How Early Can I Ice Cookies...

Baking By Dana0323 Updated 11 Dec 2010 , 3:18pm by jonahsmom

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Dana0323 Posted 24 Jul 2007 , 11:34am
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and still have them be "fresh"? My daughter's party is saturday, and I want to do as much ahead as I can. I'm not using RI, but an icing with just milk, flavoring, and powdered sugar. It still dries hard.

Any ideas?
Thanks,
Dana

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Starkie Posted 24 Jul 2007 , 11:47am
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Wow, I am in the same boat and would like to know this as well! I need to make 100 cookies for a wedding on Saturday and I don't know when to start! Anyone out there know?

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GeminiRJ Posted 24 Jul 2007 , 11:57am
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You could easily start now. I often bake a week in advance, then freeze the cookies until I'm ready to decorate. Sugar cookies are pretty stable, sturdy cookies. They have a very good shelf life.

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snowshoe1 Posted 24 Jul 2007 , 1:16pm
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I usually bake and decorate a week in advance since I have a 'regular' job on weekdays. I don't freeze, just wrap up well in saran wrap and never had any drying out issues.

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Starkie Posted 24 Jul 2007 , 2:48pm
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What about the icing? I usually put fondant on my cookies as soon as they come out of the oven. Will that stay fresh as well? And Dana is using a milk-based icing ~ will that stay fresh a week in advance?

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KarensCookies Posted 24 Jul 2007 , 3:02pm
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I personally wouldn't hesitate to start right now on those cookies. They will be fine by Saturday. Sugar cookies really have a pretty good shelf life.

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JenWith Posted 24 Jul 2007 , 4:32pm
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Agreed. Since you need the cookies for Saturday, no need to freeze them. Wrap them well and they will be nice and fresh.

I'm still eating sugar cookies with RI that I need over a month ago and they are as good as they were when I first made them. I wrapped them individually in saran wrap and in a ziploc bag stored in the fridge. I eat them at room temp (I find that's the best since I stored them in the fridge). Very yummy and still moist.

Good luck!

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Dana0323 Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 12:32pm
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Thanks guys! I baked the cookies and froze them on Sunday, so today I will thaw and decorate. I personally think they'd still be fine even left on the counter till Saturday, but I'll probably stick them in the fridge.

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JenWith Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 1:52pm
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As long as they are air-tight, I would leave them on the counter too. I put mine in the fridge due to a cat that will eat ANYTHING left on the counter. He thinks he's human. LOL.

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MahalKita Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 7:15pm
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I made my SIL a hibiscus cookie in June just for fun (she is a Hawaiian travel agent) & she finally ate it last week. She said that it tasted fine. I undercook my cookies a little so that they aren't really brown on the bottom & it makes them chewy so they would take a while to get stale I would think but she said it tasted great. I use NFSC & royal icing & wrap mine asap. icon_smile.gif

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MahalKita Posted 25 Jul 2007 , 7:16pm
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I made my SIL a hibiscus cookie in June just for fun (she is a Hawaiian travel agent) & she finally ate it last week. She said that it tasted fine. I undercook my cookies a little so that they aren't really brown on the bottom & it makes them chewy so they would take a while to get stale I would think but she said it tasted great. I use NFSC & royal icing & wrap mine asap. icon_smile.gif

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mbarbi Posted 28 Jul 2007 , 3:47pm
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i made nfsc cookies tonite..and i plan to ice them tomorrow...should i freeze them or can i just leave them on my counter?? thanks!

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GeminiRJ Posted 30 Jul 2007 , 11:46am
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I wouldn't bother freezing them...they should be fine. Now, if you were talking days and days before icing, I'd say freeze them.

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jonahsmom Posted 11 Dec 2010 , 3:18pm
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Okay - I'm confused. I've searched on here til I'm blue in the face and just want to make sure I'm understanding correctly!!!

I need 150 decorated sugar cookies for next Saturday. If I bake and decorate this weekend, I don't need to freeze them? I'm decorating with marshmallow rolled buttercream with royal icing accents. I just want to make sure I do the right thing....cookies are not my forte!!! All of that has a long shelf-life just by itself, so I guess that makes sense.

I was going to bag and freeze them and just pull them out the night before - is that okay to do, too?

This is why I don't do too many cookies for other people! Just for us....or small amounts for others! I don't know what to do when I need to make so many!

Thanks,
Alyssa

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