Pfeffernusse: These should be made at least a few days or up to 2 weeks before serving, depending on the recipe, and they keep for several weeks. Shortbread and shortbread cookies: These keep for at least 1 month. Springerles: These should be made 2 weeks before serving and they keep for several months.
Freezing is the best way we’ve found to keep your cookies fresh when you want to make them ahead of time. Then just pull them out of the freezer a few hours before needed and serve. … All other cookies should be stored at room temperature or frozen.
Cookie dough for either recipe can be made up to three days ahead of time (chilling is actually recommended for shortbread). You can also pop disks of dough into the freezer for about three months.
In general, baked cookies will be fine at room temperature for about 3 days, but only if stored correctly. For most kinds of cookies, there are essentially two ways to store them: in an airtight container at room temperature. in an airtight container in the freezer.
Store them flat in a ziptop freezer bag, with layers of parchment paper between them. That will make it easy to separate them for serving, with minimal breakage. It also makes for more organized storing in the freezer. Cookies should thaw at room temperature outside of the bag for 10-15 minutes.
Add sprinkles after baking
Top the cookies with frosting (homemade or purchased) that is soft but not too runny. (Sprinkles will not stick to dry, stiff frosting.)
How far ahead of time can you bake the cookies? I would say a month or two, if you freeze them. If not, about a week, maybe a little more.
Always store baked cookies only after they’ve cooled completely. If you store them while they’re still warm, condensation will make them soggy. … You can refrigerate or freeze most cookie dough, so you can bake a batch at a moment’s notice.
How far in advance can you bake cookies? At room temperature: Eat these cookies as quickly as possible—within three days is best. If you have cookies with fillings, like brandy snaps, keep them in the fridge. In the freezer: Delicate cookies like these do not store well in the freezer.
Make sure cookies cool completely before storing. Store them at room temperature in an air-tight container, like Tupperware. Store different flavors separately. Over time, strongly flavored cookies like molasses or mint will seep into other cookies, so if possible store each flavor in its own container.
Bakery or homemade cookies can be stored at room temperature two to three weeks or two months in the refrigerator. Cookies retain their quality when stored in the freezer for eight to 12 months. Moist bars, such as cheesecake and lemon bars, can be refrigerated for seven days.
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“When your cookie dough is not refrigerated, the butter is at room temperature. … So chilling the dough before baking means fluffier cookies with better consistency. Plus, if you have a bowl of dough ready in the refrigerator, it’s much easier to scoop while chilled than at room temperature.