Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Cookie Storage - Keeping Soft Cookies Soft

Oxo Storage Containers are great for keeping your cookies soft!

I love my Old Fashioned Sugar Cookie recipe because they are soft and tender and chewy just the way I like them. But, if you don't store them properly, they will lose some of their moisture and get dry - still good, but crisp and losing that softness we love about them. Here are a few cookie storage tips that might be helpful.

First things first.  Crisp cookies should always be stored covered loosely with plastic wrap or in a cookie jar with a loose fitting lid in order to retain their crispiness.  Airtight storage containers will make your crisp cookies soften.

Soft cookies, on the other hand, such as those old fashioned sugar cookies, must be stored in a very airtight container so that they retain their moisture. An Oxo POP container shown above is ideal because of it's easy one button sealer, but a Tupperware or Rubbermaid type of container that can be burped of the air will also work.

Store soft cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator if you're going to store them for a week.  If you're going to have them out longer than that - such as for a seasonal holiday tray - the ideal thing to do is to flash-freeze them individually on a baking sheet. Once frozen, stack them into a freezer bag or storage container, and take out only as many as you want or need for each day.

Try this trick. Add a slice or two of fresh bread in the container, either under the cookies or on top. The bread will not affect the flavor of the cookies, but the theory here is that the cookies will draw moisture from the bread. When the bread dries up, discard and replace with a fresh piece.  Add a piece of waxed paper to the cookie storage container, with enough hangover on the sides to fold over on top of the cookies. Add slices of fresh bread in the container, then stack the cookies on top. Fold the excess waxed paper over the top of the container, seal and burp.