Cookies have always been a favorite baked good of everyone.
They are the most popular dessert in America and also throughout the world.
Cookies are usually made with flour, sugar, butter or shortening, eggs, baking soda/powder, plus some flavoring such as vanilla extract or chocolate chips.
Sugar cookies are one variety that has been around for centuries.
Sugar cookies have a thin, delicate texture and are usually flavored with vanilla extract or lemon juice plus flavoring.
The sugar cookie dough is rolled out in a rectangular shape and then cut into squares to bake.
Some people like their sugar cookies thick, while others prefer them thin.
Sugar cookies can be made in many ways, but the most delicious is made from scratch.
But can you freeze sugar cookies? You certainly can.
Making and freezing your homemade sugar cookies is a great way to save time.
It’s much easier to make the dough and divide it up into smaller portions so that you can bake whenever you want.
The best way to make sugar cookies from scratch is to use a recipe that uses cake flour instead of regular all-purpose flour.
In this article, we will guide you through the steps to making and freezing sugar cookies so you can bake them as needed.
How to Make Sugar Cookies?
Sugar cookies are a great dessert to make because of the many flavors you can add to them.
You can always use your favorite flavor of jam or frosting for an added punch.
Making sugar cookies from scratch is very simple and only takes about 20 minutes total time.
All you need are the ingredients listed below and some cookie cutters if desired, to cut the dough into shapes.
Here is a list of the ingredients you will need for this recipe:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour.
- One teaspoon baking powder.
- Two sticks of salted butter softened (not margarine).
- 1 cup granulated white sugar (preferably may be substituted with an equal amount of brown sugar).
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar.
- 1 cup milk (can use any milk you like).
- Two eggs, room temperature, beaten.
- One teaspoon vanilla extract or lemon juice (optional for flavor).
Steps to Make Sugar Cookies:
- In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder and mix until combined. Set aside.
- Mix butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, or lemon juice (if desired) and milk with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes or until well blended. Add beaten eggs and continue mixing another 3 minutes at low speed.
- Mix the flour mixture with the sugar mixture in two parts, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl when needed to make sure everything is properly incorporated. The dough will be very soft and sticky. You may need to wet your hands slightly so that you can form the cookies without getting stuck to your hands. Place the dough on a piece of wax paper and shape it into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.
- When you are ready to bake your sugar cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap the disk of dough and place it between two pieces of wax paper on a flat, smooth surface. Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness (the thinner you roll out your dough, the crispier they will bake). Remove the top piece of wax paper and cut dough into shapes using your cookie cutter(s) (. However, if you don’t have cookie cutters, you can just use a sharp knife and cut the dough into squares or rectangles). Place cookies on ungreased baking sheets.
- When all cookies are made, bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. If desired, cool on wire racks before frosting. You can sprinkle your cookies with colored sugar and add a little icing to the top while still warm.
Does Freezing Affect Sugar Cookies?
Freezing your sugar cookie dough is a simple way to store it for later use.
Sugar cookies freeze very well, so there is always time to bake them when you need them.
Freezing the dough allows you to keep all of the ingredients on hand and ready for baking at any given moment.
This recipe makes a lot of cookies which will be great if you have many guests coming over, but will also keep well in the freezer for several months.
If you freeze the dough, make sure that it is in a sealed container or bag and label it with the date.
You can store this dough for up to 3 months in your freezer before using it.
Freezing will not change the taste of your sugar cookies or the way they bake.
When you are ready to bake them, remove the dough from the freezer and allow it to thaw overnight in your refrigerator.
Then follow your recipe as usual for cooking time and any other changes needed.
Freezing is a great way to make sure that you have tasty cookies on hand at all times.
How to Freeze Sugar Cookies?
Sugar cookies are a classic dessert that can be enjoyed year-round.
They are sweet and delicious, making them perfect for almost any occasion.
They can also be frozen, making them great to have around during the holidays when you need to bring treats or gifts to a party or gathering.
Here’s how to freeze sugar cookies:
- Prepare and bake the sugar cookies according to your recipe using a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to make uniform-sized balls of cookie dough. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. If you like, lightly press an indentation in each ball of dough with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
- Place cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
- Remove cookies from the freezer and transfer them to a baggy container with wax paper between each layer of cookies so that you don’t get them stuck together. Return to the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months if sealed properly.
- To bake frozen sugar cookies, remove them from the freezer and leave them on the counter until they reach room temperature, about 30 minutes. Then bake according to your recipe’s instructions.
How to Thaw and Reheat Sugar Cookies?
To thaw your frozen sugar cookies, place them in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.
Then remove and bake according to recipe instructions.
When you are ready to bake your sugar cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove cookies from the refrigerator and remove them from the container.
If you need to, separate any that have stuck together.
Place the cookies on a flat, smooth surface and allow them to rest for 5 minutes at room temperature before baking.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown, but do not overbake, or they will become too dry.
Remove from the oven and cool on wire racks before frosting.
If you want to add colored sugar sprinkles or other decorations, you can do this when your cookies are still hot out of the oven.
To reheat sugar cookies that have been refrigerated or frozen, remove from the container and place them on a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Reheat in the microwave for about 10 seconds before serving.
How to Tell if Frozen Sugar Cookies are Bad?
Frozen sugar cookies are very easy to tell if they have gone bad.
If your sugar cookie dough is not refrigerated, frozen, or turned into cookies and it smells funny or looks odd in any way, tosses it immediately.
Another sign of a bad sugar cookie is frozen dough, but it has off-color or odd-colored areas in the middle.
If you spot any mold growing on your sugar cookie dough while in the freezer, this is a sure sign that it should be tossed.
If you follow good freezing practices, your sugar cookie dough should be fine in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If the cookies are not frozen, and they appear to be bad in any way, find out if you can still use them or toss them immediately.
In conclusion, sugar cookies are a great treat to have on hand, and freezing them is an easy way to make sure you are always ready to bake.
Have fun with your sugar cookie recipes by adding color or other decorations when the cookies come out of the oven.
Sugar cookies are delicious all by themselves or with frosting, so enjoy.