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The FoodSaver® FM3941 Vacuum Sealing System and the FoodSaver® Bags and Rolls Value Pack will be my secret to success and less stress this holiday baking season. Learning how to freeze cookie dough with a vacuum sealer is easy and you’ll get the hang of it quickly.
The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming! You can almost feel the pressure and stress creeping up on you as your things-to-do list, places-to-go list, and people-to-see list grows daily. Stepping back and finding places in your life to save time is important. I start by saving time in my kitchen.
How can you save time baking desserts around the holidays?
There is always a reason to bake– cookie exchanges, homemade gifts, teachers’ luncheons, potluck parties, family gatherings, visitors who stop by. You couldn’t possibly keep the joy in baking and cater to all of those needs at the same time.
Freezing cookie dough ahead of time and then baking as and when you need cookies is a great strategy. The FoodSaver® FM3941 Vacuum Sealing System and the FoodSaver® Bags and Rolls Value Pack will be my secret to success and less stress this holiday baking season. FoodSaver® is the number 1 Vacuum Sealing solution in the US.
The FoodSaver® FM3941 comes with 1 vacuum seal roll (11 in x 10ft), 12 vacuum seal quart bags, 10 vacuum seal gallon bags, 12 vacuum seal zipper quart bags, and 10 vacuum seal zipper gallon bags.
- Built-in, easy to use Fresh Handheld Sealer makes refrigerator preservation fast and easy in addition to keeping food fresh in the freezer with airtight vacuum seal bags and rolls.
- Making and cutting bags is easy with dedicated roll storage and a built-in cutter
The FoodSaver® Bags and Rolls Value Pack comes with 3 vacuum seal rolls, 36 heat seal pre-cut quart size bags, and 2 easy seal & peel rolls. They are best for long-term freezer storage, blocking out air and helping to prevent freezer burn.
How do you make a bag with the FoodSaver® FM3941?
The full instructions can be found in the owner’s manual. Here you’ll see how I followed those directions.
- Place a vacuum seal roll in the FoodSaver® FM 3941 and pull it to the edge.
- Press the SEAL button to seal the end of the bag.
- Open the lid and pull the roll out to whatever length you’d like.
- Close the lid. Press the SEAL button to make a seal for the next bag. Use the bag cutter tool to slide across the first bag to cut it.
- Now you have your bag ready to go.
- Place frozen rounds of cookie dough into your bag. Read below to see how to properly prepare the frozen rounds of cookie dough.
How do you prepare the cookie dough before using the FoodSaver® FM3941?
- Cookie dough should be made per the recipe and then scooped out onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Spray the bottom of a glass or measuring cup with baking spray, then press the cup into each ball of cookie dough to flatten the cookie dough.
- Freeze the flattened rounds of cookie dough on the baking trays in the freezer for one to two hours, then proceed with the FoodSaver® FM3941.
How do you use a bag to freeze cookie dough with the FoodSaver® FM3941?
The full directions for how to vacuum seal a FoodSaver® bag can be found in the Owner’s Manual. Below you’ll see the steps I took to use my bag to freeze cookie dough. Using a vacuum sealer is straightforward.
- Place frozen cookie dough into your bag, leaving space between each round of dough.
- Place open end of bag into the FoodSaver®.
- Close the lid. I found it helpful to lift up my bag so that it was level. This prevents the frozen cookie dough from moving around in the bag.
- Press the VACUUM/SEAL button. The motor will run until the process is complete.
- The bag will be sealed automatically when the vacuum process is finished.
- Remove the bag and place in your freezer.
How do you use the Zipper Bag with Hand Held Accessory with the FoodSaver® FM3941?
Using the zipper bags with the FoodSaver® FM3941 is a good choice for cookie dough.
- Place the frozen cookie dough in the Zipper Bag. Don’t overcrowd the bag. Leave room between each frozen round of cookie dough.
- Use Handheld Sealer from the appliance. Place it on the zipper container bag.
- Press ACCESSORY button to vaucum.
One tip: write date and name of cookies on the bag BEFORE using the FoodSaver® FM3941. What foods do you have in mind to use with a vacuum sealer?
Why would you freeze cookie dough?
- Freezing cookie dough with a vacuum sealer saves time. The holidays are busy enough. Bake when you can.
- Double your recipe, freeze the cookie dough with the FoodSaver® FM3941, then bake the portion you need at a later time.
- Plan ahead: Prepare cookie dough for a school party, family event or other occasion.
- Be ready for unexpected company! It is so nice to have cookie dough in the freezer and ready to bake for friends who stop by.
- Give as gifts: Drop off a frozen batch of cookie dough with an elderly neighbor who doesn’t bake much anymore at home. Giving the gift of the aroma of freshly baked cookies is very thoughtful.
Recipe for Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 cups 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment.
- Mix the dry ingredients of gluten free flour, baking soda, and spice. Set aside.
- Mix the wet ingredients. Beat the butter with the granulated sugar and the brown sugar. Add in the egg and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Fold in the pumpkin puree and finally add the chocolate chips.
- Place 1 tablespoon sized balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire baking rack
Note: if baking from frozen, no need to defrost, simply increase the baking time to 12-15 minutes.
If you require this recipe to be gluten free, please make sure that each individual ingredient is labeled gluten free.
Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g
This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.
Where can you buy the FoodSaver® FM3941 and the FoodSaver® Bags and Rolls Value Pack?
You will find these products at your local Costco. You can also order online from Costco.
I found the FoodSaver® producst in aisle 108 at my local Costco. Finding the vacuum sealer is easy, just look for the green and white packaging.
There is a sale going on in November!
- The FM3941 Vacuum Sealing System will be $40 OFF in November (must have Costco membership).
- FoodSaver® Bags and Rolls Value Pack will be $10 OFF in November (must have Costco membership)
What other recipes would be ideal for freezing cookie dough with a vacuum sealer?
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Brownie Cookies
- Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
- Check out these 30 freezeable cookie recipes from The View from Great Island.
Holly Baker started the food blog, A Baker’s House, in 2011. She is the writer, recipe creator, and photographer for the site. Holly loves to bake and shares recipes for gluten free food, canning recipes, as well as traditional desserts too. Her recipes and food photography have been highlighted by BuzzFeed, Reader’s Digest, and She Knows.