Bake-and-Freeze Cookies

Get a head start on your holiday baking with these cookie recipes that you can bake now and freeze until you need them for entertaining or gift giving.

  • Cranberry-Almond Cookies
    Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill

    Cranberry-Almond Cookies

    Combine tart fresh cranberries and toasted almonds for a fresh twist. You’ll love the texture and combination of flavors in these cookies. The pop of red from the cranberries also adds a festive touch around Christmastime. The best part? They can be frozen up to 6 months.
  • Luscious Lemon Bars
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Kacy Carroll

    Luscious Lemon Bars

    Whether you’re making them for friends, or just looking for a dinner party dessert, these lemon bars are sure to be a hit. The crust is so good that online reviewers say it could be its own cookie. What’s even better is that these yummy treats can be frozen up to a month.
  • Frosted Sugar-'n'-Spice Cookies
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Frosted Sugar-'n'-Spice Cookies

    Give sugar cookies a tasty twist by adding a touch of spice. This recipe is great for any time of the year and you can change the shape and the color of the sprinkles depending on the holiday. Freeze for up to a month, but make sure to thaw completely before icing.
  • Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Randy Mayor; Leigh Ann Ross

    Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

    These are no ordinary chocolate chip cookies. Not only do they contain two types of chocolate chips, they also contain Kahlúa. Bring these cookies to a holiday party or indulge at home with a glass of milk. Once they cool, you can freeze them for up to a month.
  • Double Chocolate Chunk-Peanut Cookies

    Double Chocolate Chunk-Peanut Cookies

    Enjoy the sweet and salty combo from the dark chocolate chunks and dry-roasted peanuts in these cookies. Bake a batch for the next bake sale or as a treat for the kids. This is one dessert that both parents and children can agree is a winner. You can freeze these in an airtight container up to three weeks.
  • Butterscotch Blondies
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Leigh Ann Ross

    Butterscotch Blondies

    Trade in brownies for a batch of these Butterscotch Blondie dessert bars. They’re easy to prepare and can be frozen up to three months, making these bars a favorite around the holiday season.
  • Double-Vanilla Meringue Cookies

    Double-Vanilla Meringue Cookies

    Meringue cookies are a light and airy dessert that are great on their own or when used as a base for another dessert. By using vanilla bean and extract, you’ll get double the vanilla flavor. Serve at a Christmas party for a classic treat or freeze up to three months and enjoy when you’re craving something sweet.
  • Dark Chocolate-Dipped Anise Biscotti
    Iain Bagwell; Melanie J. Clarke

    Dark Chocolate-Dipped Anise Biscotti

    Biscotti makes an excellent gift around the holidays because it’s easy to mail or bring to a party. The aniseed adds a licorice flavor that is balanced by the dark chocolate coating. If you’re looking for a dessert that’ not overly sweet, serve this biscotti with coffee. You can freeze these cookies, without the chocolate, up to a month, then dip in the chocolate after they’re thawed.
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