Softening refrigerated cookie dough


I made 5 batches of cookie dough tonight and plan to bake them tomorrow night. Usually the batter is too hard right out of the fridge to make drop cookies. How long is it safe to leave the batters on the counter to allow the dough to soften?

badge posted by: bakershaz on December 01, 2011 at 10:59 pm in Q & A
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reply by: GinaG on December 01, 2011 at 11:22 pm


I have been amazed by how little time is needed for cookie dough to soften up enough to work with. It doesn't generally take more than ten, fifteen minutes for drop-cookie dough and only then if it's rock hard.

As long as the dough stays cool to the touch, it should be fine.
I wouldn't leave it out on a counter overnight with the furnace cranked up, but check it in 10 minute increments, it really does become malleable quickly.
Have fun,

reply by: easyquilts on December 04, 2011 at 10:22 am

I agree with Gina... It really won't take long for the cookie dough to soften up...just make sure the dough doesn't actually get warm..... Although to tell the truth, mine has gotten to room temperature, and there were o problems.

Time for me to get out The Recipe, which is what the women in our family call the wonderful sugar cookie recipe handed down to us. In think it was my Grandmother's... It really is good.


reply by: mumpy on December 04, 2011 at 8:47 pm

is it a family secret or would you consider posting it?....please??...pretty please???

reply by: GinaG on December 06, 2011 at 6:16 pm

...With sugar on top? :)