Unless otherwise noted, don’t store cookies in the refrigerator: The cool air can rob cookies of their moisture and make them taste bland. In general, store cookies at room temperature or freeze them, as specified above.
Baked cookies should not be refrigerated.
Make sure cookies cool completely before storing. Store them at room temperature in an air-tight container, like Tupperware. Store different flavors separately. Over time, strongly flavored cookies like molasses or mint will seep into other cookies, so if possible store each flavor in its own container.
Chilling cookie dough before baking solidifies the fat in the cookies. As the cookies bake, the fat in the chilled cookie dough takes longer to melt than room-temperature fat. And the longer the fat remains solid, the less cookies spread.
Curious how long cookies last at room temperature? Most homemade cookies will maintain their taste and texture for up to 3 days. If you leave them out for too long, the cookies begin to harden or dry out. To prevent cookies from becoming stale, cover them with plastic wrap or keep in an airtight container.
Most of the time, cookies need to cool for around five to ten minutes before they can be moved and consumed.
Keep Them Sealed
The key to keeping cookies fresh and soft is to seal them in an airtight container, like a resealable freezer bag. And here’s a nifty little trick: add a piece of bread to the bag. You might think that the bread trick works because the cookies absorb moisture from the bread.
Information. Bakery or homemade cookies can be stored at room temperature two to three weeks or two months in the refrigerator. Cookies retain their quality when stored in the freezer for eight to 12 months.
Keep those cookies crisp by storing them in an airtight container. Some people toss a piece of bread in with the cookies to help absorb any excess moisture. You could also re-crisp them by baking on a wire rack in a 300 degree F oven for a few minutes.
Rack: If the cookie is placed on a rack air can travel around the cookie, taking away the heat. This is generally the fastest way. Also, the air can take away any moisture that’s still evaporating from the cookie. Tray: A metal tray (probably the same one the cookies were baked on) still cools quite quickly.
Most cookies are still soft when done (they harden as they cool) and will continue to bake on the cookie sheet once removed from the oven. Remove cookies from the cookie sheet as soon as they are firm enough to transfer, using a spatula, to a cooling rack or paper towels to finish cooling.
They go from soft to hard because they start to dry out, and it begins as soon as you pull them from the oven. (Yikes.) Whatever moisture is left in the cookies is always in a state of evaporation. At the same time, the sugars and starches are solidifying.
As in bread, starch from the flour in biscuits begins to crystalize after a few days, theoretically making biscuits more brittle. But in many biscuits, the high sugar content masks this process by absorbing water from the atmosphere, ultimately resulting in a soft biscuit.
Making cookies is a lot of work, so don’t ruin your efforts by rushing the cooling process. Cookies need to be completely cool to the touch before you store them. Otherwise, the trapped heat will create condensation, which ultimately will ruin your cookies.
Rest the Dough A secret baker’s trick is to rest your cookie dough in the fridge. You can rest it for at least an hour, which will evaporate some of the water and increase the sugar content, helping to keep your cookies chewy. The longer you allow your dough to rest in the fridge, the chewier your cookies will be.
What is the best way to store homemade chocolate chip cookies? Store soft or chewy chocolate chip cookies in an airtight plastic container. In contrast, freeze crispy cookies or store them in a glass container. Never mix different cookie types in the same storage space, or textures and flavors will mesh.
Most cookies have top crusts that remain relatively soft and flexible as the cookies set during baking. However, if the top surface dries out before the cookie is finished spreading and rising, it hardens, cracks, and pulls apart, producing an attractive crinkly, cracked exterior.
Can I leave sugar cookies out overnight? You can leave your sugar cookies out overnight to dry. In fact, it’s recommended that you leave your iced sugar cookies out overnight to fully set.
Glass containers are good for storing crispy cookies. Do not store in plastic bags but use a covered container. Refrigerating cookies will help keep them crisp. If you freeze cookies they will be crispy if you eat them frozen.
How to Make Soft Leftover Cookies Crispy
- Preheat the oven to 300°F.
- Place the cookies on a baking sheet.
- Put the cookies in the oven and bake them for 10-15 minutes. The heat will remove the moisture from the cookies, making them crispy again.
- Let the cookies cool down and store them in an airtight container.
If your cookies are rock hard, the site explains that it’s likely due to an over-abundance of sugar, which hardens, darkens, and flattens the cookies as they bake. Bake or Break adds that over-mixing your dough can be the culprit, too. When flour is blended with other ingredients, gluten starts to form.
Sugars, like fats liquefy in the oven. White sugar will make your cookies crispier while brown sugar contains more moisture and will result in a softer and more chewy cookie. Most chocolate chip cookie recipes call for both sugars.
Ideally, cookies are baked one sheet at a time, placed horizontally across the middle oven rack. You should also rotate the pan about three-quarters of the way through the bake time.
The most common cause is using a different flour than usual, such as cake flour, and measuring flour with too heavy a hand. Using larger eggs than called for can make cookies cakey, as will the addition of milk or more milk or other liquids than specified.
Baking soda is generally about three times stronger than baking powder, so adjust your recipe accordingly. Baking soda and baking powder can produce cookies with different textures. Baking soda is typically used for chewy cookies, while baking powder is generally used for light and airy cookies.
Open up the oven, pull out the rack a bit, and push the sides of the cookie very lightly with a spatula or your finger. If the edge stays firm and doesn’t fall inwards, then your cookies are done. If you leave a noticeable indention, then your cookies likely need a few minutes more in the oven.
Brown sugar retains more moisture than white sugar, making it a great option for cookies that are moister and not as crisp. What is this? That’s because brown sugar is a mixture of sugar and molasses, and the molasses is really the key here to help keep those cookies moist.
If you mix (or roll out) cookie dough too much, you’ll add excess air to the dough, causing it to rise and then fall flat in the oven. Overmixing the dough can also lead to excess gluten development, resulting in dense cookies.
The pans are too close to each other or the oven walls. We recommend allowing 1 to 1 1/2 inches between pans and oven walls. The cookie sheet may be too large for the oven and not allowing sufficient heat circulation. The heat is trapped under the pan and the cookies will burn on the bottom before the tops are brown.
Use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Coating your baking sheet with nonstick spray or butter creates an overly greasy foundation, causing the cookies to spread. I always recommend a silicone baking mat because they grip onto the bottom of your cookie dough, preventing the cookies from spreading too much.
Storing sugar cookies in the refrigerator is not something we would recommend. They don’t need the cooler temperatures necessarily, rather a cool and airtight space. However, if you are struggling to find a cool and dry space to store your sugar cookies, the refrigerator will work fine.
You can store them at room temperature for up to one week. Royal icing does not freeze well. If you need to plan for long-term storage, I recommend you freeze plain sugar cookies ahead of time and decorate them when needed.
Once your sugar cookie recipe is fully baked and decorated, properly store them “in a tin or an airtight container, once they’re cool,” says Food52 community member Brette W.
You can even rebake cookies long after they’re cool to restore crispness or freshness. Here’s our best tips. Turns out the cookies weren’t quite done when you took them from the oven and they’re soft and mushy. Pop them back in the oven for an extra minute or two until they’re golden brown.
Reheat them in the microwave on medium setting for 15 to 20 seconds. This should be enough time for the cookies to soak in the moisture from the paper towel. If you take them out and they haven’t softened enough yet, wrap them in another damp paper towel and microwave again for 10 more seconds.
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.