Baking Cookies

Storing Baked Cookies

To keep baked cookies at their best, it is important to store them properly. Cookies should keep if you follow good storing practices.

  • Store soft and crisp cookies separately at room temperature to prevent changes in texture and flavor.

  • Keep soft cookies in airtight containers. If they begin to dry out, add a piece of apple or bread to the container to help them retain moisture.

  • If crisp cookies become soggy, heat undecorated cookies in oven set at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Store cookies with sticky glazes, fragile decorations, and icings in single layers between sheets of waxed paper.

  • Bar cookies and brownies may be stored in their own baking pan. Cover with foil or plastic wrap when cool.

  • As a rule, crisp cookies freeze better than soft, moist cookies. Rich, buttery bar cookies and brownies are an exception to this rule since they freeze extremely well. Baked cookies can be frozen in airtight containers or freezer bags for up to three months. Meringue-based cookies do not freeze well and chocolate-dipped cookies may discolor if frozen. Thaw cookies and brownies unwrapped at room temperature.

Baking cookies can be such a treat. Use the tips in this article to ensure you bake the perfect cookie every time.

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