This December, we’re going to show you how you can achieve great taste using everyone’s favorite treat: chocolate. This content was created in partnership with Food52.
Imagine this: You go to check your mail and find a package waiting for you. When you open it, you’re surprised by a tin of holiday cookies — but they’re in a million little pieces. It’s the season for sending and receiving treats in the mail — you just have to make sure they get to where they’re going safely.
This year, make sure your precious goods arrive at their final destinations intact. Watch the video below for inspiration, and then read on for our best methods for prepping, storing and packing everything from sturdy treats to delicate truffles.
How to Prep and Store Cookies in the Refrigerator and Freezer
At a certain point this winter, you may reach your cookie limit. Don’t react impulsively and throw out your whole stash — knowing how to properly store your cookies will save you a lot of time, waste, and desserts down the line. Here’s how to do it:
When freezing baked cookies, make sure that they are completely cool before wrapping. Use airtight freezer bags, making sure to squeeze out all of the air before sealing. Consider using vacuum-sealed bags to ensure freshness and to keep out any freezer flavor.
When it comes time to thaw the cookies, let them thaw completely before removing them from the wrapping. Otherwise, moisture will form on the surface of the unwrapped cookie. If you’d only like to thaw a few cookies, transfer them to another bag to thaw and return the other wrapped cookies to the freezer.
For raw shortbread and butter cookie dough, form the dough into a log, wrap it tightly in plastic, and seal it in an airtight freezer bag. Thaw the wrapped dough in the refrigerator, then let it come to room temperature for a few minutes before slicing and baking.
Drop cookie dough, like molasses cookies or snickerdoodles, should be scooped onto a cookie sheet, then covered in plastic and place in the freezer. When the portioned dough is frozen, transfer it into an airtight freezer bag. They can be baked straight from the freezer -- just allow a couple extra minutes of baking time.
Packing and Shipping Cookies
Cookies are precious cargo, so you’ll want to choose containers according to the kind of cookie they’ll hold. Sturdier treats -- like truffle or bark -- can go in cellophane bags tied with twine, whereas fudgier brownies need something a little sturdier, like a box tucked with an ample amount of wax paper. We love to pack cookies and treats in reusable containers -- like colorful mason jars -- for a two-in-one gift.
If your cookies have a cross-country journey, make sure you pack them in a box with plenty of bubble wrap to keep them protected.
Live.Love.Lux Tip: When freezing your cookies, place the freezer bag into another bag or airtight container before storing in Electrolux’s humidity-controlled Perfect Temp drawer.
Photo credit: James Ransom