When storing cookie bars, the best way to maintain freshness is to keep them in the pan you baked them in. Cover the pan with foil or place it in a large, resealable bag.
Stored properly, chewy cookies should last for up to a week at room temperature. Without storing them in an airtight container, chewy cookies get stale very quickly – in two to three days.
If you are planning to eat the cookies within a few days, place them in an airtight container or ziplock bag. You can also place a slice of sandwich bread inside the container, which will absorb excess moisture and help keep the cookies soft. If you want to enjoy the cookies later on, bake them, then let them cool.
Keep those cookies crisp by storing them in an airtight container. Some people toss a piece of bread in with the cookies to help absorb any excess moisture. You could also re-crisp them by baking on a wire rack in a 300 degree F oven for a few minutes.
Keep Your Cookies In An Airtight Container
Containers that are airtight are perfect for storing cookies because they keep moisture away. Containers like ceramic cookie jars may look beautiful, but they are often not airtight and can make your cookies go stale in a hurry.
How to Tell When Chocolate Chip Cookies Are Done. Chocolate chip cookies are done when they have a firm golden edge or bottom and appear slightly set on top. If the edges become dark brown, they are overbaked. If edges aren’t golden and tops are soft and shiny, bake a little longer.
Regular homemade cookies will last for 4-5 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature and up to 9 months if stored in the freezer.
Use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Coating your baking sheet with nonstick spray or butter creates an overly greasy foundation, causing the cookies to spread. I always recommend a silicone baking mat because they grip onto the bottom of your cookie dough, preventing the cookies from spreading too much.
Cookie jars can keep your cookies fresh, as long as you have one with an airtight seal. Most common ceramic cookie jars are not usually airtight; therefore, they will not keep your cookies fresh.
Can I leave cookies out to cool overnight? While cookies have an amazing lifespan at room temperature, they shouldn’t be left uncovered all night. Exposed to the air, cookies can dry out and become hard. It’s best to stick them in an airtight container and leave them on the countertop for up to three days.
How it works is relatively simple. Simply, the cookies start to absorb the moisture from the slice of bread. You’ll notice this after a day or so (if your cookies last that long) when you open the cookie jar and find, essentially, a crouton. The cookies will sap up all that extra moisture.
You can use a cookie jar with an airtight lid that has a silicone or rubber seal for an optimal storage container. If your cookie jar’s lid lacks a seal, easily add your own by: adhering rubber seal weatherstripping, or. applying Sugru moldable glue to the lid’s inner rim.
Prevents Cookies from Going Stale
One of the main, and most obvious reasons, for a cookie jar, is that it prevents its contents from going stale. Many modern cookie jars come with a rubber seal in order to prevent baked goods from going stale, which is much easier, and more appealing than putting them in plastic wrap.