Get together with friends to prep Christmas cookie dough to freeze! Each person goes home with a batch of each type of cookie dough that they can bake when needed for holiday parties or gatherings.
Last year one of my girlfriends came up with the idea of getting together to make Christmas cookie dough to freeze. In one fun evening, we made the dough for several different types of cookies, rolled into balls and put into freezer bags.
I shared all about our Christmas cookie freezer-prep party on my Instagram stories last year and everyone was going crazy about it! So this year we did it again and I’m sharing all about how you can host your own party too.
We each got to take a bag of every type of cookie home to put in our freezers. Whenever we had a holiday party or gathering (or just wanted a cookie!) we could take a few out and bake. It was so helpful for me to have on hand for the holiday season!
How to Plan Your Party
Start by inviting guests and choosing what types of cookies to make. We decided on 5 different types of cookies this year (I’ll share the links below). At the party, we divided into teams and each team made 1 type of cookie dough.
You’ll want to make one batch each type of cookie for each person. We had 10 people and made 5 different types of cookies so that was 50 batches total!
Print out all of the recipes and then make a master list of all the ingredients you will need. We found it was easiest if one person shopped for all the ingredients and then we split the cost at the party.
It’s also helpful to have 1 stand mixer and a set of measuring cups and spoons for each type of dough you want to make. We had several people bring their KitchenAid mixers so that we had one for each team.
Choosing Your Cookie Recipes
Choose 3-5 cookie recipes to make. Cookies that are rolled into balls before baking are best. Most cookies like that can be frozen easily and can be baked from frozen. This article about How to Freeze Cookie Dough is helpful if you aren’t sure!
Here are the 5 cookie recipes we chose this year:
- Andes Mint Chocolate Cookies from A Savory Feast
- Gingerdoodles from Cookies and Cups
- Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
- Christmas Monster Cookies from Dinner at the Zoo
- Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies from Inside Bru Crew Life
Some of these cookies call for ingredients that are added after baking (the Andes Mint cookies have a white chocolate drizzle). For these, we filled a baggie with the ingredients needed and instructions for adding it when it after baking.
Setting up Your Party
Set up a station for each type of cookie. You can have all of the shared ingredients such as flour, sugar, and butter in one central spot and put any items that are specific to one type of cookie by it’s station.
Prepare the freezer bags ahead of time to make things faster and easier. Write the baking instructions for each type of cookie on a gallon freezer bag. Repeat so you have enough for each guest to have a bag of every type of cookie dough.
If any of your cookie recipes have an ingredient that may be time consuming to prep, you might want to do it ahead of time. For example, for the Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies we made the cranberries had to be chopped up so our host did that before the party.
If you have cookies that call for ingredients to be added after baking, create small bags with those ingredients as explained above.
Be sure to set out butter to soften before the party!
At the Party
Once all the guests have arrived, divide into teams and assign a type of cookie dough to each team.
Each team will make batch after batch of their assigned cookie dough (depending on the size of your mixer you may be able to make double batches).
When a batch is mixed up, the team will roll the cookie dough into balls and put into the prepared freezer bags. Store the bags in the freezer as you fill them up.
When all the batches of cookie dough has been made, divide up the bags so that each guest goes home with a bag of each type of cookie dough.
Baking Your Cookies
Now every guest has a freezer packed with Christmas cookie dough! The baking temperature and instructions are written on the freezer bags so that they can easily see how to bake each cookie.
Any time during the holiday season, you can have freshly baked Christmas cookies! Just take a few cookies out and bake.
I found that this was so helpful to have Christmas cookie dough ready for any party that I went to, or for when we had guests over for dinner. And of course there were several times we just baked up a couple of cookies for a treat one evening!
Did you throw a Christmas Cookie Freezer-Prep Party? I would love to hear how yours went! Leave a comment below or tag me @asavoryfeast in your social media posts.