This Is Why You Should Be Chilling Your Cookie Dough Overnight

You'll be surprised what a difference it makes!

IMAGE Patrick Martires

Did you know that chilling cookie dough before baking makes a big difference? It is standard procedure when making cookies, especially when making crinkles, sugar cookies, and chocolate chip cookies. 


Chilling solidifies the butter or shortening used in the dough so the consistency of the dough hardens and you can easily roll the dough easier. Since the butter has hardened again and no longer soft, it also takes the butter longer to melt once in the oven. This makes for taller, chunkier cookies and won’t result in cookies that spread too fast becoming flat cookies.



However, there’s another reason why chilling the dough, for as long as overnight, is a good idea: it also helps develop flavor. Just like an adobo or a menudo tastes better the next day or even in a few days, cookie dough also develops more flavor as it rests. Chewy cookie lovers will also find that cookies baked after an overnight chill will not only have a pronounced caramel flavor from the brown sugar, it will be more chewy, too. 



More from
Chewy chocolate cookies coated in confectioner's sugar make for the perfect fudgy snack or dessert.

More from
Ube + crinkles = happiness in a cookie


Plus, chilling the dough allows the flour to absorb more of the other ingredients into it, creating a dough that’s not only more homogenous but also more flavorful and a bit sweeter too than you originally intended because the sugars have had time to actually melt into the wet dough.


If you don’t have as much time as overnight needs, as little as a 30-minute chill makes a difference in flavor and texture of the cookie you’re baking.



Letting your cookies sit in the refrigerator or the freezer allows you to make cookies ahead of time. No more frenzied batter making when you have guests and friends coming over or just want to have cookie right here, right now.


So the next time you’re making cookie dough, give it some time and see what a difference time makes on your cookie.


More from
Plus, you won't need to chill your dough before baking.

More from
Love cookies? We spill on the baking secrets you should know.

More from

More from
Use this recipe to make two new desserts: double chocolate chip and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!


Comments. Join the discussion below!

These Are The Easy Cakes You Can Make That Don't Need Any Frosting

You don't need any fancy frosting to make dessert delicious.

Steamed Shrimp With Sesame Mayo Dip Recipe

There is nothing quite like perfectly cooked shrimp to dip into a delicious, umami-packed dip.

We Found A Brownie Mug Mix, Instant Macaroni + New Grocery Finds

Merienda and midnight snack just got more interesting!

WATCH: This Cake Is Covered In Layers of Creamy Yema

Thickened condensed milk makes this layer chiffon cake irresistible!
Load More