cardboard tube with the date and type of cookie dough, then place in gallon size freezer bags for freezer or place in fridge.

Most recipes indicate for how long you can refrigerate the dough, many of mine can only be refrigerated for2-3 days.
Happy Baking,

reply by: natetowne on December 01, 2011 at 11:42 am

Wow, great ideas - thank you! I never thought of cutting them out first and THEN freezing them, that's a great time saver. I also love your paper towel cylinder idea, I'm going to give it a try. Thanks everyone for sharing your expertise!

reply by: blondie8591 on December 03, 2011 at 10:04 am

I just wanted to send you a link to this NY Times article on the perfect chocolate cookie experiment. I won;t spoil the article surprise by telling you the result, but I think it may help answer your question.

reply by: omaria on December 03, 2011 at 10:42 am

Blondie, what a fun article. I printed the whole thing, along with the recipe. Thanks.

reply by: GinaG on December 03, 2011 at 11:29 am

Thank you, Blondie, that's an interesting article-- but I can't find the recipe for it. Omaria, on what page is the recipe?

reply by: kb_mw on December 05, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Hi Gina, I'm not Blondie, but the recipe is in a link on the left-hand side of the page, here is a link to it directly:

reply by: omaria on December 05, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Yes Gina, that is where it is.

reply by: GinaG on December 06, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Thank you BOTH very, very much. :)

reply by: GinaG on December 06, 2011 at 6:25 pm

oops-sorry: double-post!