While nothing beats a cookie that’s still warm from the oven, your cookies can still taste delicious the next day, so long as you store them properly. Here’s how to keep fresh-baked cookies tasting great.
- Always, allow cookies to cool completely before storing. Otherwise, they will steam and get soggy.
- Most cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
- Cookies that are frosted or have a cream filling should be stored in the refrigerator.
- Frosted cookies should be allowed to set completely. Then stored in an airtight container with waxed paper separating layers.
How to Freeze Baked Cookies
Most baked cookies can be stored in airtight containers and frozen for up to 6 months—don’t forget to label them. Layer delicate or frosted cookies between sheets of waxed paper. Meringue, custard and cream-filled cookies do no freeze well. Thaw cookies in their container at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. When thawing crispy cookies, remove from their container.
How to Store Cookie Dough
Cookie dough can be refrigerated or frozen for baking later. Store dough in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
More detailed information about how to freeze cookie dough and baked cookies.
Now that you know why your recipe calls for softened butter, how to measure properly and all the other techniques that go into making perfect cookies—you’re ready for any cookie recipe. Tell us which one you’ll bake first or ask us additional cookie baking questions in the comments section below. We always love hearing from our home cooks.