The best and worst ways to store all types of cookies

The best and worst ways to store all types of cookies

When you know how to store cookies and cookie dough properly, you can save some for later while still maintaining the delicious taste of freshly made cookies. 

With simple kitchen tools and a few basic tips, we'll show you how to save leftover cookies and save time. 

Why do cookies get stale?

you'll want to familiarize yourself with the main adversary of any cookie's freshness: the air. Prolonged exposure to air keeps starchy foods from going stale. Air exposes these foods to more light (even through a simple crack in a plastic bag), causing them to dry out.
Think of a drink left overnight: there will be a little liquid in the glass in the morning; Cookies work the same way. Depending on your batch size, time, cookies and preferences, you can reduce air exposure in a number of ways.


How to store cookies in the freezer

 If you plan to eat the cookies more than four days after baking, store them in the freezer. (One for cookie dough that won't be baked the same day or the next; another one below.) Baked cookies will keep in the freezer for up to a year. . Freeze-dried flour is best if used within a few months.

  •  Place the baked cookies in a resealable plastic bag designed for the freezer. 
  • Freeze cookies for one year.
  • Don't use themed boxes (eg for Christmas cookies). Transfer the cookies to these containers as soon as you take them out of the freezer.

 How to store cookies in the fridge
Although the cookies can last up to two weeks in the fridge, they are best eaten as soon as possible. (We recommend keeping some in the refrigerator to eat within a few days, and washing the rest if you eat more than four days after cooking.)
Cookies made with perishable ingredients, such as ricotta cookies, jam cookies, or meringue cookies, will need a cool temperature for a few hours after baking.

  • Allow the cookies to cool and then bake.
  •  Place the cookies in a plastic bag or an airtight container.
  • Store them in the fridge for up to two weeks.

 How to store cookies at room temperature
Unrefrigerated cookies stay fresh for two to three days. If your fancy cookie jar isn't airtight (or you don't know how) and you still want to use it to store cookies on the counter, put the cookies in a resealable plastic bag to prevent air before storing them. them in a pot.

The same goes for cookie tins and other airtight containers. Plastic bags and resealable bags can keep cookies in good condition for a few days they can stay in the heat. Just store the cookies in these other containers.

 If you have a type of cookie that is cut out of a large sheet, such as a rainbow cookie, remove it from the sheet when you are ready to eat or serve them. This method works wonders for keeping these types of cookies moist 


The worst way to store cookies
Ironically, the worst way to store cookies is in an airtight cookie jar. (Yes, of course.) They may be tempting to wake up to, but despite their name, cookie jars aren't usually airtight. Similarly, cake stands and other displays are not suitable for storing cookies for more than a few hours. They usually have enough air under their high surface, removing the crispness and texture, leaving the cookies hard.

 How to reheat cookies
Yes, you can restore the cookies to that delicious state right out of the oven. Soft cookies like snickerdoodles and oatmeal cookies are very warm. There are two ways to bake cookies: in the microwave or in the oven.

 To reheat the cookies in the microwave

  •  Place your cookies (it's best to microwave them one at a time) on a non-stick plate lined with paper towels. You can also keep a glass of water next to the bowl; the idea is to add water.
  •  Heat the cookie for five seconds and repeat until heated. Repeating it for a short time at a time helps prevent overheating, which will make the cookies less soft.

 To reheat the cookies in the oven

  • If you want a little more crunch but want to keep some cookies soft, the oven is the best option. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  •  Place the cookies on a cookie sheet or baking sheet.
  •  Heat for two to three minutes (and an extra minute or two if you're reheating cookies from the freezer).

How to store cookie dough
According to the USDA, homemade cookie dough will keep for two to four days in the refrigerator and should be stored in an airtight container. Frozen cookie dough can last up to two months, however.
There are two ways to bake cookie dough: individual, ready-to-make cookies or whole, undivided batches.

 To freeze pre-made cookies

  •  Place the divided cookie dough on a greased baking sheet or parchment paper.
  • Cover the tray for an hour (to prevent the cookies from sticking to each other). 
  • Transfer the frozen cookies to an airtight container, then store in the freezer.

This method works great for simple cookies (like chocolate chip cookies), even more so for cookies with jam, fresh citrus juice, zest, or meringue.

 To freeze undivided cookie dough

  • Press the cookie dough into a log, wrap it in wax paper, and and then freeze.
  •  To use, thaw the cookie dough in the fridge for a few hours before kneading, shaping, and baking. 

This method works great for simple cookies, like sugar cookies and chewy gingersnaps. If you plan to use a cookie cutter, chilling the dough can help the cookies hold their shape. (Be sure to allow plenty of time for the dough to rise.)

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