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Nov 27, 2011 11:57 AM

Freezing cookies

I realized this has been discussed before - but just can't find it. Do you freeze shortbread cookies? What Christmas cookies do you recommend not freezing?

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  1. The only kind of cookies I can think of where freezing might be a problem would be something w/ a marshmallow middle. The texture might be altered when they thawed.

    Every other kind--shortbread, marzipan, oatmeal, chocolate dipped, jam dotted or filled, and anything else under the sun comes out the same as it goes in. The only caveats are to let them cool first to avoid ice crystals, and to package in an airtight container to avoid absorbing any possible off-flavor.

    Happy baking!

    3 Replies
    1. re: Stein the Fine

      cookies involving caramel don't freeze well either.

      everything else? bag 'em up!

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Now you've got me curious. Are you talking about lace cookies? What happens to them? Do they absorb too much moisture from the air when they thaw and get sort of wet and melted?

        1. re: Stein the Fine

          if by lace cookie, you mean something with a cornsyrup base that creates a lacy 'florentine' type cookie, then I can tell you that they freeze just fine; have done it for yrs.

    2. On 2nd thought, there's one other thing to watch out for. If you use decorative beads or dots that can be easily knocked off, you'll have to pack them carefully, perhaps paper between the layers, in a hard container. Perhaps a good idea for chocoate dipped, too, just to be on the safe side.

      Also I've never tried freezing lemon bars or other pudding textured bars, so I can't vouch for those.

      On edit: David Lebovitz says about his lemon bars, "You can freeze the lemon bars as well for up to one month, letting them come to room temperature before serving", so I guess it's okay.

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      1. re: Stein the Fine

        Thanks to al lwho answered my question....I'm going to start my Christmas cookie baking tomorrow.....Yum - Yum - Yum...just have to get some frozen before my husband gets into them - LOL...

        1. re: eaglelake

          Actually, most cookies are very good frozen. If you want to protect them from your husband, you're going ti have to label them tripe or some such.

          1. re: Plano Rose

            lol, i love frozen blondies and brownies!

            1. re: Plano Rose

              And, even frozen cookie dough is good.

              1. re: Plano Rose

                You're absolutely right. My husband will actually put room temperature cookies into the freezer before eating them. He does this with chocolate, too. But I still love him. :)