There is nothing better than freshly baked, gooey, soft, and delicious cookies. If your house is anything like mine, a batch of cookies never lasts long enough to worry about how to store them. But if you happen to find some cookies left you can keep them fresh with proper storage.
Keeping your cookies fresh for a longer period of time depends on how you store them. Here, we’ll discuss how to store cookies along with some hacks to revive them. So let’s get right into it.
- How Long Do Cookies Stay Fresh?
- Freeze Cookies to Keep them Fresh for an Even Longer Period
- How to Thaw Frozen Cookies
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How Long Do Cookies Stay Fresh?
It depends on the type of cookie and how you store them.
It’s a bit difficult to store soft cookies to keep them fresh because of the presence of moisture that provides soft cookies with their chewy texture. Chocolate chips usually have less moisture on the edges but lots of moisture in the center. That’s why they have crispy edges and soft middles. Soft cookies usually become brittle and eventually stale by losing their moisture to the air.
How to Store Soft Cookies
You can follow the steps listed below to store soft cookies to keep them fresh.
- Make sure that your soft cookies are cooled completely before you prepare to store them.
- You’ll need an air-tight container to store your soft cookies because an air-tight container helps soft cookies retain their inner moisture.
- Store different flavored cookies separately to keep them from seeping into each other.
- It’s important to use wax or parchment paper between multiple layers of soft cookies. Otherwise, they’ll stick to each other.
If you use these tips to store your soft cookies, they’ll remain fresh for about 1 to 2 weeks at room temperature. If you keep them on a tray in the open air, they’ll be stale within 2 to 3 days.
Dry cookies such as Danish butter cookies, gingersnaps, and shortbread cookies, generally stay fresh and edible for a longer period of time. That’s because they have very little moisture. They become stale and lose their freshness if they’re exposed to moisture that leads them to become soft.
How to Store Dry Cookies
Consider using the following steps in order to keep your dry cookies fresh.
- Make sure that your dry cookies are completely cool before you store them.
- Use an air-tight container to pack your dry cookies and store them at room temperature.
- It’s best to store dry cookies with different flavors separately. That’s because strongly favored cookies such as mint or molasses tend to seep into others over time.
- If you don’t have enough containers for each type of cookie, then use separate freezer bags. Not only will it keep different flavors separate but it’ll also help you maximize your storage space.
- Use wax or parchment papers if you need to store your dry cookies in layers to keep them separate.
If you follow these steps, then depending upon the recipe, your dry cookies will last for about 2 to 3 weeks. If you leave them on a tray in the open air, they’ll go stale within 3 to 4 days.
Freeze Cookies to Keep them Fresh for an Even Longer Period
If you want to keep your cookies fresh for a long period of time then storing them in a freezer is your best bet. It’ll allow the cookies to preserve their fresh texture and flavor so that you can enjoy them anytime you want.
How to Freeze Cookies
Here’s a list of easy steps you can follow to freeze your cookies.
- Use a freezer bag to pack your cookies and squeeze as much air out as possible. Be careful while doing it because you don’t want to damage your cookies.
- Use an air-tight container to store the bag with cookies.
- Label the container with the date and name. It’ll allow you to know what to grab.
- If you are freezing soft cookies then don’t forget to use plastic wrap, wax paper, or parchment paper between layers to keep them from sticking together.
- Place the container in your freezer.
This method will keep your cookies fresh for up to 3 months because they’ll have a double layer of protection.
How to Thaw Frozen Cookies
The best way to thaw your frozen cookies is to grab them from the freezer and place them on your kitchen counter. It’ll help cookies come to room temperature and depending upon the room temperature and cookie type, it generally takes 1 to 2 hours. They’ll taste fresh because you placed them in the freezer at the peak of perfection.
Using The Oven to Thaw Cookies
You can use your oven to thaw your frozen cookies if you can’t wait. Here are the steps:
- Grab the frozen cookies from your freezer and place them on the baking tray. Don’t forget to line the tray with foil or parchment paper.
- Place the tray in your oven at a very low temperature.
- Heat the frozen cookies for about 8 to 10 minutes to let them warm.
- Consider checking the center of one of the cookies to make sure they’re properly heated. If the center is warm, then they’re ready because that’s the last part of a cookie to heat up.
Your cookies will taste fresh with a gooey warm center if you follow this method to thaw them.
Can You Use a Microwave to Thaw Frozen Cookies?
If you are extremely short on time, then you can use the microwave to thaw your frozen cookies. However, it’s not the best way. Your cookies might lose their texture and become soft all over instead of having crisp edges and soft middle.
The bottom of the cookies might also become soggy as they’ll release moisture rapidly because of the harsh microwaves. We recommend you use the microwave at 50% power and run it for 60 seconds if you really need to use it.