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Need To Store Baked Cookies? Here’s The Best Way To Do It

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It’s that time of year when cookies are out in full force, flaunting their decorations and their holiday spirit. Or you know, you work a lot to manage to make multiple batches for all of the events you’re going to. But how do you store baked cookies? Are there rules? Yes, and we’re going to go through them right now!

If you’re new at baking cookies or are just trying to make larger quantities starting this year, then maybe you need to find out a few things about how to store baked cookies, once they’re ready. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to store different varieties of cookies in the same place or container, but if you did, you might have found out that is not a very good idea most of the time.

Why, you might ask? Because the texture of the cookies can change. Soft cookies will probably harden, while crunchy cookies will lose their crispiness and soften up. Not to mention that flavors from different cookies might end up mixing up and nobody wants that!

Luckily, there are ways to go around this deterioration. And ways to store baked cookies so that they keep perfectly until it’s time to gift them to your family and friends or serve them at various holiday parties.

Need to Store Baked Cookies? Here’s the Best Way to Do It
Crispy cookies, like oat cookies, can be frozen better than soft cookies.

6 helpful rules to help you store baked cookies

1. You can freeze them for long-term storage

If you are very busy right before the holidays, then making the cookies and then freezing them when you have some time is a pretty safe bet to make. The important thing to remember is to let the cookies completely cool off after you’ve baked them. Add them to an airtight container, in a single layer or stacked in multiple layers. For the latter option, add parchment paper between the layers. That way, you can store baked cookies for up to three months.

Crispy cookies keep better than soft cookies. Meringue-based cookies do not freeze well, so don’t do that!

When you need the cookies, make sure to take them out of the freezer and keep them in the refrigerator overnight. And then take them out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature.

But if you only need to store them fresh for about a week or so, you don’t have to freeze them, which takes us to the next point.

2. Keep them separate

If you are making different types of cookies, then don’t store all of them in the same container. Split them up according to type, crunchy versus soft, and keep the flavors separate as well if the flavors are strong.

You can’t keep soft and crispy cookies in the same place because the moisture from the soft ones tends to transfer to the crispy ones, and thus both are pretty much ruined. That’s a bit dramatic, but you get the idea.

Need to Store Baked Cookies? Here’s the Best Way to Do It
When you store the cookies, make sure that nobody can steal them until you’re ready to gift them.

3. Storing soft cookies

If you have soft gingerbread cookies and something like soft peanut butter cookies, yes, store them separately, otherwise, their flavors might influence each other in unpleasant ways. Here is a trick to help them stay soft enough: add a slice of white bread to the container they’re in so that the moisture in the bread transfers the cookies.

You can also add a slice of apple to them, but only if the cookies go well with apple flavor, cause some of that will transfer.

4. Storing crispy cookies

When it comes to crispy cookies, the idea is to keep them in a container that is not airtight. So, in fact, the opposite to soft cookies. The air the cookies are exposed to will keep away the moisture.

If they become soft, you can heat the cookies before using them in the oven for 3-5 minutes, at 300 degrees F/150 degrees C.

Need to Store Baked Cookies? Here’s the Best Way to Do It
If you’ve protected your cookies well enough, there’s no reason not to have an amazing looking batch.

5. Keep at room temperature

Unless your recipe specifically requires it, freshly baked cookies, be them soft or crispy, should always be kept at room temperature.

6. Take care of decorated cookies

If you’ve already decorated your cookies, then protect them as much as you can, because they’re fragile. Soft or crispy, you should store them in layers, and add sheets of parchment paper between the layers, to make sure the icings or glazes don’t transfer where they don’t belong.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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When Kristine de la Cruz and Annie Choi decided to join forces and combine their respective expertise in confections and coffee, the result became one of Los Angeles’ best bake and coffee shops. The secret to the sweet success at their endeavor, FrankieLucy Bakeshop, may lie in de la Cruz’s mastery of Filipino-inspired treats from her already established Crème Caramel LA and Choi’s knack and know-how with coffee at her own Found Coffee.

Or perhaps the secret could be the inspiration behind their new shop’s name. For those curious, FrankieLucy was inspired by de la Cruz’s and Choi’s two cute pups whose names are — you guessed it — Frankie and Lucy.

Adorable dogs, yummy and unique treats, and top notch coffee? Yeah, the formula for success is all there.

Clearly FrankieLucy Bakeshop has something for everybody at their Silver Lake neighborhood location in Los Angeles. From delicious custards, quiches, brownies, cookies, and cakes flavored with deft Filipino influence to a unique craft coffee program featuring Demitasse and boutique beans, it’s no wonder that FrankieLucy has come out the gate with great achievement in their first few months after opening.

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This Instagram Makes Stunning Tutorials On Frosting Cupcakes

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We’ve met many casual bakers over the years, and take it from us, frosting a cupcake can be far from a cakewalk. Cringe-worthy puns aside, knowing how to properly frost baked goods can take some practice. Luckily, there are dope people out there who are willing to lend a hand to anyone interested in the process.

The Instagram page of Royal Icing Baking Supply Co. features many mini tutorials on how to ice a cupcake, reports Design Taxi. Not just the standard swirl, if that’s what your’e expecting, but elegant patterns and piping techniques that will sure to impress anyone sampling your baked goods.

Any aspiring bakers looking for some fun and creative techniques to practice with, make sure to take a look at their page. 

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This Sneaky Sashimi Bowl Is Actually A Cake In Disguise

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There’s nothing comparable to a good bowl of sashimi over rice. The Japanese dish of raw fish has become a popular staple for those looking for something light and fresh, that isn’t rolled in seaweed. However, the next time you order a bowl of your favorite tuna cut, you might want to double check before biting into it. It could just be a cake pretending.

A local bakery in Shinjuku, Japan, is known for their impressive cake models. The bakery uses popular Japanese dishes as a template for their cakes. Honestly, you couldn’t tell them apart by looking.

Take this sashimi bowl, for example.

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Made with different pastry components, the cake is layered with candy colored ingredients to create the illusion of a well-stacked bowl of sashimi. This includes cucumbers, shredded seaweed and even a garnish of lettuce .

However, it’s all sweets.

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Under the layer of fanciful Japanese condiments, one will discover nothing more than mousse below the surface. The tuna is made from a red gelatin that’s carefully sliced. The seaweed and cucumbers are black and white chocolates, respectively. Even the rice is made from a colored mousse.

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Ah, you just gotta love Japan.

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So a man in Colorado walked into a bakery with designs for an anti-gay cake. While this sounds like the build-up to a tasteless joke, it actually turned into a huge win for civil rights.

Last March, William Jack asked the Denver-based Azucar Bakery to create two cakes for him in the shape of Bibles. The cakes would then quote anti-gay verses and feature an image of two groomsmen holding hands. Their hands would then be crossed out.

The owner of the bakery, Marjorie Silva, refused Jack’s request and told him that her bakery does not discriminate against groups of people. She did, however, offer to make the Bible cakes and give Jack the icing to decorate his cakes any way he wanted.

Jack was not pleased with this decision. The dissatisfied customer took the case to the Colorado Civil Rights Division, ironically, for discriminating against him. Silva, however, refuted the claim saying that she refused to serve him based on his request of “derogatory language and imagery.”

According to sources, the ruling stated that Silva would not accept orders discriminating against gays just as she wouldn’t accept orders discriminating against Christians. Essentially, the bakery would refuse to make a cake that discriminated against anyone. Period.

The Colorado Rights Division ruled in favor of Silva, last week. The past year has been an intense one for Silva and her bakery, but she stands firmly behind her decision and is glad she won.

Jack, however, plans to appeal this decision.

 

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This college study reveals something we probably could’ve copped to all along: Oreos may be just as addictive as cocaine. Now that we’ve confirmed the uphill battle we face against these creamy sandwich cookies is definitely real, we’re just going to give in and buy a package (or three). If you, too, have an Oreo obsession, we suggest taking it to the next level with these creative spins on the cookie.

Slutty Brownies

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Offensive name? Yes. Downright delicious? Yes! Our version of slutty brownies involves Funfetti cake.

Oreo Icebox No-Bake Cake

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This cake is made entirely out of cookies. How, might you ask? The cookies absorb the moisture from the whipped cream, creating a sliceable, no-bake icebox cake.

Fried Oreos

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Re-create fair food at home by battering and frying Oreos in pancake mix. Make these easy homemade fried Oreos, then dust them with powdered sugar for the ultimate indulgent treat.

Oreo-Stuffed Funfetti Cupcakes

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Load up your cupcakes by making these Oreo-stuffed Funfetti cupcakes, featuring a surprise Oreo in the center.

 Oreo Churros

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Experience fried Oreo churros, and you won’t be disappointed.

Slutty Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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These slutty brownie ice cream sandwiches involve chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and Oreo ice cream.

Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

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All you need is Oreo cookies, some ice cream, and sprinkles to create these mini Oreo ice cream sandwiches.

Oreo Cookies-and-Cream No-Bake Cheesecake

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With a graham-cracker crust and creamy filling, there’s no cooking required in this Oreo cookies-and-cream no-bake cheesecake.

Oreo Cookie-Dough Dip

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Imagine cookie dough . . . in dip form. That’s exactly what’s going on with this Oreo cookie-dough dip.

Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls

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Oreo truffles are sent over the edge with these peppermint Oreo cookie balls.

Oreo Muffins

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Oreos make another breakfast appearance in this hot chocolate Oreo muffins recipe.

Pudding-Stuffed Oreos

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Stuff Oreos with Oreo-flavored pudding, and if you’re over 21, spike it with some vodka.

Oreo Milkshake

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Up the ante with a frothy, no-holds-barred fountain-shop treat that couldn’t be easier to make at home.

Oreo Biscotti

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The cookie within a cookie, dip these Oreo biscotti in milk for a heavenly pairing.

Oreo Blizzard

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Want to add even more fun to your Oreo drink? Blend up an ultrathick Oreo blizzard.

Oreo Pancakes

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These Oreo pancakes with cookies-and-cream glaze come fully loaded with Oreos in the batter and in the glaze topping — enough said.

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