How Long Can You Keep Cookies At Room Temperature
- June 23, 2022
The dough is easy to work with, so it's fun to make these spritz cookies into a variety of festive shapes.The dough is easy to work with, so it's fun to make these spritz cookies into a variety of festive shapes.—Christy Thelen, Kellogg, Iowa Go to Recipe Perhaps the most amazing thing about Ugly Sweater Cookies is how cute they are.Taste of Home Candy Cane Snowballs I bake dozens of kinds of Christmas cookies to give to family and friends.—Debby Anderson, Stockbridge, Georgia Go to Recipe I bake dozens of kinds of Christmas cookies to give to family and friends.—Anne Revers, Omaha, Nebraska Go to Recipe Since chocolate and mint is my favorite flavor combination, these dainty frosted treats are hard to resist.Chocolate Lebkuchen Cherry Balls Here’s my twist on the traditional German holiday lebkuchen—with a surprise inside.—Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois Go to Recipe Here’s my twist on the traditional German holiday lebkuchen—with a surprise inside.— Barbara Burge, Los Gatos, California Go to Recipe Besides being irresistibly nutty, these travel well and are a snap to make!Chocolate Reindeer Cookies Add a touch of whimsy to your holiday spread with these chocolaty treats.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen Go to Recipe Add a touch of whimsy to your holiday spread with these chocolaty treats.—Anne Grisham, Henderson, Nevada Go to Recipe The only limit to these fun cutouts is your cookie cutter collection and your imagination!Raspberry Ribbons I make these attractive, buttery cookies to serve at our remote guest lodge, and all the cooks in the kitchen are addicted to them!—Patsy Wolfenden, Golden, British Columbia Go to Recipe I make these attractive, buttery cookies to serve at our remote guest lodge, and all the cooks in the kitchen are addicted to them!—Cheryl Hemmer, Swansea, Illinois Go to Recipe These yellow star-shaped cookies with a "stained-glass" center are almost too pretty to eat!The big bears are so soft and chewy that we can hardly wait until they come out of the oven!—Elizabeth Manzanares, Gloucester, Virginia Go to Recipe These cookies have been a Christmas tradition in my family since I was a little girl.The big bears are so soft and chewy that we can hardly wait until they come out of the oven!—Elizabeth Manzanares, Gloucester, Virginia.Taste of Home Chocolate Linzer Cookies Living in the town of North Pole, it's no surprise that I enjoy Christmas baking!Brushing a honey glaze over the top adds a subtle shine and an extra touch of sweetness.—Monique Hooker, DeSoto, Wisconsin Go to Recipe Orange and lemon zest give gingerbread cutouts a refreshing twist.Brushing a honey glaze over the top adds a subtle shine and an extra touch of sweetness.—Dalya Rubin, Boca Raton, Florida Go to Recipe I remember sitting on my great-grandmother's couch with a pad and pen in hand as she told me each ingredient and measurement for her special rugelach.—Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho Go to Recipe These rich, fudgy cookies are chewy and studded with tangy dried cherries.—Peggy West, Georgetown, Delaware Go to Recipe A traditional pecan tassie is a small tart with nuts.I add red and green sprinkles for Christmas, but you could decorate them to suit any occasion.—Janice Eanni, Willowick, Ohio Go to Recipe These soft, cake-like cookies have a pleasant anise flavor that's distinct but not overpowering.I add red and green sprinkles for Christmas, but you could decorate them to suit any occasion.—Janice Eanni, Willowick, Ohio.—Donna Pochoday-Stelmach, Morristown, New Jersey Go to Recipe These light, airy morsels are twice as nice with two meringue cookies and velvety ganache in between.—Nancy Murphy, Mount Dora, Florida Go to Recipe I love gingerbread cookies, but my grandchildren don't like the ginger flavor.—Evy Adams, West Seneca, New York Go to Recipe A juicy maraschino cherry is the secret center tucked inside these special cookies.—Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania Go to Recipe Dipped in melted chocolate and rolled in crushed peppermint candy, these flavorful biscotti are a favorite.—Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania Go to Recipe We first made these cookies when my boys were small, and they would always end up covered in flour and with Nutella on their faces.—Priscilla Yee, Concord, California Go to Recipe Red velvet cookies and cakes are so pretty, but I always wish they had a bigger flavor.Linzer Tarts With a creamy chocolate and hazelnut filling, these decadent Christmas cookies look and taste amazing.—Mary Maddox, Bellmore, New York Go to Recipe With a creamy chocolate and hazelnut filling, these decadent Christmas cookies look and taste amazing.—Nancy Rowse, Bella Vista, Arkansas Go to Recipe With their black licorice tails, candy noses and peanut ears, these chewy "mice" were always a hit at classroom parties.Bursting with tart and sweet flavors, these cranberry coconut cookies are my favorite result from that experiment.—Amy Alberts, Appleton, Wisconsin Go to Recipe When my husband came home from the grocery store with six bags of fresh cranberries, I launched a full-scale effort to creatively use them all.Bursting with tart and sweet flavors, these cranberry coconut cookies are my favorite result from that experiment.Taste of Home Mint Chocolate Wafers My grandmother gave me a cookbook stuffed with recipes.—Martha Thefield, Cedartown, Georgia Go to Recipe When my daughter was a teen, these butter pecan cookies earned her two blue ribbons from two county fairs.—Barbara Nowakowski, North Tonawanda, New York Go to Recipe These pretty pink cookies always turn out so tender.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen Go to Recipe The history of these whimsically named treats has been widely disputed, but their popularity is undeniable.—Jenny Brown, West Lafayette, Indiana Go to Recipe My husband's grandma would make these butter cutouts only with a star cookie cutter.Now I make them every year with my daughters-in-law, daughters and grandchildren!—Sedonie Zeitler, Luxemburg, Wisconsin Go to Recipe As a little girl, I made these with my mother every Christmas.—Darlene Weaver, Lebanon, Pennsylvania Go to Recipe The first Christmas that I baked these, I ended up quickly making a second batch!Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing When it’s time to start the cookie-baking season, this recipe always kicks off the festivities.You can tint the buttery gingerbread cookie icing a cheery pink or green and pipe it on with a decorating tip.You can tint the buttery gingerbread cookie icing a cheery pink or green and pipe it on with a decorating tip.—June Lindquist, Hammond, Wisconsin Go to Recipe Some merry dairy snacking is guaranteed when you pass out these cashew-packed goodies!—Katie Koziolek, Hartland, Minnesota Go to Recipe I add a hint of lemon to these delightful sugar cookies.—Florence Monson, Denver, Colorado Go to Recipe These no-fuss candied fruit cookies are both nutty and fruity, so they're always a hit at holiday time.—Carolyn Moseley, Dayton, Ohio Go to Recipe What better way to brighten chilly winter days than with light-shaped cookies?That's how I came up with this fun recipe.—Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado Go to Recipe I loved finding deer tracks in snow when I was a kid.—Laurie Cornett, Charlevoix, Michigan Go to Recipe I won a baking contest with these chunky glazed cookies that are so easy, even novice bakers can pull them off.—Steve Foy, Kirkwood, Missouri Go to Recipe Fun and festive, these cookie sandwich trees will be a huge hit with kids of all ages.—Adela Srinivasan, Parker, Colorado Go to Recipe Our family wanted to share our love of ganache-filled cupcakes, so we made them into cookies.Triple-Chocolate Peppermint Treats Santa is sure to stop by your house if you leave these minty chocolate cookies waiting for him.—Teresa Ralston, New Albany, Ohio Go to Recipe Santa is sure to stop by your house if you leave these minty chocolate cookies waiting for him.Taste of Home Holly Wreaths I've never come across another spritz cookie like this - one calling for cream cheese as an ingredient.—Dee Lein, Longmont, Colorado Go to Recipe I've never come across another spritz cookie like this - one calling for cream cheese as an ingredient.Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies I recently found this old family recipe in my mom’s kitchen.Taste of Home Cream Cheese Spritz A hint of orange and cinnamon highlights these Christmastime classics.—Sarah Bedia, Lake Jackson, Texas Go to Recipe A hint of orange and cinnamon highlights these Christmastime classics.TIP: Bake a batch of the adorable elves as a classroom treat or use a few to brighten each of your cookie trays.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Go to Recipe A sweet frosting glaze, colorful candies and well-placed almond slices turn these sugar cookie diamonds into a big batch of Santa’s helpers.TIP: Bake a batch of the adorable elves as a classroom treat or use a few to brighten each of your cookie trays.You can use different food coloring for different seasons.—Jill Heatwole, Pittsville, Maryland Go to Recipe My mom used to make these cookies every Christmas, and I still love them.—TerryAnn Moore, Vineland, New Jersey Go to Recipe I use a round cookie cutter to form the crescent shapes for these nutty favorites.—Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho Go to Recipe When I spread these spicy gingerbread rounds with my lemony cream cheese frosting, I knew I had a hit.Easy Chocolate Gingerbread Cutouts I have many wonderful memories making these chocolaty cookies with my family during the Christmas season.—Debbie Rowe, Lexington, Kentucky Go to Recipe I have many wonderful memories making these chocolaty cookies with my family during the Christmas season.Marzipan Cups with Currant Jelly These bite-size beauties look and taste gourmet, but they're easy to make and boast a delicate almond flavor.The hidden jelly surprise and pretty nut accent make them a nice addition to any treats tray.—Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario Go to Recipe These bite-size beauties look and taste gourmet, but they're easy to make and boast a delicate almond flavor.The hidden jelly surprise and pretty nut accent make them a nice addition to any treats tray.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen Go to Recipe These snowflake cookies will melt in your mouth as soon as they hit your tongue.Italian Honey Clusters My mother made these treats flavored with cinnamon and anise for neighbors, teachers and anyone who stopped by.Make sure the honey doesn’t boil longer than a minute or it could burn.—Sarah Knoblock, Hyde Park, Indiana Go to Recipe My mother made these treats flavored with cinnamon and anise for neighbors, teachers and anyone who stopped by.Make sure the honey doesn’t boil longer than a minute or it could burn.—Sarah Knoblock, Hyde Park, Indiana.—Shelly Rynearson, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin Go to Recipe Cutting my favorite gingerbread cookie dough into snowflake shapes and decorating them with white icing was ideal for my theme get-together.For holiday gift giving, I put a batch of this cookie mix in an attractive basket along with the recipe and a festive tea towel.For holiday gift giving, I put a batch of this cookie mix in an attractive basket along with the recipe and a festive tea towel.—Kathleen Hedger, Fairview Heights, Illinois Go to Recipe I can't seem to make enough of these cornflake wreaths around the holidays.Made with raisins, walnuts and a delectable lemon glaze, these quickly became a family favorite.Made with raisins, walnuts and a delectable lemon glaze, these quickly became a family favorite.—Nancy Kostrej, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania Go to Recipe These tender cookie pillows, filled with a delicious walnut mixture, are my husband's favorite.You would never know these are so low in fat.— Jean L. Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin Go to Recipe You can treat yourself to one or two of my crackle cookies without guilt.—Ruth Ann Stelfox, Raymond, Alberta Go to Recipe Candied fruits give a stained-glass look to these cookies that taste like shortbread.For a festive decoration, arrange cutouts in a large clear jar to look like a snow globe.—Kelly Kirby, Mill Bay, British Columbia Go to Recipe I make a big batch of these gingerbread cookies every Christmas to give to co-workers and family.For a festive decoration, arrange cutouts in a large clear jar to look like a snow globe.Tint the glaze to fit the season.—Darina Jurasek, Salmon Arm, British Columbia Go to Recipe The warm flavor of cardamom spices up these classic sugar cookies.Start with purchased Pirouette cookies, dip in a rich creamy chocolate and peanut-butter coating, and dust with nuts or sprinkles.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen Go to Recipe These cookies make a fancy meal finale that couldn’t be quicker to whip up.Start with purchased Pirouette cookies, dip in a rich creamy chocolate and peanut-butter coating, and dust with nuts or sprinkles.—Jill LeMasters, Ravenna, Ohio Go to Recipe In a world of pumpkin spice flavor, these fluffy cookies are my top choice.—Mary Kaufenberg, Shakopee, Minnesota Go to Recipe Store-bought peanut butter sandwich cookies become jolly Santas with white chocolate, colored sugar, mini chips and red-hot candies.—Pat Doerflinger, Centerview, Missouri Go to Recipe The smell of peanut butter and chocolate always brings my cookie-hungry family running to the kitchen.—Joy Yurk, Grafton, Wisconsin Go to Recipe Topped with a chocolate kiss, these cherry-flavored cookies look super cute on a dessert tray.—Linda Sweet, Cornwall, New York Go to Recipe You can decorate these pretty Christmas trees with other types of sprinkles if you don't have the gold dust.I often cover a plate of these peppermint cookies with red or green plastic wrap and a bright holiday bow in one corner.I often cover a plate of these peppermint cookies with red or green plastic wrap and a bright holiday bow in one corner.— Cathy Hall, Lyndhurst, Virginia Go to Recipe My family’s all-time favorite Christmas cookie has had a million shapes over the years.—Jane Delahoyde, Poughkeepsie, New York Go to Recipe With a lemon filling and chocolate coating, these buttery sandwich cookies are often requested at my house, particularly for special occasions.Meringue Candy Canes These red-and-white striped treats get lots of compliments for their cute looks and minty taste.—Anne Lindway of Indianapolis, Indiana Go to Recipe These red-and-white striped treats get lots of compliments for their cute looks and minty taste.Her daughter, Esther Davis, shared the recipe with me and she came up with all the exact measurements, since the original cookies were mixed by feel and taste.—Helen Wallis, Vancouver, Washington Go to Recipe This sugar cookie dates back to a Swedish woman born in 1877!Her daughter, Esther Davis, shared the recipe with me and she came up with all the exact measurements, since the original cookies were mixed by feel and taste.I really mess up my kitchen whenever I bake a batch, but the smiles on the faces of family and friends enjoying them make it all worthwhile.— Paulette Morgan, Moorhead, Minnesota Go to Recipe These pretty pinwheel cookies have tempting swirly layers of orange and chocolate.I really mess up my kitchen whenever I bake a batch, but the smiles on the faces of family and friends enjoying them make it all worthwhile.— Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan Go to Recipe These bonbons remind me of England, with a touch of America.It's a messy but fun day!—Sandy Nace, Greensburg, Kansas Go to Recipe I have fond memories of baking and frosting these cutout cookies with my mom.—Lauren Knoelke, Des Moines, Iowa Go to Recipe You’ll love these cookies filled with a dreamy chai-infused ganache.Taste of Home Holiday Shortbread Cookies This special Christmas treat came to me from Scotland through a relative.I compared this recipe with one a friend makes, since her husband is of Scottish descent, and found this shortbread to be quite authentic.I compared this recipe with one a friend makes, since her husband is of Scottish descent, and found this shortbread to be quite authentic.—Eudora Delezenne, Port Huron, Michigan Go to Recipe When I was growing up, my mother and I created special Christmas memories in the kitchen preparing these cute, bite-sized cookies.Create a tasty treat in little more than half an hour by doctoring butter-flavored crackers with vanilla chips and mint candies.—Kathleen Felton, Fairfax, Iowa Go to Recipe No time to bake cookies from scratch?Create a tasty treat in little more than half an hour by doctoring butter-flavored crackers with vanilla chips and mint candies.—Kathleen Felton, Fairfax, Iowa.Get the kids involved in this holiday craft to keep them busy making memories.—Sue Draheim, Waterford, Wisconsin Go to Recipe Using prepared cookie dough gives you a nice head start to your own little forest of Christmas trees.Get the kids involved in this holiday craft to keep them busy making memories.—Sue Draheim, Waterford, Wisconsin.—Kara Cook, Elk Ridge, Utah Go to Recipe Every time I make these wonderful cookies, the spicy aroma takes me back to my childhood.The flaky cookies are filled with a scrumptious combination of dried cranberries, cinnamon, lemon and a hint of port wine.The flaky cookies are filled with a scrumptious combination of dried cranberries, cinnamon, lemon and a hint of port wine.— Taste of Home Test Kitchen Go to Recipe These decked-out doggies are all bundled up in colorful sweaters for the holidays.I've even had requests to make them for wedding receptions.—Deb Lyon, Bangor, Pennsylvania Go to Recipe I bake these delightful cookies every year for Christmas and when I share a tray of my homemade treats with the faculty at school, these are always the first to disappear!Taste of Home Hungarian Walnut Cookies As a child, I always looked forward to eating these goodies at Christmastime.—Sharon Kurtz, Emmaus, Pennsylvania Go to Recipe As a child, I always looked forward to eating these goodies at Christmastime.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen Go to Recipe Gather 'round the tree on Christmas Eve and feast on these adorable reindeer cookies.—Ann Eastman, Sacramento, California Go to Recipe With their cute curved shape, crescents always make charming additions to a Christmas platter.If they are here, they love to help—they like to put red glitter on the meringue and take such pride in knowing they have helped Grandma.—Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin.—Angela Lemoine, Howell, New Jersey Go to Recipe In our family, holiday cookies—like these nutty fig ones—are a big deal.My daughter and I love to make and eat these “turtles.” —Lesa Renner, Kingsport, Tennessee Go to Recipe Sometimes the best thing about a cookie is the memories made.—Helen McGibbon, Downers Grove, Illinois Go to Recipe These pretty cookies look fancy, but they are really not much work.—Samantha Gstalder, Montoursville, Pennsylvania Go to Recipe These cookies are soft, chewy and taste as good as they sound.—Mary Ann Mariotti, Plainfield, Illinois Go to Recipe Packed with fruit, nuts and vanilla chips, these are always a treat.Thumbprint Butter Cookies These buttery little rounds add beautiful color to a platter of treats.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen Go to Recipe These buttery little rounds add beautiful color to a platter of treats.—Donna Grace, Clancy, Montana Go to Recipe My granddaughter nicknamed my mother Cookie Grandma because she made wonderful cookie—including these crisp and chewy treats.They're my husband's top choice each Christmas.—Tami Henke, Lockport, Illinois Go to Recipe There's a nice chocolaty surprise inside these sweet kisses.—Sherry Conley, Noel, Hants County, Nova Scotia Go to Recipe These are one of my favorite cookies to make for the holidays.Cranberry Slices The holidays wouldn't be complete without a plateful of homemade cookies to give family and friends.Try these for gifts.—American Dairy Assoc, Stacy Duffy, Chicago, Illinois Go to Recipe The holidays wouldn't be complete without a plateful of homemade cookies to give family and friends.Hazelnut Dream Cookies I sampled these goodies at a Bible study and knew from the first bite that I had to have the recipe. .
How to Keep Your Cookies Fresh – Whisked by Jenna
But keeping cookies fresh is a challenge - and something we spend a lot of time thinking about at Whisked!Dry cookies become stale when they suck up moisture from the air - causing them to become soft and lose their snap.If storing cookies in layers, use parchment or wax paper to keep them separate.Left out on a tray, dry cookies will become stale much more quickly - in three to four days.Chewy cookies become stale when they lose moisture to the surrounding air - eventually becoming hard and brittle.Stored properly, chewy cookies should last for up to a week at room temperature.Without storing them in an airtight container, chewy cookies get stale very quickly - in two to three days.Storing unwrapped cookies will expose them to freezer burn and ice build up.Don’t forget to date and label your cookies, so you know what to grab when you’re hunting through the freezer.This method means the cookies have a double layer of protection from freezer burn and ice, so they’ll stay fresher longer.The easiest way to thaw a frozen cookie is to place it on your kitchen counter and let it come to room temperature.The thawed cookie will taste like it’s baked that day, because you froze it at the peak of perfection.Place the frozen cookie on a baking tray lined with parchment or foil.Using this method, your cookie will taste like it’s fresh baked and should have that warm and gooey center.Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Jenna moved to DC in 2005 to work in nonprofit communications. .
How to Store Cookies
Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team.To maintain the taste and flavor of your creations, follow our complete guide for how to store baked cookies.If you want to get a head start on cooking making, but still want fresh-from-the-oven cookies in a few days, store the dough.To prevent cookies from becoming stale, cover them with plastic wrap or keep in an airtight container.Storing cookies in jar with layers of waxed paper man hand Credit: Peter Krumhardt.Layer between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container or resealable plastic freezer bag ($13, Target).Layer delicate cookies, such as spritz or gingerbread men, between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container.When you’re ready to enjoy or share them as a food gift, let the cookies sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, then decorate!Softer cookies and baked goods, including brownies, cheesecake bars, and any sweets with sticky toppings, are best stored in a single layer in an airtight container.The same timing applies here: Store cookies in a single layer in the refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. .
How to Store Cookies in the Fridge, Freezer, and at Room
Prolonged exposure to open air makes starchy foods stale.Air exposes these foods to greater evaporation (even if through just a slit), making them dry.Think of a drink left out overnight: There will be less of the liquid in that cup in the morning, and cookies work in a similar way.Similarly, cake stands and other displays aren't great for storing cookies for more than a few hours.They tend to have ample air under their high tops, eliminating crispness and textural contrast, leaving cookies a touch hard.Baked cookies keep in the freezer for a year, while raw dough is best used within a few months.This is the last step in keeping cookies fresh: bringing them back to that out-of-the-oven state.Biscotti, polvorones, and other dryer cookies can become too dry during reheating, so skip this step.According to the USDA, homemade cookie dough lasts for two to four days in the refrigerator, and it should be stored in small containers.To freeze pre-portioned cookies, set them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or greased. .
How Long Do Cookies Last (Freshly Baked)?
The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep freshly baked cookies in a dry area.Refrigerate immediately any cookies that contain frosting or filling made with dairy products or eggs, such as buttercream, whipped cream, cream cheese or custard frostings or fillings; these cookies will last about 5 to 7 days in the fridge.The freezer time shown is for best quality only - cookies that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely. .
How Long Do Homemade Cookies Last? An Easy Guide
Assuming you mean in terms of freshness and not how long will it take until everyone in the neighborhood comes over to eat them (this can be pretty instantaneous, in our experience), the answer does depend on what type of cookie you’re making and how you’re storing them, but we’ve got some basic cookie baking tips on the subject and then more explanations if you’re curious.Leave this field blank First Name E-Mail I consent to receive this recipe book and other e-mails from Into the Cookie Jar.Easily stack them on top of each other and tuck them away in a cool, dry place and enjoy munching on your shortbread for weeks.This is because, depending on the type of frosting, you may be incorporating extra eggs and other ingredients like cream cheese into your cookies.These ingredients have shorter shelf lives in general, and when in frosting and not baked, you don’t want to leave them too long.You also run the risk of the frosting drying out and going hard after about 2 days, not even taking food safety into account. .
So how do you keep cookies fresh so that they can deliver optimum flavor for the maximum amount of time?Here, we’ll go through a number of different tips and tricks for keeping cookies fresh longer, from proactive steps to proper storage to even a few hacks for “reviving” old cookies!Your freezer is your friend when it comes to keeping cookies fresh longer.When you’re ready for cookies, simply defrost the dough in the refrigerator overnight, then bake as usual the following day.The proper mode of storage depends on the type of cookie you make.The classic cookie jar is a great example: it “seals” but is not airtight.This means the cookies are protected from dust and the elements, but they aren’t sealed in a humid container that will keep them soft.If you don’t have a cookie jar, an airtight container with the lid not totally sealed is fine.If you want to freshen up your cookies directly before serving, pop them in the oven very briefly.A brief stint in the oven will bring out the aroma and flavor in cookies that are a few days old. .
Do You Really Need to Bake with Room Temperature Eggs?
Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions and then drain and drizzle with olive oil to prevent it sticking. .