Can You Freeze Decorated Sugar Cookies?

Did you know that because most cookies contain little to no water, they freeze well? When water freezes, it expands and then contracts when it thaws. This expansion can ruin the texture of frozen food. However, most cookie doughs will not be affected. The freezing window for cookies is a little less than usual, at around three months.

Does Freezing Ruin Cookies?

You don't have to worry about your cookies spoiling if you freeze them. When storing frozen cookies in zip lock freezer bags, squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing the bag entirely. Your frozen treats are at the mercy of the air. You remove excess air from the cookies, which keeps them fresher for longer and prevents freezer burn.

What is the Best Container for Freezing Cookies?

An airtight container is the most acceptable container for freezing cookies. Before putting the cookies in the container and shutting the lid, wrap them with plastic wrap.

How Long do Frozen Cookies Last?

If you wrap frozen cookies securely in plastic and store them in an airtight container, they can last 3 months.

How to Freeze Decorated Cookies

Whether or not you're going to freeze it, bake it the night before you decorate it. The following day, you decorate. You can leave the decorated cookies to dry overnight in a cool oven and wrap them up the next day. Decorated cookies freeze well. Here are some ideas for storing decorated cookies in the freezer:

·         Allow Icing to Dry Before Freezing  

Allow 18 hours for the icing to dry after decorating your cookies. Please keep them at room temperature overnight before packing and freezing your decorated cookies.

·         Store in a Freezer Bag or Container  

Make use of a freezer-safe container or bag. If you choose, you can also add ribbons or a bubble pouch before freezing, so the cookies are ready to pull and go.

·         Allow 3-4 hours for the cookies to defrost

Remember to let decorated cookies go to room temperature before opening the freezer bag or container, especially if they were wrapped in bags before freezing.

The temperature difference could produce condensation within the cookie package and color leakage on your frosting if you don't let the cookies come to room temperature. Allow the cookies to come to room temperature before opening the container or bag.

·         Freeze Once 

It's ideal only to freeze once. Re-freezing your cookies can cause them to dry out. So if you freeze the un-decorated cookies, you won't be able to re-freeze them after decorating. It all depends on your schedule and how much time you have to bake and decorate.

·         Store up to 3 Months

Cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months if properly packaged and preserved.  Cookie dough doesn’t last quite as long because the leavener will start to degrade.  It is best to keep raw cookie dough no longer than one month. Because cookies and dough are sensitive to freezer odors, it's good to keep a box of Arm & Hammer handy.

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