A Good Way to Store Freshly Baked Cookies
By Robin Olson
I am often asked "How do I store my cookies?" and "How long do they remain
fresh?" If you use my method your cookies could remain fresh and edible for
up to 4 weeks! Where do I keep them? In the GARAGE!
Do you know what a garage is in the winter time? It's a huge refrigerator!
Of course it's colder in the mid-west and the east coast, but I actually
learned to do this from my mother-in-law, Sylvia, when we lived in Santa
Barbara, California! Hopefully your garage maintains its temperature in the
low 40's. Basically, the colder it is in your garage, the longer the cookies
For this project you'll need:
6 foot long folding table
Festive Table cloth
Labels and Pen
Wax or Reynolds®Parchment Paper
Lots of Cookie Tins
And last but not least, your cookies!
First get a 6 foot long folding table. You could pick one up rather inexpensively
at your local hardware store such as Home Depot, Lowes, or even Target and
Walmart carry them. (They used to be really heavy but now they make them
out of lightweight plastic.)
I then place a festive holiday table cloth on the table. Make sure that you
have good lighting, if not, then you'll need to place a lamp on the table
and run an extension cord. Next you'll need numerous aluminum cookie tins.
I suppose that you could use tupperware, it's just that I do what my
mother-in-law taught me and that is to use the old fashion cookie tins.
The next step is very important... you'll need a pair of scissors and a roll
of wax paper to create an air tight seal.
Let's say we're doing "Chocolate Chip Cookies". First I take my sheet of
labels, I like to use 1 inch by 2 inch, but they can be any size, it's up
to you. Next you will label the tin: "Chocolate Chip Cookies".
Line the bottom of the tin with a circle of wax paper that you cut with your
scissors and use numerous layers of wax paper through out the tin. When you
get to the top, make sure your last piece of wax paper is larger than the
tin, you want it to hang over the outside the tin. It makes a nice air tight
seal, but it's still easy to reopen. The above method is also excellent
preparation to mail the cookies to friends and relatives around the country.
Repeat this method with all of your cookies. An important tip is not to store
different types of cookies in the same tin. Because if you do the flavors
will mix and its not pretty. You've worked too hard baking all those cookies
to ruin your cookies by not storing them properly! However, for short term
to ship cookies, it's ok to mix them in the same tin, but make sure none
of them are touching, make different layers of cookie types use your wax
paper liberally. Stick a little note in the tin for the receiver to separate
the cookies after they receive them.
My last very important tip is that you must let freshly baked cookies loose
their moisture before you store them. After the cookies have individually
cooled on the rack you can stack them in groups of 6-8, then top with a piece
of wax paper loosely draped over them. Let the cookies sit out on the rack
for at least six hours but preferably overnight. The moisture has to be released
before you store them in an air tight container. If you store freshly baked
cookies in an air tight container, they'll be soft and crumble and will not
keep very well.
When it's time eat cookies, use a holiday paper plate or platter that you
left on the cookie table in the garage and choose the cookies from your very
own personal bakery, that you created! Bring the cookies in the house, let
them come to room temperature, which is 10 to 15 minutes and serve!
Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!
Robin's Christmas Cookie Exchange
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