Shelf Life of
Cookie Dough

How Long Does Cookie Dough Last?

How Long Does Cookie Dough Last?

Cookie Dough Shelf Life

Cookie dough – How long does cookie dough last? The shelf life of cookie dough depends on a variety of factors, such as the sell by date, the preparation method and how the cookie dough was stored. Because of its relatively low cost, high calorie density, and sweet flavor cookie dough is one of the most sought after baking products. You can purchase your cookie dough refrigated, frozen or make it fresh all resulting in different expiration dates. So, how long does cookie dough last? When properly stored, the shelf life of cookie dough past its sell by date is approximately …

(Unopened) Counter Fridge Freezer
Past Date Past Date Past Date
Pillsbury Cookie Dough lasts for 2-4 Hours 2 Weeks 6-12 Months
Frozen Cookie Dough lasts for 2-4 Hours 1-2 Weeks 9-12 Months
Homemade Cookie Dough lasts for 2-4 Hours 3-5 Days 6-12 Months



Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, cookie dough, like a lot of other grains, usually has a best by date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely eat it even after the best before date date has lapsed.

How to tell if cookie dough is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Most cookie dough contains raw eggs. Therefore, caution must be taken with cookie dough, since raw eggs are often associated with salmonella and e-coli, both very dangerous forms of bacteria, [1]. Although it is hard to keep your fingers out of a fresh batch of cookie dough, it is dangerous to consume because of the raw eggs. A few cookie recipes do not contain eggs, so depending on what other ingredients are in the recipe, it may be safe if left on the counter but it is still best to be on the safe side and keep it refrigerated.
As cookie dough begins to go bad the edges will begin to turn a darker color than the interior as oxidation occurs. The taste will be off if the cookie dough is left too long. Spoiled cookie dough may also give off a rancid odor and become moldy if left too long. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled cookie dough, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your cookie dough prior to its eat by date.

How to store cookie dough to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. You can help cookie dough keep fresh by refrigerating it in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Try to put your cookie dough into the smallest container possible so there is less room for air in the container.
For a long-term option, you can freeze your cookie dough while preserving its taste if you use an air-tight freezer safe container. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long is cookie dough good for when prepared in a dish?

How long does cookie dough last? That depends. How long do eggs last? In general, cookie dough lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Grains, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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What are our shelf life resources?

Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of cookie dough.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the cookie dough shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!