Two to four hours applies to cookie dough left out at room temperature. … The biggest thing to watch for is food poisoning if you leave your cookie dough out for too long. Bacteria can grow on the surface of foods when left out on the counter, especially foods like cookie dough.
Edible cookie dough should not be left out of the fridge for more than two hours. Leaving perishable food at a temperature of 40-140F for over two hours increases the chance of sickness resulting from bacteria growth.
Why You Need to Chill Your Cookie Dough
Popping your dough in the fridge allows the fats to cool. As a result, the cookies will expand more slowly, holding onto their texture. If you skip the chilling step, you’re more likely to wind up with flat, sad disks instead of lovely, chewy cookies.
In general, baked cookies will be fine at room temperature for about five days, but only if stored correctly. For most kinds of cookies, there are essentially two ways to store them: in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer.
As a general rule of thumb, you should refrigerate cookie dough for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours. … Once the dough has chilled, let it warm up at room temperature until it’s just pliable (about five to ten minutes); letting it get to be too warm will defeat the purpose of chilling the dough at all.
Chilling cookie dough before baking solidifies the fat in the cookies. As the cookies bake, the fat in the chilled cookie dough takes longer to melt than room-temperature fat. And the longer the fat remains solid, the less cookies spread.
How long does it take for refrigerated cookie dough to come to room temperature? Once the dough has chilled, let it warm up at room temperature until it’s just pliable (about five to ten minutes); letting it get to be too warm will defeat the purpose of chilling the dough at all.
How to Soften Chilled Cookie Dough
- Merrill recommends putting dough near a warm stove, and pounding it with a rolling pin once it starts to soften.
- Trena cuts the dough into smaller pieces using a pastry cutter, figuring that they will come to room temperature faster.
To be safe, you should not consume cookie dough that is past its expiration date, but you can consume it up to 1-2 months past its best-by date, if stored properly.
How can you tell if dough has gone bad?
Are The Crusts and Dough Good to Go?
- A sour smell.
- Diminished texture.
- An exceptionally dry feel and appearance.
- A general gray color or flecks of gray that denote dead yeast activators, failed cell structure, and/or freezer burn.