Friday, December 12, 2008

Frozen assets

My frozen assets! I love that sugar cookies can be frozen!

I have a lot of cookies that I want to give and mail next week, but I knew I wouldn't have time to do it all at once. So, last night while watching The Year Without a Santa Claus and Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys (not recommended, BTW...stick with the original), I baked cookies...over 70 of them.
The cookies were bagged in gallon-size freezer baggies, between layers of wax paper (did you know Thomas Edison invented that...what a great guy!). Then, these were placed in freezer-safe plastic containers and will be ready when I am ready to ice them.
To thaw, just take them out of the freezer about 2 hours or more before decorating. (Do not refrigerate.)
Cookies already decorated with royal icing can also be frozen! This is great if you're planning a big party, just make your cookies in advance and pop in the freezer. Again, take them out a few hours before you need them, and you are all set. If you've bagged them, leave the cookies in the bags to thaw.

17 comments:

  1. Hi, Bridget! Thanks for the tips! It's good to know. I'd been told royal icing shouldn't be refigerated so I didn't think you could freeze it on cookies.

    Do you want me to email you my address now or later? LOL! :-)
    ~ingrid

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  2. That's a lot of cookies. And your freezer looks really organized. :)

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  3. Hi Bridget -- I am about to go on the same kind of baking spree this weekend! I have frozen undecorated cookies before but never those already done in royal icing. Have you ever had problems with colors running while they thaw? And the icing doesn't get mushy?
    Jean

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  4. Hey Jean! No, I have never had a problem freezing already decorated cookies. I've tested a lot and even went through a stage of freezing one of every style I made...then we had no room for REAL food and I had to throw them out. :)

    Anyway...as long as you thaw them at room temp, in the bag you wrapped them in, they'll be fine. I've frozen cookies that I've used icing pens on and they were fine. I also tested photo cookies and those worked as well.

    Have fun baking! :)

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  5. I keep voting for you ;) What a smart cookie! I never thought about freezing them! I can't wait to see the finished ones :)

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  6. Thanks for the tip Bridget. I've never frozen sugar cookies before, and always cooked them close to the time I plan to give them out. Now I can save time, and freeze them, and I wouldn't feel so rushed.
    Thank you.

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  7. Bridget, I was doing the same thing last night. I baked 90 cookies. I am doing 25 dozen cookies for a friend of mine. Am I crazy or what?! Like Donna Summer sang, "She works hard for the money."

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  8. TWENTY-FIVE dozen?!?!? WHERE are you putting them all?!? Montee, I think you might be crazy! ;) I'm kidding....you go, girl! That is awesome! I can't wait to see them!

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  9. Funny that I just read this post--I was just searching online for large freezer containers. What kind are yours? Help!

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  10. Jen...they are Rubbermaid 1 gallon containers. I've had them a few years, but I'm pretty sure I got them at WalMart. (They were in the home goods section rather than with the baggies, etc.)

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  11. Bridget -

    I posted on my blog.. my first try using your techniques.

    http://workinggreenmom.blogspot.com/2008/12/sugar-cookies-and-wonderful-blog.html

    Thanks again for this blog. So helpful!

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  12. i didn't know thomas edison invented wax paper!

    thanks for the tips. i didn't know you could freeze them after icing them

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  13. Oh my goodness!!! I LOVE all the things you can do with sugar cookies! They are my favorite kind of cookie & I can't wait to start decorating! Thanks for all of the great expert advice posted on your blog!!!

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  14. I am planning on making some cookies for a wedding I will be attending cross country and do not have time to make them from scratch once there. I love the idea of making the cookies before I travel and decorating once there, but that means 8-10 hours of thaw time in the same containers. Will that be an issue?

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  15. Thank you for the freezing tips, I am baking and decorating about 5 dozen cookies for my grandson's baptism next week. I will be freezing the cookies after I decorate them and feel confident, the cookies will not be ruined. Your a life saver!

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