confectionsofahousewife Posted 29 Nov 2009 , 11:26pm
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OK, I feel really dumb for having to ask this question but, how are you supposed to store sugar cookies before you decorate them and while the icing is drying? Seems to me that you can't stack them or cover them while the icing is still wet (obviously) so what do you do with them? How do they not get stale? Thanks for asking this pressing question! icon_redface.gif

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andlydle Posted 29 Nov 2009 , 11:49pm
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i don't know if this is the best answer because i've only just started making sugar cookies, but i stored them in an airtight container until i was ready to ice. I iced them on a huge cookie sheet and just let them sit there until they were dry and returned them to the airtight container. they were soft and delicious when we ate them a few days later.

bbmom Posted 29 Nov 2009 , 11:51pm
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I leave mine on a cookie sheet and put them back in the cold oven to keep them clean while they are drying and during decorating. I have 4 racks in my oven so I can have quite a few cookies in there at various stages. They wont get stale in the short amount of time it takes you to finish and wrap them.

indydebi Posted 29 Nov 2009 , 11:57pm
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I leave mine on the baking sheet and then stack them in the (commercial) baking rack. I cover the baking sheet in saran and the edges of the pan are high enough that the saran doesn't touch the cookies.

I have also left them out overnight uncovered.

Cookies don't go stale that fast. They are not as fragile as people think they are.

sicookie Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 1:21am
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I use pizza boxes. They hold a lot of cookies and you can just stack them. Use wax paper or parchment to line the box so they can be reused.

indydebi Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 1:23am
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pizza boxes are a cool idea! filing that one away!! thumbs_up.gif

confectionsofahousewife Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 3:25am
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Thanks for the ideas everyone. I have put them in a giant rubbermaid container separated by wax paper since that is what I have on hand.

emiyeric Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 3:33am
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On a completely unrelated topic : "Confectionsofahousewife", that's got to be one of the cutest screen names I've seen!

bobwonderbuns Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 3:36am
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On a completely unrelated topic : "Confectionsofahousewife", that's got to be one of the cutest screen names I've seen!




Agreed!! And here I thought all the cool names had been taken! icon_lol.gif

luv2bake6 Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 3:44am

I bought a pizza rack with the ablity to hold 15 cookie sheets. I let my cookies dry on the baking sheets in the rack and i cover it with a plastic tablecloth to keep clean while drying. The cookies never taste stale.

confectionsofahousewife Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 5:35pm
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Originally Posted by emiyeric

On a completely unrelated topic : "Confectionsofahousewife", that's got to be one of the cutest screen names I've seen!




Thanks! It was my one and only witty moment! I'm like Costanza; out on a high note.
Love the pizza box idea and the pizza rack for cookie sheets. Now, if only I had more space...

DianeLM Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 7:51pm

I decorate my cookies on 16" cardboards on a low turntable. Then, I arrange those little white plastic things that hold up the lids of pizza boxes on the board and stack the next board on top.

I have a huge Rubbermaid cabinet devoted solely to temporary storage of cakes and cookies while I'm working on them. Boy is it hard to keep that thing empty. icon_smile.gif

Edited to add: Oh yeah, I let them dry overnight uncovered, but inside the cabinet. As indydebi said, they don't go stale that fast.

luv2bake6 Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 10:45pm

That cabinet is a great idea...........although my kids would keep going into it to see what goodies i have icon_smile.gif

confectionsofahousewife Posted 1 Dec 2009 , 8:32pm
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That cabinet is a great idea...........although my kids would keep going into it to see what goodies i have icon_smile.gif




Same here! I'd have to keep a lock on it or something. Not to mention that I have nowhere to put it.

DianeLM Posted 1 Dec 2009 , 8:48pm
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That cabinet is a great idea...........although my kids would keep going into it to see what goodies i have icon_smile.gif



Same here! I'd have to keep a lock on it or something. Not to mention that I have nowhere to put it.




Neither do I. We used to have a lovely game room with custom designed pool table. You'd be amazed how much cake stuff you can cram under, around and on top of a pool table. Not to mention the shelf units, drawer units and, of course, the giant cabinet around the perimeter of the room. *sigh*
LL

luv2bake6 Posted 1 Dec 2009 , 10:32pm

That is awesome, Diane. I wish i had that much room........wow! My ultimate dream is to have a separate locked room in the house to keep all my 'toys' in. A room where i can just stop what i'm doing when it's time to pick up a kid from school or cook dinner, etc and not have to clean and clear everything so no one touches!

DianeLM Posted 1 Dec 2009 , 11:15pm
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That is awesome, Diane. I wish i had that much room........wow! My ultimate dream is to have a separate locked room in the house to keep all my 'toys' in. A room where i can just stop what i'm doing when it's time to pick up a kid from school or cook dinner, etc and not have to clean and clear everything so no one touches!



You and me both.

We order in and eat out so much I don't know why I bother grocery shopping!

My dream is to have a separate cake 'house' built on my property. Somewhere I can work on cakes and have hubby in there to keep me company. So, basically, a kitchen with a couch and a TV. icon_smile.gif

First, I gotta get me some property. LOL

luv2bake6 Posted 2 Dec 2009 , 2:25am

I hear ya!

confectionsofahousewife Posted 2 Dec 2009 , 1:41pm
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Neither do I. We used to have a lovely game room with custom designed pool table. You'd be amazed how much cake stuff you can cram under, around and on top of a pool table. Not to mention the shelf units, drawer units and, of course, the giant cabinet around the perimeter of the room. *sigh*




Ha! At least you have that. I have two kitchen cabinets allocated to cake supplies and whatever doesn't fit there gets store in a closet down the hall that is also home to photos, computer paper, kid gear, etc. Although it looks like you do cakes on a larger scale than I do! I'd like to expand (I just do stuff for family and friends right now) but we'd have to move so I can have a second kitchen.

PattyT Posted 2 Dec 2009 , 2:05pm
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Originally Posted by sicookie

I use pizza boxes. They hold a lot of cookies and you can just stack them. Use wax paper or parchment to line the box so they can be reused.




Me too! Love pizza boxes! For cookies, I set the lids part way open to allow a bit of air to help the icing dry. Also use the boxes to hold/store chocolate transfer pieces, fondant pieces etc. I also use them to carry small brownies, bars, tartlets (mini cupcakes are too tall) when I'm taking them somewhere. Very practical.

I get nice sturdy corrugated pizza boxes - plain white too - in different sizes at an eBay store. http://stores.ebay.com/THE-BOX-STORES-ON-LINE?_rdc=1

luv2bake6 Posted 2 Dec 2009 , 10:28pm

I have one cabinet for my decorating supplies and anything that doesn't fit goes into the basement where i have some shelving. It's a real pain to go up and down whenever i am starting a project or need stuff.

TracyLH Posted 3 Dec 2009 , 12:13am

My husband built me a cookie drying rack. It holds several large sheets and as IndyDebi attested to, they are fine left out overnight to dry. Before I had my drying rack, I stacked my sheets with a 4 oz. jelly jar in each of the four corners. I went about 6 high as I recall.

confectionsofahousewife Posted 3 Dec 2009 , 2:51am
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Originally Posted by DianeLM


You and me both.

We order in and eat out so much I don't know why I bother grocery shopping!

My dream is to have a separate cake 'house' built on my property. Somewhere I can work on cakes and have hubby in there to keep me company. So, basically, a kitchen with a couch and a TV. icon_smile.gif

First, I gotta get me some property. LOL




Me too! We had to eat out this week because my island was covered in cookies with drying icing and my stovetop was covered with my icing containers and piping bags. We just saw a house for sale that had a guest house on the property. I thought that would be perfect. My baking kitchen could be in the guest house! But they wanted $600,000. Too expensive.

luv2bake6 Posted 3 Dec 2009 , 4:47am

Oh, i can picture that confections! LOL.
That's why it's hard when i have to clean it all up and put stuff away even when i'm not finished, just so i can cook dinner, help with homework, and keep curious hands out of my cookies. After they're asleep, it all comes back out but needs to be cleaned off for breakfast the next day. bummer.

CakeMommyTX Posted 3 Dec 2009 , 5:08am
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Originally Posted by sicookie

I use pizza boxes. They hold a lot of cookies and you can just stack them. Use wax paper or parchment to line the box so they can be reused.




That's such a good idea, that would work for drying fondant pieces also! I'm gonna get some tommorow!
Thanx~!

mtaccts Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 4:06pm

Love the pizza box idea.

My poor husband...he is always complaining about living with 'works in progress'...is is bad to have banquet tables lined up in the living/dining room covered with cakes/cookies LOL

sugalips Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 4:41pm

With the holiday baking marathon at my house, space is at a premium! The pizza boxes will work great. Thank you for that tidbit. I am fortunate to be able to stack stuff on the freezer and the "man frig" in an enclosed porch. This time of year in the mountains it stays nice and cool without having to be IN the frig. thumbs_up.gif

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