If I bake pumpkin cookies tonight (Monday 10/5) and put them in an airtight plastic bag do you think they'll still be fresh for use on Friday? Tonight is my only free night this week and cookies have to be delivered Thursday evening for a meal on Friday evening. Thank you to all!!
You could put them in a plastic bag and leave them on the counter, but you'd have better luck freezing the finished cookies in said plastic bag and thawing before serving.
Alternately, if you have a free half hour on Thursday night, you could freeze the unbaked cookie dough that you prepared on Monday, pull it out on Thursday and bake it fresh then.
Depending on the type of cookie (drop or sliced), you can either roll the dough into little balls and freeze them on a metal baking sheet for 2 hours and then transfer them to airtight plastic bags for long term storage (keeps for a month or so!), or you can roll the dough into long slice and bake style logs, wrap the logs in parchment paper, and then in saran wrap. I like to shove the logs inside of a cardboard paper towel tube to help them keep their shape. You can then bake the cookies directly from the freezer. You just need to add a minute or two to the original baking time.
I hope this helps!
My mom bakes pumpkin-raisin cookies around the holidays and I have to say they are not very good after about two days. They get soft in a plastic bag due to condensation and they taste stale. I wonder if freezing would work better?
Good luck with your cookies.
Agree with ms.sarah on freezing.
Things to keep in mind if you are going to freeze your baked cookies.
1. Make sure your cookies cool completely
2. Wrap them securely in plastic wrap; then cover with a layer of aluminimum foil.
3. Place the wrapped cookies in a metal or plastic container and cover tightly to prevent moisture loss, freezer burn, or absorption of unwanted odors in the freezer, etc.
If you freeze them, I find that pumpkin cookies tend to stick to each other. I'd either freeze them single layer on a cookie tray and, once frozen, put them in a tupperware or ziplock or plastic wrap (or any combination). Or, freeze them w/ parchment or wax paper in between layers. I've spent far too much time trying to pry cookies apart.