Whether you’ve made 300 more than you can eat, or you just want to pack away a baker’s dozen to give to a friend, we’ve got your back with five helpful tips for storing cookies.
1) Let them cool… all the way
It can be tempting to box your cookies away right when they’re done, but if you lock them in an airtight container before they’ve fully cooled, the heat will create condensation, causing your freshly baked cookies to become soggy.
2) Use non-stick paper to stack
If you are stacking layers of cookies, use sheets of wax or parchment paper in between the layers to keep them crisp and safeguarded from sticking together.
3) Freeze the extras
We love making large batches and freezing the cookie dough, but did you know you can also freeze cookies once they’ve been baked?
To freeze freshly baked cookies, make sure they’ve fully cooled before stacking your cookies on a sheet of plastic wrap, and, using tip number two, layering non-stick paper between the cookies. Once you’ve finished stacking, cover the bundle in plastic wrap and finish with a layer or two of aluminum foil. This will help avoid freezer burn. Place the bundle in a freezer bag or airtight container and tuck them away in the freezer for up to two months.
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4) Store similar cookies together
Keep soft and crisp cookies in separate containers. If they are kept together, the soft cookies can cause the crisp ones to lose their structure. However, if you need to pack them all into one tin or you want to give a variety of cookies away as a gift, seal each variety in a separate freezer bag.
5) Sneaky tricks to keep cookies fresh
Sometimes cookies just need a little help along the way to keep them as perfect as they were when they came out of the oven. Stash a slice of bread or an apple wedge with soft cookies to maintain the perfect atmosphere and avoid drying them out in an airtight container.
If crisp cookies go limp, revive them by baking at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for five minutes before serving.
Soft cookies will last two to three days in a cool, dry spot on the counter, while harder, crisp cookies will last up to two weeks. Use these tips to extend and maximize the life of your cookies so you can enjoy baking to your heart’s content and leave your storage worries behind!