Making sure you have enough cookies for everyone around the holidays can be tough, but having some extras on hand can be a lifesaver for last-minute or hostess gifts. How do you store those extras until you’re ready for them?
Cookies will last longest if they’re stored in an airtight container in a cool place, like your fridge or (if you’re in a colder climate) your garage! When placing the cookies in the container, make sure you separate the layers of cookies with a sheet of parchment or wax paper, this will help prevent the cookies from sticking on top of each other.
Make sure to store cookies of the same type together, crisp cookies with crisp and soft cookies with soft. Mixing them together will cause the crisp cookies, like shortbread or ginger cookies, to go soft.
Can you freeze your holiday cookies until you need them?
Yes! Most websites will tell you to store your cookies undecorated (but that means you still have to decorate them once they thaw). If you make sure that your cookies have completely cooled and the icing is totally dry, my mom says you can freeze decorated cookies. She likes to get ahead of the holiday season and she’s been doing it for years.
Here’s some great cookie freezing tips:
When you’re baking your cookies, remember: You can reuse your parchment paper!