Surprising Tip: To Keep Holiday Cookies Soft & Fresh, Just Add a Tortilla!

updated May 2, 2019
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If you’re giving out holiday cookies this year, here’s an unexpected tip from America’s Test Kitchen that you may find helpful: to keep the cookies from drying out, pack them between layers of parchment — and tortillas! Check out their method below.

They pack a tortilla between two circles of parchment paper, place it at the bottom of the tin, cover it with a layer of cookies, and repeat until the tin is filled, ending with a layer of cookies. The moisture from the tortillas keeps the cookies from drying out and their flat, round shape means they don’t take up much room in the tin.

If you’re giving the tin of cookies as a gift, you’ll definitely want to let the recipient know that there are tortillas packed in with their cookies — and maybe include a recipe for oven-baked tortilla chips so they won’t go to waste!

Do you have any tips for keeping homemade cookies soft and fresh?