The Best Way to Store Homemade Cookies
One of the very first things I learned when I began baking as a teenager was there’s a right and a wrong way to store cookies. The first Christmas I embarked on baking a few different types of cookies to gift to family and friends, I piled them all in the same large storage containers before dividing them up into their festive tins.
Here’s what I wish I had known then. These are the best ways to keep cookies fresh and tasting great, all season long.
How to Store Baked Cookies at Room Temperature
Another obstacle? Strong flavors from one type of cookie can overwhelm others. That means the best way to store cookies is to keep their original characteristics in mind, with the hope of preserving them.
For long-term storage, your best bet is to freeze cookies. However, if you simply want to keep cookies fresh for about a week, you’re better off keeping them at room temperature. Here’s how they should be stored.
Soft cookies such as gingerbread, chocolate chip, and peanut butter cookies should be stored separately from crispy cookies. If they have a strong flavor, they should also be stored away from other types of soft cookies in an airtight container.
The goal for crispy cookies is opposite: You want to keep moisture away. To do this, store crispy cookies separate from soft cookies (whose moisture can actually soften crispy cookies), in an airtight container that’s not completely sealed. This will allow some air to sneak in and keep your cookies away from humidity and moisture. Again, if any of these cookies have a strong flavor, divide them by type.
How Long Do Baked Cookies Last?
Baked cookies will stay fresh for three days in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. If you decide to freeze baked cookies, plan to defrost and serve them within three months.
How do you like to store your cookies?