- 1 How do you package cookies to keep them fresh?
- 2 Will cookies stay fresh in a cardboard box?
- 3 How do you keep cookies soft in a box?
- 4 How far ahead can you make Christmas cookies?
- 5 How do you keep cookies fresh for a week?
- 6 Can you wrap cookies in foil?
- 7 Can you wrap cookies in aluminum foil?
- 8 Is it better to freeze cookie dough or baked cookies?
- 9 What’s the secret to soft cookies?
- 10 Why do my cookies get hard right after I bake them?
- 11 What makes cookies chewy or crispy?
- 12 How do you make Christmas cookies ahead of time?
- 13 How many days ahead can you make cookies?
- 14 How long do cookies last in an airtight container?
Always pack cookies in layers between wax or parchment paper in an airtight container. Plastic containers are best to lock in freshness, but metal tins with tight lids will also work. Package soft and crispy cookies separately.
Crispy cookies, such as gingersnaps or lace cookies, need air to stay fresh. Cookie jars work well for this purpose. You can also use cardboard boxes or plastic storage containers with loose lids. If you use a storage container, try covering it with plastic wrap instead of putting a lid on it.
When you pack up those cookies in a container or storage bag, toss in half a slice of any kind of bread before you seal them up. Basically, the cookies will absorb moisture from the bread, which keeps them nice and soft. Just make sure you don’t go overboard—too much bread will actually turn your baked goods to mush.
Make Ahead Tips You can prepare the dough and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. When you are ready to bake, scoop the dough into balls and follow the recipe baking instructions. Freezing Butter Cookie dough: Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Keep cookies cool Your stored cookies will stay freshest in a cool, dry place, such as the back shelf of your pantry. Depending on the variety, they’ll last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. You can also freeze cookies for up to 6 months.
Put cookies in a container lined with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and separate each layer of cookies with more plastic wrap or foil. Tightly seal container. Cookies may be thawed in the refrigerator or on the counter.
Ultimately, the scientific reason you should never bake cookies on a foil-lined baking sheet is simple: The parts of your cookie dough that come in direct contact with the foil are exposed to more concentrated heat than the rest of your cookies, thanks to aluminum’s natural conductor properties.
In most cases, I prefer to freeze cookie dough over freezing baked cookies. That way, you still get the nice homemade smell and softness of the cookies when they come out of the oven. But if you want to get the whole job done, you can certainly bake the cookies, then freeze them later.
Underbaked cookies are the secret to softness. Using cornstarch in the dough is another secret to softness, as well as the secret to thickness. Using more brown sugar than white sugar results in a moister, softer cookie. Adding an extra egg yolk increases chewiness.
Why Do Cookies Get Hard? Over time, the moisture in the cookies evaporates, leaving them stiff and crumbly. It’s the same thing that happens to breads, muffins, and other baked goods. The longer they sit, the more stale they become.
Sugar: White sugar leads to crispier cookies than brown sugar or other sweeteners do. That’s because white sugar lets out a lot of water as it bakes, resulting in crispier cookies like these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. However, it’s the yolks that make cookies chewy, while the whites lead to crunchier cookies.
Freezing is the best way we’ve found to keep your cookies fresh when you want to make them ahead of time. Then just pull them out of the freezer a few hours before needed and serve. You can refreeze cookies, too, but keep in mind that any icing will begin to degrade if you do this over and over.
Cookie dough: You can make these types of cookie dough in advance. Cookie dough for either recipe can be made up to three days ahead of time (chilling is actually recommended for shortbread). You can also pop disks of dough into the freezer for about three months.
Regular homemade cookies will last for 4-5 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature and up to 9 months if stored in the freezer.