8 Delicious Things to Do With Leftover Cookies or Cookie Dough

Cookies are delicious treats in and of themselves, but there are so many ways to make use of leftover cookies, or even the raw cookie dough itself. Whether you have a batch of homemade cookies or a package of frozen premade cookies, these ideas will help you put them to good use. There’s no shame in having extra cookies or cookie dough lying around. In fact, it happens to the best of us. And that’s okay—these recipes are here to help you use up those leftovers so they don’t go to waste. Cookies can be frozen in airtight containers or freezer bags for up to three months. Raw cookie dough can be frozen for up to three months, too.

How to Store Cookies

How to Store Cookies
How to Store Cookies

Whatever you intend to do with your cookies, you should always keep them properly. This will help your cookies stay fresher for longer.

Even if you have extra cookies, you want them to keep as fresh as possible. So, once your cookies have been removed from the oven and completely cooled, follow these storage instructions.

  • Place the cookies in an airtight jar with a lid. Keep strong-flavored cookies, such as gingerbread or peanut butter cookies, away from the milk cookies (like sugar cookies). The ideal solution is to give each type of cookie its own container.
  • In the jar with the cookies, place a piece of white bread. This will absorb any excess moisture in the container and keep the cookies from becoming soggy.
  • Keep the cookies at room temperature, completely sealed, for 1-2 weeks. The cookies can also be stored in the fridge for 2-3 weeks or frozen for around 2 months.
  • If you intend to freeze the cooked cookies, take especially careful to seal the cookie container—you don’t want the freezer’s cold air to dry them out!

Do delicious things with leftover cookies

Delicious Things to Do With Leftover Cookies or Cookie Dough
Delicious Things to Do With Leftover Cookies or Cookie Dough

Now that you’ve properly kept your cookies, eat as many as you can or try one of these ways to help you use up your leftover cookies.

Make Some Cookie Butter

Cookie Butter
Cookie Butter

The combination of sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips is known as “cookie butter,” and it’s a wildly popular flavor in Europe and on the other side of the Atlantic. While you can buy it premade, it’s incredibly easy to make your own using leftover chocolate chip cookies.

First, pulse the cookies in a food processor until they’re broken down into very small crumbs. Add the sweetened condensed milk and pulse until combined. You’ll need to stop periodically to scrape down the sides of the processor bowl so that everything incorporates evenly.

Place the cookie butter into an airtight container or jar and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. You’ll need to stir it every once in a while while it’s refrigerating so that it doesn’t separate.

If you have a large batch of cookies, make sure to use the larger size of chocolate chip if you plan to use this recipe, because smaller chips will sink below the surface when the cookie butter is stirred.

Bake a batch of cookies just to smother in it

Spread marshmallow fluff on one side of a cookie and sandwich it with another. Or spread it on the bottom half of the cookie and sandwich it with another cookie to make s’mores in cookie form.

Or better yet, take the easy route and buy the pre-made stuff in a jar from the grocery store. Spread some on top of a cold leftover cookie and you’ve got an instant snack.

Sprinkle it over ice cream for a sweet, crunchy topping.

Spread peanut butter on a cold leftover chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookie, then sandwich with a fresh, cold slice of banana. Try it with other nut butters, too—cashew butter or almond butter would be especially good—as well as other fruits like strawberries or raspberries, or even mango slices.

Make Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Baking a batch of cookies is fun, but it can also be a chore. It’s a lot of work to preheat the oven, mix up the cookie dough, and then wait for the cookies to bake. But with this recipe, you don’t even have to wait for the cookies to cool; you can use them in ice cream!

This recipe for cookie dough ice cream takes about 15 minutes to make, including chilling time. The ice cream base is made by cooking sweetened condensed milk with a bit of vanilla extract and salt. Then add in chopped up cookies and stir until they are incorporated into the milk mixture. After that, pour the ice cream base into an airtight container and freeze until firm, about 8 hours.

You can certainly use homemade cookies for this recipe—homemade chocolate chip are especially good in ice cream—but you can also use store-bought cookies or any leftover baked or unbaked cookies that you have lying around. This recipe is also delicious with crushed Oreos stirred in.

Swirl in a little cookie dough into your ice cream. It’s heavenly.

You don’t have to let your leftover cookies go to waste—these recipes will help you put them to good use. Whether you want to make some cookies or create a new dessert with the leftover dough, there are plenty of fun ways to use up the extra treats lying around.

Make an ice cream sandwich with two cookies and a scoop of your favorite ice cream. You can place the ice cream between two cookies and press them together, or layer one on top of the other.

You can also swirl cookie dough into your ice cream as you make it (or after you’ve frozen it). Whisk in a few tablespoons of raw cookie dough into the soft-serve frozen treat, or fold in some melted chocolate chip cookie dough once the vanilla ice cream is frozen.

If you have a batch of homemade cookies that didn’t get eaten, don’t throw them away—just wrap them up in airtight containers or resealable bags and freeze them so they don’t go bad. You can also freeze leftover raw cookie dough in an airtight container for up to three months if you don’t want to bake more cookies right away.

Make Cookies From Scratch

Who needs an excuse to make cookies from scratch? There are plenty of reasons to reach for the dough hooks and the mixing bowl, though. For starters, you can mix any of your favorite cookie ingredients into the dough.

For example, say you have a few chocolate chips left over from a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Instead of tossing them, add them to the new batch of dough. Or maybe you want to add some walnuts or almonds along with more chocolate chips. There’s no end to the combinations you can create.

Or maybe you have some fresh cranberries sitting around, and you just can’t think of anything better to do with them than put them into a cookie? Well, here’s your chance! Add the cranberries or other fresh fruit (such as blueberries or even diced apples) to your dough and see what delicious concoction comes out of it.

Maybe you have some frozen berries that are dying for a purpose. Instead of throwing them away, add them to your cookie dough and see what unique flavor comes out!

Breadcrumbs replacer in recipes

Cookie dough can be used instead of breadcrumbs in recipes. Or, cookie dough can be cooked on its own, then topped with sprinkles for something completely new and different.

If you have leftover cookie dough and you’re looking for a way to use it up, consider replacing breadcrumbs in your next recipe with cookie dough. The same way you would use breadcrumbs to add texture to meatloaf or meatballs, you can also use cookie dough in pretty much the same way.

The easiest way to do this is to divide the cookie dough into tablespoon-sized pieces and flatten them with the palm of your hand (or the bottom of a drinking glass) so they resemble flattened mini-biscuits. You can then sprinkle them with a bit of salt and toss them into your meatloaf or meatballs along with the breadcrumbs. You’ll get a nice textural contrast from both the cookie dough bits and the breadcrumbs, which will add new dimensions of flavor as well.

Alternatively, roll out any leftover dough on a floured surface (or between two pieces of parchment paper) until it’s about 1/4-inch thick. Cut out shapes using a small cookie cutter, then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes (just as you would regular cookies), until the edges are just barely browned. Sprinkle with some powdered sugar while they’re still warm, then let cool on a wire rack before serving.

Make Cake Batter Cookie Dough

Make Cake Batter Cookie Dough
Make Cake Batter Cookie Dough

When you want to bake, but don’t want to commit to making a full batch of cookies, a solution that is becoming increasingly popular is to make cake batter cookie dough. The premise is simple: you add all the ingredients for a basic cake batter (vanilla extract, oil, and an egg) to raw cookie dough, then scoop out and bake as usual. The result is a soft, cake-like cookie that tastes like a cross between a traditional cookie and a cupcake.

While you can make this variation with any type of cookie dough (including the classic chocolate chip kind), it works best with homemade dough since the commercial kind tends to be too stiff and dry for this purpose. You can even use premade frozen cookies for this—simply defrost them overnight in your refrigerator and add the dry ingredients directly to the pre-heated oven when you start your regular recipe.

If you opt to use homemade or frozen commercial cookies, allow them to come to room temperature before you begin.

This is a childhood favorite of many people—cake batter flavored cookie dough. It’s a must-try!

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 10 to 12 minutes

If you have a batch of homemade cookies on hand, or if you have a stash of frozen store-bought cookies, you can easily turn them into the perfect cake batter-flavored cookies. All you need is a quick batch of cake batter dip to dip each cookie in.

For the cake batter dip, whisk together 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1 tablespoon milk until well blended. If the milk makes the sugar clump, add a few drops of milk while you’re whisking. Once the sugar is well blended with the cocoa powder, add 2 Tablespoons of Marshmallow Fluff or vanilla extract to the sugar-cocoa powder mixture. Whisk until well blended.

To use the dip, place your cookies on a plate and place in the freezer for about five minutes to help the dip firm up a little. This will make it easier for you to dip each cookie without making a mess. Once your cookies are dipped and set on a wire rack to cool, serve immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

Put That Cookie Dough to Work

The Homemade Chipwich: Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich
The Homemade Chipwich: Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

The truth is, homemade cookie dough is just as delicious as the finished product. In fact, many people prefer eating it this way because it eliminates the threat of over-baking.

Make a batch of cookie dough, then take out individual portions for the kids’ after-school snack or for your own mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Add in some chips or M&Ms for an extra burst of color and flavor.

If you have homemade cookies left over, you can also use them to make ice cream sandwiches! Simply layer two cookies with a scoop of your favorite ice cream in between. Layering your cookies with a lesser-quality ice cream like discount supermarket brands will hide any imperfections or dry spots. Layer the top cookie with a premium brand and you’ll get a rich, creamy finish.

You can also crumble up leftover cookies and turn them into cookie dough truffles. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then roll the cookie pieces into balls and place them on the sheet. Freeze them for 15 minutes, then roll them in melted chocolate chips or chopped nuts, pressing the toppings into the balls to help them stick. Finally, freeze the truffles again until they’re firm, about 15 more minutes.

Make some cookie dough balls and freeze them for later use. Just microwave them for 30 seconds to warm them up.

There’s no shame in having extra cookies or cookie dough lying around. In fact, it happens to the best of us. And that’s okay—these recipes are here to help you use up those leftovers so they don’t go to waste.

Ice-cream sandwich

You know how much you love eating ice cream with a chocolate chip cookie? Well, you can make your own treat by putting some raw chocolate chip cookie dough in the center of an ice cream sandwich. Just place a scoop of ice cream on either side of the raw cookie dough and then wrap the sandwich in parchment paper and freeze it until it is solid. Then enjoy!

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda with a wire whisk until well-blended.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup oil, 2 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and 2 eggs until smooth.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until a smooth batter forms; don’t overmix. If desired, add nuts or chocolate chips at this time and mix gently into the batter.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.

Drop heaping tablespoon-sized dollops of batter onto prepared sheets at least 2 inches apart (they will spread while baking).

Bake one sheet at a time at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges and cooked through in the center; if using two sheets, switch their positions halfway through baking time (for even baking).

Cool on baking sheets for 3-4 minutes before transferring to cooling racks with spatulas to cool completely. Yield: 24 cookies

Toss That Cookie Dough Into the Mix

Turn that leftover raw cookie dough into a tasty new treat! It’s the perfect addition to a batch of homemade or boxed brownies or blondie bars. Simply stir the dough into the batter (or add the dough on top after you spread the batter in the pan). You can also make chocolate chip cookie bars by spreading a batch of raw cookie dough over a prepared pan lined with foil or parchment paper, then topping with a layer of prepared brownies, and baking as directed.

Another idea is to use it to make a new batch of whoopie pies. Stir the dough into your frosting to add some extra flavor. You can also spread some on half of your sandwich cookies to make delicious sandwich cookies with cookie dough filling.

You might also want to consider making something sweet with that leftover dough—like these adorable chocolate chip cookie pops, which are perfect for kids’ parties!

Cookie dough can be used instead of breadcrumbs when making meatballs or meatloaf, or it can be cooked on its own and served like a fritter with a dipping sauce.

If you have leftover cookie dough, you can use it in place of breadcrumbs when making meatballs or meatloaf. Simply mix the raw dough with a bit of milk until it becomes cohesive and then form into golf ball-sized balls. Bake them for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees until the tops are browned and the insides are no longer raw.

Leftover cookie dough can also be formed into patties and cooked in a skillet like pancakes or fritters with a dipping sauce. They can also be baked in an oven-safe dish with a little butter or oil for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Raw cookie dough can also be eaten on its own (don’t forget the ice cream!), but there are many other things you can do with it. It makes a delicious topping for ice cream (just don’t eat too much) and can be pressed into a pan and chilled to make cookie bars.

Bottom line

From cookie dough ice cream sandwiches to homemade rocky road, the possibilities for what to do with leftover cookies or cookie dough are endless. With these delicious recipes, you can use up every last bit of your cookies and cookie dough while creating something new and exciting. Not only is it a great way to avoid food waste and save money, but it’s also a great excuse to get creative in the kitchen.

Whether you’re baking cookies from scratch or using store-bought cookie dough, these recipes will help you turn your leftovers into delightful treats that everyone will love.