Does all cookie dough freeze well, and how far in advance can I make the dough?  

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I want to make a bunch of different kinds of cookies ahead of time and freeze them unbaked. Does all cookie dough freeze well, and how far in advance can I make the dough?

Nearly all kinds of cookie doughs freeze well for up to three months. Form the dough into a log, wrap it tightly in plastic (the more layers the better) and place it in a plastic bag. Press the air out of the bag before sealing, and be sure to label the outside of the package with the date and type of dough. It also helps to make a note on the package such as "Bake at 350° for 25 minutes". For faster thawing, divide the dough into two or three separately wrapped logs. Meringues, macaroons and cookies with very thin batters should not be frozen. If you need some cookie recipes, see 50 Fabulous Holiday Cookies.

Recipe: Toffee-Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Marge Perry
Dec, 2010
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