Snickerdoodles are a wonderful cookie that is, for so many people, a staple of the holiday season. You may want to get ahead of things as the holidays approach so is it possible to batch prepare them and pop them in the freezer?
Can You Freeze Snickerdoodles?
Yes, you can freeze snickerdoodles for up to 2 months. The best way to do this is to prepare the dough, shaping portions into tiny balls. Flash freeze those dough balls before transferring them to a freezer bag.
Do Snickerdoodles Freeze Well? Yes
Can You Refreeze Snickerdoodles? Yes
How to Freeze Snickerdoodles
Freezing snickerdoodles couldn’t be easier! There are a couple of different ways that you could do it, but we’re going to run through the method that gets the best results – preparing the dough, before freezing it to bake later:
- Prepare Dough: Using your favourite snickerdoodle cookie recipe, make up a large batch of the cookie dough. The instructions will likely tell you to portion the cookie dough into small balls. Follow the recipe up to this point and then move on.
- Transfer to a Sheet: Once the balls are created, transfer them to a lined baking sheet, with no covering. You may need to use two baking sheets. Transfer the snickerdoodles, on the baking sheets, into the freezer, and keep them in there until they’re solid.
- Bag Up: Transfer the now solid snickerdoodles to a sealable freezer bag, pressing out as much excess air as possible before sealing the bag completely. Having no air in the bag is vital.
- Freeze: Label the bag with the contents (especially if you are freezing different types of biscuit dough) and then place the bag into the freezer carefully.
Once in the freezer, the dough balls can be kept for up to two months. We would advise against keeping them there for any longer than that, as the raising agents will have deteriorated too much to be effective over those two months.
Yes, you can freeze baked snickerdoodles for around 3 months. They will become more brittle and less gooey once frozen baked, however.
3 Tips for Freezing Snickerdoodles
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing snickerdoodles to have the best results:
Remove Excess Air
Make sure to remove as much excess air from the freezer bag before sealing, as the aromatic and flavour compounds within the snickerdoodles will evaporate over time. Removing as much air as possible will prevent this evaporation from taking place too much.
Ensure the Bag is Sealed
Making sure that the bag is sealed is vital. Baking is all about chemistry, and allowing excess air and moisture into the bag by leaving the bag open will ruin the structure of the biscuit dough. The final cookies will not bake very well at all.
Ensure They’re Frozen Solid First
Ensuring that the dough balls are frozen solid before bagging is important – the shape and structure of the cookies will be affected if they get pressed out of shape during the bagging process.
How Long Can You Freeze Snickerdoodles?
You can freeze snickerdoodle dough balls, using the method that we’ve described above, for a maximum of two months.
We would advise against storing them for longer than this, as the raising agents within the snickerdoodles will have lost their effectiveness by then, leaving you with a flat, dense biscuit.
You can keep snickerdoodles in an airtight container for around 2 weeks. They do not need to be kept in the fridge, however.
How Do You Defrost Snickerdoodles?
The best way to defrost snickerdoodle dough frozen in this way is to place the frozen dough balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Once they’re placed onto the baking sheet, transfer the lined sheet into an oven at around 200˚C/400˚F. Once baked for eight to eleven minutes, they will be thawed, baked, and ready to eat.
Can You Refreeze Snickerdoodles?
Yes, you can refreeze snickerdoodles. The cookies can be frozen in an airtight freezer container for around two months.
The best way to defrost them after that, is to place them on the counter for around fifteen minutes to allow them to defrost entirely. Though thawed is typically better, they can be eaten directly from the freezer.
Do Snickerdoodles Freeze Well?
Yes, snickerdoodles do freeze well – whether frozen as dough or as baked cookies, they freeze very well, allowing the snickerdoodles to be a wonderful tasty treat when you do come to eat them.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing snickerdoodles or snickerdoodles in general, then these may help:
We recommend freezing snickerdoodle dough and the resulting cookie is far tastier with a better structure. In fact, once baked, you’ll struggle to tell they were ever frozen in the first place.
Yes, it is possible to freeze chocolate-coated snickerdoodles but they will lose their shine and the chocolate can become a little grainy. Where possible, avoid freezing decorated snickerdoodles.