How Do You Store Bad Cookie Dough?

Most cookie dough can be refrigerated, well-wrapped, for three to five days before baking.

If you want to make it farther in advance, freeze the dough.

See my previous post on freezing cookie dough for more information..

Cookie dough contains raw eggs Eggs are commonly contaminated with Salmonella bacteria ( 1 ). Salmonella infection is characterized by fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping beginning about 12 hours after consuming the contaminated food, and typically lasts up to 7 days ( 1 ).

Because eating raw cookie dough really can make you sick, and not just because it contains raw eggs. In 2009, over 77 people across 30 states got food poisoning after eating prepackaged raw cookie dough. Many experienced vomiting and bloody diarrhea, and some had severe kidney damage.

Can you get salmonella from store bought cookie dough?

Raw eggs can be contaminated with salmonella bacteria, and washing the outside won’t alleviate the risk. … Since most store-bought dough tends to be pasteurized, the risk for salmonella is greatly decreased, though the risk for foodborne illness isn’t. Pro Tip: You can buy special safe-to-eat cookie dough at the store.

In most cases, I prefer to freeze cookie dough over freezing baked cookies. That way, you still get the nice homemade smell and softness of the cookies when they come out of the oven. But if you want to get the whole job done, you can certainly bake the cookies, then freeze them later.

Many cookie recipes call for long refrigeration times, but a finicky dough or a little extra chilling time can result in dough that’s as hard as a rock, and nearly impossible to work with. Merrill recommends putting dough near a warm stove, and pounding it with a rolling pin once it starts to soften.

2 to 4 daysHomemade cookie dough should be stored in small containers in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 days or freeze for 2 months. Alternatively, small quantities of dough can be frozen and thawed in the refrigerator as needed.

COOKIE DOUGH, UNBAKED – HOMEMADE Homemade cookie dough may be kept refrigerated for up to two days; cover with foil or plastic wrap to prevent the dough from drying out. To freeze homemade cookie dough, wrap dough tightly with plastic freezer wrap, or place in heavy-duty freezer bag or airtight freezer container.

Chill the cookie dough balls in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Place the solid and cold cookie dough balls into a labeled zipped-top bag– large or small depending on how much dough you have. Label the bag with the month and the baking temperature and place the bag in the freezer. Freeze cookie dough for up to 3 months.

Why You Need to Chill Your Cookie Dough For starters, chilling prevents cookies from spreading out too quickly once they’re in the oven. If you use a higher fat butter (like Kerrygold), chilling your dough is absolutely essential. Popping your dough in the fridge allows the fats to cool.

Freezing works best for cutout cookies, drop cookies and slice-and-bake cookies because the dough has a firm texture and can withstand more time in the freezer. Store it correctly and it’ll keep for up to three months. Just make sure to label each package of frozen dough with cookie type and date frozen.

“Raw cookie dough contains both raw agriculture and animal products, both of which can carry bacteria which may be harmful to us,” she told CBS News. “If you eat raw cookie dough, it’s not to say you will absolutely get sick, but you raise your risk significantly in taking that gamble.”

You can store cookie dough in the refrigerator for two days. Place the cookie dough in an airtight container, such as a plastic snap-top container or a plastic bag. If desired, roll the cookie dough into a log and wrap with plastic — it’ll be easy to slice later.

two weeksWe always recommend using products within the Best By Date stamped on the package. Our Edible Cookie Dough can be enjoyed for up to two weeks after opening, if opened before the best by date and kept refrigerated.

As little as 30 minutes in your fridge or freezer can help your cookie brown better, spread less, and develop a richer chewy texture. … The colder your dough is before it heads into the oven, the less it will spread during baking, which makes for loftier cookies.

To Freeze Unbaked Cookie Dough Cut-Outs:Form the dough discs. Shape the dough with your hands into a flat 1-inch-thick disc. … Wrap tightly. Tightly wrap the dough with plastic wrap or reusable beeswrap, making sure that every part of the surface is covered to prevent freezer burn.Freeze. Freeze for up to 3 months.

The most obvious way to tell if your cookie dough has gone bad is to look at it. If it has grown any mold, then you can safely trash that dough and work on another batch. You will also notice that the edges start to discolor and turn darker as they go bad—they will likely be hard instead of doughy as well.

Now that your cookies are properly stored, eat as many as you can or try one of these tricks to help you use your leftover cookies.1 – Freeze the Cookie Dough. … 2 – Make a Pie Crust. … 3 – Make Ice Cream Toppings. … 4 – Chocolate Bark With Cookie Pieces. … 5 – Make Cookie Brownies. … 6 – Make Cookie Butter.More items…•