Keeping Christmas cookies fresh when made ahead
Posted 30 November 2010 - 06:41 PM
We're having a party and I'd like to have trays out with a variety of cookies. I know I can't make all of those cookies the day before the party...so, how to you keep them fresh so you aren't serving stale, dried-out cookies to your guests?
Posted 30 November 2010 - 06:45 PM
Drink flats work wonders to freeze those decorated cookies. Once they are frozen you can put them in zip bags.
Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:01 PM
Edited by LisaTheresa, 30 November 2010 - 08:07 PM.
Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:04 PM
Honestly, I don't think most Christmas cookies taste so great after being frozen for any significant length of time.
I consider myself a good baker, and I'm sorry, but a previously frozen cookie will never taste fresh.
But I also feel that way about almost all food items. I guess it depends on the expectations of those eating the cookies.
Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:05 PM
I've never had a problem with taste deteriorating during the month. I freeze as soon as possible after taking cookies from the oven. Like is packed with like. I don't want my peanut butter blossoms in the same bag as my sugar cookies.
Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:22 PM
Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:33 PM
This is also how I make smaller batches of cookies at a time to keep people from binging. I make enough for everyone to have a couple, and then we dont have cookies for a week or so.
Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:45 PM
For chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut, and similar cookies, mix the dough and shape into logs. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. Then when you need the cookies, slice and bake.
Some cookie recipes can be used to make multiple types of cookies. Look in older cookbooks to find these recipes.
Host a cookie swap. Organize a group of friends. Each of you make several dozen of one or two types of cookie. Then swap cookies. That way each of you will have one to two dozen of each type of cookie.
My mother would make the cookies and put them into tins. One type of cookie per tin. They always tasted just fine.
Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:53 PM
Zip lock plastic bags are good for storing cookies - set the bags in one of the many Amazon boxes you have on hand and stack the boxes in the deep freeze. The boxes keep the cookies from getting smashed. You do want to keep each type of cookie in its own bags - and remove as much air as possible from the bag as you seal it.
Edited by JFSinIL, 30 November 2010 - 08:56 PM.
Posted 30 November 2010 - 09:06 PM
I'm freezing doughs and baked cookies this year, since ds will probably be born just a week before Christmas, and I'm not working from scratch straight out of the hospital!
I ran a test batch of spritz cookies and froze them for a couple of days. They were perfectly fine.