Sunday, June 15, 2014

Can I Freeze Iced Cookies?

Dear David


Dear David, is it possible for me to bake and freeze your Sugar Cookies ahead of time and can they also be frozen once iced for a later date?  ~Patrick

Patrick,

This question gets asked every now and then here on the blog and I always tell people that they most certainly can freeze my sugar cookies once they've baked and cooled.  In fact, I think it's a time-saving thing to do if you're going to be icing dozens of cookies for an event or celebration.  No one wants to be stuck at the last minute baking & icing a mass of cookies in the wee hours of the night.  That is not fun.

Here are some things to consider if you want to freeze baked & undecorated cookies, as well as baked, iced & decorated cookies.


Baked & Undecorated Cookies

  • Once baked and cooled, freeze exposed cookies in single layers on a flat cookie sheet.
  • Frozen solid cookies should then be placed in freezer zip-top bags or vacuum-sealed bags in stacks of no more than 4 cookies; remove as much air as possible from the bags to prevent freezer burn.  These are best left on baking sheets, but they can also be put into plastic freezer containers.
  • Freeze cookies for up to one month.
  • Thaw sealed cookies overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Bring to room temperature before icing and decorating your cookies.

Baked, Iced & Decorated Cookies (iced cookies to be frozen can be flocked with sanding sugars & decorated with white nonpareils or silver dragees; do not freeze cookies with colored sprinkles or colored nonpareils as colors will bleed once they thaw)
  • After your iced & decorated cookies have dried completely, freeze in single layers on flat cookie sheets.  
  • Frozen solid cookies should then be placed in freezer zip-top bags or vacuum-sealed bags in stacks of no more than 4 cookies; place parchment or waxed paper in between each cookie & remove as much air as possible from the bags to prevent freezer burn.  
  • When stacking cookies, form stacks of same-shaped cookies and not a random assortment of shapes--this prevents cracks or breaks.
  • Freeze for up to one month.
  • Thaw sealed cookies overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Bring to room temperature before serving or packaging up the cookies for gift giving.
I hope this answers your question, Patrick, and I do hope that you readers out there who have always wondered about freezing your decorated cookies profit from this little tutorial.  It's nice to know that one can get cookie decorating projects out of the way a few weeks ahead of time, especially around the holidays.  Think of this as we head into summer with many parties and weddings to be had.  


10 comments:

  1. I've never tried freezing a decorated cookie.. but do freeze cutout sugar cookies frequently. Great advice!

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  2. Kenn, you'll be surprised by how well the cookies hold up. As long as you seal them very well, the iced cookies will still be delicious a month later. I know I don't need to say it, but using good ingredients also helps a lot.

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  3. What does flocked with sanding sugar mean? I want to bake and decorate cookies a week in advance for a cookie exchange. Is there a special icing I should be using?

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    1. Annie, flocked with sanding sugar means that you sprinkle the crystal sugar onto the wet icing (it's like when you apply glitter to a glued surface). Once it's dry, you can shake off any stray sugar crystals.

      As to the royal icing I've mentioned, it is a meringue powder-based icing made with confectioners sugar. Go to my search box and type in "perfect royal icing" for the recipe.

      Or copy and paste this link. I give you the recipe with step-by-step instructions.

      http://www.goodthingsbydavid.com/2014/09/perfect-royal-icing.html

      Enjoy decorating your cookies!

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  4. I have decorated icecream sandwiches for Halloween - now the royal icing will not harden. Should the tops have been decorated 1st. I can not leave them at room temp to dry now, as the ice cream filling is already in place. Any tips..or will we have a lot of messy cookies

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    1. Yes, the tops should have been made at least a day in advance. I've never put decorated iced cookies in the freezer that were still wet, so I'm not sure that they will set properly.

      Best of luck

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  5. Tip: decorate the top of the sandwich first. When it has dried and is firm, attach the bottom cookie with icecream....then put in the freezer. Otherwise the Royal icing will NOT set up.

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  6. Is there any way that I can frost and decorate sugar cookies (with colored sugars, etc.) and then freeze them 14 days before Christmas?

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    1. Yes, here are my tips!

      Baked, Iced & Decorated Cookies (iced cookies to be frozen can be flocked with sanding sugars & decorated with white nonpareils or silver dragees; do not freeze cookies with colored sprinkles or colored nonpareils as colors will bleed once they thaw)
      After your iced & decorated cookies have dried completely, freeze in single layers on flat cookie sheets.


      Frozen solid cookies should then be placed in freezer zip-top bags or vacuum-sealed bags in stacks of no more than 4 cookies; place parchment or waxed paper in between each cookie & remove as much air as possible from the bags to prevent freezer burn.


      When stacking cookies, form stacks of same-shaped cookies and not a random assortment of shapes--this prevents cracks or breaks.

      Freeze for up to one month.

      Thaw sealed cookies overnight in the refrigerator.
      Bring to room temperature before serving or packaging up the cookies for gift giving.

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