Freezing biscuits and cookies

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Freezing biscuits and cookies
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The freezer is truly a biscuit baker's friend. You can easily freeze almost any biscuit and cookie without sacrificing quality. Read on for tips and techniques on how to freeze both baked biscuits and cookies, as well as unbaked dough.

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Freezing baked biscuits and cookies

Freezing baked biscuits and cookies is a fabulous way to preserve their freshness. It's hard to find a baked biscuit or cookie that doesn't freeze well. Simply use these tips when freezing anything from shortbread biscuits to chocolate chip cookies:
  • Baked cookies and biscuits will keep in the freezer for up to 3 or 4 weeks.
  • Always freeze once the biscuits or cookies have cooled completely.
  • Double-wrap the biscuits securely in cling film, place in a freezer bag and write the date and the type of biscuit on the outside of the bag.
  • You can also freeze in a plastic container, separating layers with sheets of greaseproof paper.
  • When you are ready to eat your frozen biscuits, just leave them out for approximately half an hour to let them come to room temperature. For impatient types, pop them in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds. (Times will differ depending on the size of biscuit or cookie you're defrosting.)
  • Try freezing biscuits and cookies in individual portions, then simply throwing them into a lunchbox for a mid-day treat. They'll have defrosted by the time you're ready to enjoy them (unless you get peckish on the bus!).

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Freezing biscuit and cookie dough

Most biscuit and cookie doughs freeze extremely well and can be kept frozen for up to 4 or 6 weeks. Use these tips for freezing:
  • Double-wrap dough in cling film to prevent freezer burn and the absorption of odors from your freezer.
  • Write the type of biscuit or cookie dough and the date it was frozen on the outside of the packet.
  • When you are ready to bake, simply let the dough defrost in the refrigerator. Defrosting a large ball of dough will take several hours, so plan ahead.
  • Try rolling the dough into a 2-4cm log, then freezing. You can cut slices off the log as and when you want fresh-baked biscuits or cookies. You can place the slices directly in the oven and bake from frozen.

These biscuit and cookie doughs freeze the best:

  • Shortbread biscuits
  • Gingerbread biscuits
  • Ginger nuts
  • Butter biscuits
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Peanut butter cookies

Avoid freezing any dough for a biscuit or cookie recipe that is described as 'cake-like', or which is light and airy like a meringue. If in doubt, bake the biscuits or cookies first, then freeze once they've cooled completely.

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