Food Snacks

Cookie Dough


At this time of the year, many of us are time poor and we’re always on the lookout for helpful kitchen tips that can lighten the load in the lead up to Christmas.  So with that in mind, why don’t we delve into the delicious topic of Cookie Dough!


Who doesn’t like a cookie/biscuit with their cuppa?  The great thing about cookie dough is that it can be frozen beforehand, and taken out and baked at short notice.

Having cookie dough in the freezer ready to cook will save you time and money.  And let’s not forget your sanity when a guest shows up unexpectedly or the kids ask for a friend to come over after school.  This usually happens when you’re at the end of your shopping week and there’s nothing left in the cupboards or the fridge!


To ensure your cookie dough freezes well,  the dough needs to be butter rich (not good for the waist line, but heavenly on the lips!).  It’s not a good idea to freeze a cakey dough as it doesn’t usually defrost well unless it’s cooked first.


Once you’ve made up your dough, you can freeze it a few different ways:

  1. Roll the dough into a log and tightly wrap in cling wrap (plastic wrap).  Pop it straight into the freezer and freeze for up to 3 months.
  2. Roll into individual balls, place on a tray and chill in the fridge for an hour.  Place the chilled dough into a ziplock bag, expel all the air and freeze for up to 3 months.
  3. Bake as per recipe, then cool completely. Place cookies into a ziplock bag, expel all the air and freeze for up to 4 weeks.


To cook your cookies, either defrost the dough and bake as per your original recipe.  Or you can cook them from frozen allowing an extra minute or two in the oven.


Here are some easy recipes that we love and freeze really well, as either a dough or baked cookie.



Choc Chip


  • 125g butter
  • 1egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ cups self-raising flour
  • choc chips

These are such a crowd favourite that everybody loves. I love being able to pull out a frozen roll and make a batch anytime I like. This recipe freezes really well and are so tasty once baked.

Great cookie to have on hand anytime of year not just at Christmas time.

(For the full Recipe Scroll to the Bottom)

Choc Chip Cookie Recipe



Basic Sugar Dough

This recipe is really versatile and you can add any other flavours you like.  Why not try:

  • Choc chips
  • Nuts
  • Cocoa (for that chocolate hit)


  • 125g butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • ¼ cup custard powder

The versatile recipe is great to have on hand, it makes it easy to change the flavour even after you have thawed it. Just make sure its completely thawed then mix in well any other flavour you like. I love being able to divide the dough up and mix in choc chips and nuts. Although they are a crowd favourite left as is and topped with butter icing. Great for that mid morning coffee break.

(For the full Recipe Scroll to the Bottom)

Suger Cookie Recipe



Gingerbread Biscuits

(can’t forget the gingerbread biscuits this time of year)


  • 125g butter
  • ⅓ cup golden syrup
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

I actually like to make these all year round, I just love a great ginger biscuit with my morning coffee. So much better than cereal. Not so healthy I know but nothing beats a good gingerbread biscuit.

Gingerbread cookie Recipe



The great thing about these recipes is that you can make up multiple batches of any of the above cookie doughs and freeze them so they’re ready to go throughout the holiday period.  We hope you enjoy our time saver on Freezing Cookie Dough…….


In case you missed it, check out our other posts on freezing vegetables and freezing fruit.


Shortbread Sugar Cookies

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Shortbread Sugar Cookies
Calories: 502kcal
Author: Homebasics101


  • 125 g butter
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1 Egg
  • 11/2 cups Plain Flour
  • 1/4 cup Custard Powder


  • Beat the egg and sugar together until light and creamy. Add the vanilla and stir.
  • Sift in the flour and custard powder, and mix until a soft dough is made.
  • Freeze dough by rolling it up in Cling wrap or make into balls place on a tray freeze for hour before placing in a zip lock back or airtight container for freezer.
  • or bake at 180ᵒC for 12 minutes.

Gingerbread cookies

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Gingerbreadcookies
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Homebasics101


  • 125 g butter
  • 1/3 Cup golden syrup
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup self-raising flour
  • 2 Cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


  • Place butter, golden syrup and sugar into a microwave safe bowl and cook on high for 1 minute or until melted. Allow to cool.
  • Sift flours, cinnamon and ground ginger into a bowl, mixing well
  • Add the golden syrup liquid to the flour mixture, mix well.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla, and stir to combine.
  • Freeze Dough
  • or bake at 180ᵒC for 10-12 minutes.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Calories: 488kcal
Author: Homebasics101


  • 125 g butter choc chips
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essance
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 11/2 cups self-raising flour
  • Choc chips As much or as little as you like


  • Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
  •  Add in the egg and vanilla, and stir to combine.
  •  Sift in the flour and add the choc chips, stirring to combine.
  • Freeze
  • or bake at 180ᵒC for 10-12 minutes





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