Store cookies with royal icing and decorations in the freezer! This is ideal when you need to prep cookies ahead of time or you have an over abundance of cookies you need to store. Storing in the freezer is an ideal way to get ahead of any holiday and Christmas baking. Follow these easy steps to freeze your favorite decorative cookies, made with royal icing or other fun sprinkles.
STEPS | STORING COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING AND DECORATIONS
Step 1: After decorating your cookies with royal icing and any other decorations, like sprinkles, let them dry overnight (about 8-12 hours) on your kitchen counter. This is key. The royal icing must be 110% dry and hard. Next, make room in your freezer. Make sure you have enough space for all your cookie storage.
Store cookies with royal icing and decorations is a time commitment. Make sure you write out a timeline of freezing and decorating the cookies.
Tip: You can freeze with the cookies with royal icing ONLY. Thaw them and then decorate the cookies. I like doing this in the holidays. OR, you can freeze fully decorate cookies with sprinkles and decorations.
Step 2: After the icing is dry, place it in a zip lock-style plastic bag. Remove any excess air gently with your hands. Lay as flat as possible.
Tip: You can stack on the decorated cookies on top of each other in the plastic bag. Just place the cookies in the bag carefully.
Tip: If your cookies are decorated in fine detail, put them in a food storage container. This will avoid any bumps and cracks while being stored in the freezer.
Don’t have extra food storage containers? That is OK. Make sure you lay your plastic bags completely flat in the freezer.
Step 3: Non-decorative cookies, like drop cookies, don’t really need to store in an extra fancy food storage container. Plastic bags work just fine.
Step 4: Lay completely flat in your freezer. Avoid placing the bags on top of one another. I like to write the date on the bag to makes sure I eat ’em within 1-3 months of freezing.
Step 5: Ready to eat these cookies? Remove them from the freezer, open the bag, and let them thaw on your kitchen counter for 1-2 hours.
Tip: Avoid defrosting them in the fridge. It will causes excess moisture on the royal icing.
QUESTIONS | STORING COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING AND DECORATIONS
How long will my cookies last in the freezer?
Up to 3 months. It is best to eat these cookie within 1 month.
What if my cookies have lots of sprinkles?
Yes, you can store cookies with sprinkles, nonpareils, and fine decorations. Just realize some sprinkles may fall off due to storage.
What about cookies decorative with buttercream or contain filling, like jam?
Avoid freezing cookies with buttercream or contain a filling, like jam. Too much moisture is present and will leave an odd consistency.
You can freeze the cookies. Once you are ready to fill the cookie, thaw the cookies, and fill as needed.
Can I freeze undecorated cookies?
Yes, of course. Here is list of cookies, and brownies, that freeze nicely.
If you wish to decorate cookies, here is my royal icing recipe.
What cookies do not freeze well?
Thin cookies like Florentines, lace, or tuile cookies. Cookies filled with fruit, jam, or jellies because of the moisture content. Filled sandwich-style cookies like fancy Oreo-types or buttercream filled.
If you are making filled cookies, simply freeze the cookie part only. The day you need the cookies filled, remove ’em from the freezer and fill ’em.
Read more about common mistakes when freezing cookies from The Kitchn.
Can you stack cookies frosted with royal icing and freeze them?
Yes! Just completely dry the cookies before stacking. Use a big enough food storage container that will hold all of the cookies.
Store cookies with royal icing and decorations simply takes time. Make sure you give yourself enough time to bake, cool, icing, and dry the cookies before freezing them.
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