How to Store Homemade Baked Cookies
When the tempting aroma of chocolate chip, pumpkin, or brown sugar and cinnamon cookies fills the house, it doesn’t take long for the freshly baked cookies to disappear (sometimes directly off the cooling rack!). But if you plan to keep those yummy baked goods around to enjoy for a while, be sure you store them in the correct way so they taste just as good as when you pulled them out of the oven.
When storing cookies at room temperature, try this trick to keep chewy cookies soft. Place ½ of a piece of white bread in the covered container. The cookies will absorb moisture from the bread without compromising the taste.
6 Additional Tips for Storing Cookies:
- Allow cookies to cool before packaging them. The heat from the cookies will soften them or make them soggy if they are packaged too quickly.
- Metal containers are better than plastic for keeping cookies intact.
- If your container is made out of cardboard, make sure it’s wax-coated or line your cardboard containers with wax or parchment paper before placing the cookies inside.
- Layer cookies between wax or parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together and to keep them crisp.
- Don’t put crisp cookies and chewy cookies in the same container. The chewy cookies will make the crisp cookies soften up and different types of cookies will exchange their flavors.
- For delicate or highly decorated cookies, wrap them individually before packing them together.
Freeze & Bake
Did you know that for some cookie recipes, dough can be made ahead of time and then frozen until you are ready to bake it? For our Salted Toffee Cashew Cookies, pre-portion the dough with an ice-cream scoop and place them close together on a parchment-lined cookie sheet before freezing. Once the cookies are hard they can be store in the freezer in a ziplock bag.
With our Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies with Raspberry Cream Cheese Filling you can cut them in advance in slices and place them in the freezer. Be sure to place the cookies in layers with plastic food wrap on a cookie sheet. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight.
For our White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies, you can freeze the dough in a log shape. When you are ready to bake them, remove from the freezer and then slice them when they are still half frozen.
If you are sending your homemade goodies to someone you love through the mail, be sure to use enough filler like packing peanuts, bubble wrap or air pillows when packing and mailing a container of cookies. You want to have enough filler in the box to cushion the container.
Cellophane wrapped cookies are cute for gift giving, especially for smaller, round cookies like our Mint Mocha Crackle Cookies. Just tell the recipient to store them in a covered container if they don’t gobble them up right away!
Place delicate cookies like our Almond Orange Biscotti in a bread pan. Line the pan with tissue paper and tie with a bow. Like the cellophane wrapped cookies, be sure to suggest to the recipient to store them in a covered container so they’ll stay fresh.
For more ideas about how to wrap baked goodies for holiday gift-giving, check out our gift packaging blog post.
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