Advice for homemade cookies for wedding!
I really want to make homemade cookies as favors for my wedding. I am an experienced baker so I am comfortable taking on the project as long as I can keep the cookies fresh. I think I will need to bake all the cookies in advance and then freeze them (I am having 200 guests, so around 600 total cookies). Does anyone have suggestions for this scenario:
I will bake in advance, then freeze the cookies for about 6 weeks. I need to drive to the wedding city, which is a 9 hour drive so the cookies will defrost in the car. Then can I re-freeze them for a week and thaw right before the wedding? I want to put the cookies in the decorative bags 2 days before the wedding so I don't get hit with a late night the night before the wedding.
These cookies will go through a lot! Any suggestions/advice for keeping them fresh?
Also, suggestions on what types of cookies will be best?
I routinely freeze cookies. I think freezing for six weeks sounds like a lot depending on what kind of cookie we're talking about, but that in itself is not a killer. I think freezing, thawing and then refreezing is a BAD idea for any cookie. It would be better to keep them frozen using dry ice for your drive until they can be thawed for service.
Also, putting them into bags and letting them sit for two days after all of that, yikes.
I guess given what you've outlined I would suggest putting them into their service bags and freezing them like that until service. If not one huge frozen cube, any cookie will thaw in an hour or so.
You need something durable. Not squishy and not crispy, not dependent on a particular baked-in texture to be perfect. Shortbread hearts? I make 1" shortbread hearts dusted with coarse white sanding sugar for gifts and they freeze and store beautifully. I roll the dough thick-ish--like 3/8". You could vary the cookie cutter sizes--I have some ruffle edge an some plain in various sizes, and when tossed together in a cellophane bag they look lovely.