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21 December 2010 @ 03:06 pm
cookie dough in my fridge.  
I made cookies for my daughter's class cookie exchange last Wednesday night. It was really late at night, so as soon as I had a couple dozen for her class, I wrapped the rest in a log in clingwrap & stuck it in the fridge. It has been on the top shelf of the fridge since then, near frozen... but I've been too busy to bake them off.

I've googled how long cookie dough is good for in the fridge, but have come up with answers that vary from 24 hours to 3 weeks...

3 weeks seems questionable, but feel like under a week might still be okay. Normally i just freeze it, but the holidays got the better of me.

What say you, domestic ones?
Ugly Like Her Mamaginky on December 21st, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Bake a batch, if it tastes funny, don't bake anymore. The likelihood that it's spoiled is pretty low, but it may have some funky flavor it picked up from the fridge.
tiffanypixievixen on December 21st, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
this is what i am thinking... i kinda doubt it's picked up anything from the fridge, as it was super wrapped, but who knows. i just hate to waste it... they are very yummy cookies.
Non sono stato io: PowerPuff Girlscheez_ball on December 21st, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
I say bake it anyways and see if the results are yummy. :-)

If it's turned it would smell rather...unpleasant.
m0rbidm00nm0rbidm00n on December 21st, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
what everyone else said. you should be fine, but cook a test batch up (maybe just a few) and if you don't feel bad after eating, make more. hahah :)
Stef: x-mas\\snowflake cookiesmorningapproach on December 22nd, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
Go for it. I would use it myself :)
laplorlaplor on December 22nd, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
In my experience, if cookie dough is 'off' you will know a few minutes after putting it in the oven because it will have an odour, but not a yummy cookies odour.

Far as I can see, you have nothing to lose. If the cookies reek, don't eat them, but if they don't - yay, cookies!
bluefalconchickbluefalconchick on December 22nd, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
Ooooo. Should be fine-I've done this for snickerdoodles, chocolate chip cookies, and sugar cookies and used them within ten days.

However, I am hoping you might can help me out here-I always refrigerate my leftover dough....But around Halloween, I didn't have the room in the fridge, so I tossed some leftover sugar cookie dough in the chest freezer. I've never frozen homemade cookie dough before.....How do I thaw it? Is it still okay to use? I mean, after all, this was over a month ago...
Margotceltic_catgirl on December 22nd, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Should be just fine. Either let it thaw in the fridge or if it is already shaped you can just put it on a baking sheet and bake from frozen. IMO, Most cookie batter bakes better if it is cooler when it goes in the oven.
why's everything gotta be so intense with mecoendou on December 22nd, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
The only really perishable things in a lot of cookie recipes are eggs and butter, both of which are good way longer than a week in the fridge.

Like others have said, if it smells and tastes ok, it's ok.
beeinbeaker on December 22nd, 2010 08:51 am (UTC)
I did the same thing this year with (sugar) cookie dough. Because my recipe called for eggs, it recommends that you keep it in the fridge for no more than two-three days, any time after that needs to go in the freezer until you're ready to use it (risk of salmonella, etc).

You mentioned it being near-frozen, the recipe also recommends to let it sit 20-30 minutes at room temperature to get a normal "chilled dough-like consistency" before baking. That way you can roll it, use cutters, etc and it's still at a safe temperature to avoid any kind of bacterias.

Hope this helped!
swampfayeswampfaye on December 22nd, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
I know that in a freezer your cookie dough could last 2 months, and the only problem after that would probably be that it would be freezer burned, dried out and would taste like freezer (not that it would be spoiled). I would think 3 weeks at near freezing is probably good.
The Mystical Forestzaxwrit on December 22nd, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
I think it's fine and admire your discipline for keeping it around and not gobbling it up :)