There's a distinct difference between homemade and store-bought cookies. With homemade cookies, you can be assured of their quality and can easily make them to fit your personal preferences. However, even homemade cookies can become unpalatable if they are not stored appropriately.
If you have made homemade cookies then you'll probably be able to relate to the temptation of doing way more than you can handle for a week. If that's you everytime you bake a fresh batch of cookies (which is literally all of us!), then you want to check below for the best ways to keep them fresh for long periods.
The appropriate storage will keep the cookies fresh, chewy and flavorful just like they are at the very first bite out of the oven. Here are a few tricks that will help you achieve that:
After pulling the cookies out of the oven, leave them on the baking sheet while they rest for a short while, enough to cool them down. Then, transfer the cookies to a cooling each where they'll completely cool down before storage. This cooling is vital as it'll prevent condensation from the cookies after transfer to a lidded container, which can ultimately ruin the texture of the cookies.
A common mistake people make with storing cookies is placing them in the fridge. Although this may keep the cookies fresh, they'll eventually dry out and become less palatable. Instead, transfer the cookies to an airtight container and keep them fresh at room temperature. The cookies will remain fresh for three to five days.
Tip: layer the cookies with wax paper or parchment paper to prevent them from stacking together.
If you've made too many cookies to finish within a week then you can store them in the freezer. However, this has to be done appropriately to keep them from going stale.
Place the cookies in an airtight container.
You can also add was paper or parchment paper to preserve their shape.
Make sure the lid is properly sealed and then place in the freezer.
For an extra layer of protection, you can place the cookies in a freezer bag before stashing them in the container.
This technique will keep your cookies fresh for about four months.
The appropriate storage method for a fresh batch of homemade cookies requires you to let them cool down completely first. Then, transfer them to a container that's tightly lidded and won't let air through.