Storing Cookies

cookiesandpaperA major tip for keeping your cookies fresh is letting them cool completely before you store them away. However, there are many little tips and tricks I’ve learned that I think will be very helpful to know in addition to the one I just told you. The first way to store them is to layer the cookies in plastic container (any size) with wax paper in between each layer. Once you can’t layer anymore cookies, add wax paper on top then a slice of fresh bread. Put the lid on the container to seal in the freshness. When the slice of bread becomes hard or stale, just replace it with a fresh one.

Second tip is adding apple slices to the container you will be using to store your cookies. The moisture from the apples will keep the moisture in your cookies so they are kept soft for a longer time.

Another tip is for storing cookies in a cookie jar, and making sure they stay fresh. So for keeping your cookies fresh you need to take an aluminum tea ball and place a cotton ball that is slightly dampened with water inside it. Close the tea ball and place it inside the cookie jar. Add more water to the cotton ball every now and then. Also, dry cookies can also be softened this way.

Finally, to keep cookies fresh even longer, freeze them. Your going to take a sheet of freezer paper and place it at the bottom of a plastic container. Carefully layer your cookies on the freezer paper. Cover that layer with another sheet of freezer paper, and then add another layer. Repeat the process until your container is packed. Then completely seal the container with the lid. Place the container in your freezer. Be sure it lays flat on a surface and won’t be jarred around. The plastic containers and freezer paper will keep your cookies fresh and moist for up to three months, while protecting them from freezer burns.

Source: Cook’s Illustrated: How to keep Homemade Cookies Fresh