To make the best cookies, especially shaped and rolled cookies, I always remove 2-3 tablespoons of flour from the recipe, then chill the dough. This makes the final product much more tender. To learn more, read How to Make the Best Cookies. No matter what time of year it is, cookies stored in the freezer are a great idea. But these recipes are a little bit more special for the holidays. These freeze ahead cookie recipes will keep your family and friends happy during this holiday season.
Freeze Ahead Cookie Recipes
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
These fabulous cookies freeze very well, and they're the perfect thing to tuck into a lunch box.
Nut Lover's Brownies
I think these bars freeze and thaw better when they are cut into squares and individually wrapped and frozen. So let them cool completely, cut into squares, then wrap, pack into a plastic freezer container, label, and freeze. Let the brownies stand, loosely covered, at room temperature for 1-2 hours before serving.
Caramel Cream Cookies
These little cookies freeze very well. Prepare them as directed, then pack into rigid freezer container, separating the layers with waxed paper. Seal, label, and freeze. To thaw, let stand at room temperature for 2-3 hours.
Like any shortbread, these delicious and super easy cookies freeze very well. Break them into pieces, place in a plastic freezer container with the layers separated with waxed paper, then label and freeze. To thaw, let the container stand at room temperature for 2-3 hours before serving.
Cake Mix Cookies
These super easy and delicious cookies freeze well. Cool them well before packing into a rigid freezer container, then label and freeze up to 2 months. To thaw, let the cookies stand at room temperature for 2-3 hours before serving.
These wonderful rich and chewy cookies freeze very well. For a special treat, put two together with a chocolate icing made by melting together 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips and 1/3 cup peanut butter. Yum.
I love this chocolate version of Mexican Tea Cakes (which also freeze well!). Make the cookies as directed, roll twice in powdered sugar, then cool completely. Pack into a plastic freezer container, layers separated with waxed paper, then label and freeze. Let the container stand at room temperature for 3-4 hours before serving.
Meringues freeze very well. Freeze the mushroom tops and bottoms separately, carefully packed into a plastic container with crumpled waxed paper separating the pieces. To thaw, let stand at room temperature for 1-2 hours, then assemble the little mushrooms using melted chocolate as directed.
Roll Out Butter Cookies
This recipe can be frozen in two different ways. You can wrap and freeze the dough, then let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before rolling, cutting, and baking the cookies. Or roll, cut, bake, and cool the cookies and place in that plastic freezer container, separating the cookies with waxed paper or freezer paper. Label and freeze. To thaw, let the containers stand at room temperature for 1-2 hours, then frost and decorated as desired.
Easy but Fancy Cookies
When you form the dough into the rolls, wrap well in waxed paper, then in heavy duty foil. Label and freeze up to 3 months. To bake, slice frozen dough and top with chocolate star; bake as directed in recipe, adding 4-6 minutes to baking time.
Pecan Praline Cookies
I love these simple cookies that look and taste like Pecan Pralines; they're not as sweet as the candy. Make the dough, roll it into logs, then wrap well, label, and freeze. To bake, slice frozen dough and top with nuts; bake as directed in the recipe, then drizzle with frosting.
This classic recipe freezes well. Prepare and bake the cookies, then wrap, label, and freeze. To thaw, let stand at room temperature for 2-3 hours, then serve.
Treasure Chest Bars
This rich bar cookie is almost like a cake. It's stuffed full of nuts, chocolate, and candied cherries. Bake the bars, but do not frost. Wrap well in freezer wrap, label, and freeze. To thaw, let the bars stand at room temperature for 2-3 hours, then frost as directed.