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Storing your cookies

Thursday, December 04, 2003

In the olden days, we used to freeze our holiday cookies in cardboard suit boxes with waxed paper between the layers.

We still use the waxed paper between layers, but we've graduated to more airtight storage, such as plastic containers with tight lids or metal cookie tins lined with plastic wrap.

In a pinch, sturdy unfrosted cookies can be stored in zippered, heavy plastic bags. Just freeze the cookies solid, then put them in the bags.

For cookie exchanges, we place cookies on a pretty decorative paper plate and slip the cookies, plate and all, into a zip-lock bag. The recipient can freeze them (or eat them).

If you're going to eat the cookies within a few days, store soft, chewy cookies in airtight containers and crisp cookies in containers with a loose lid. We don't refrigerate cookies, because today's "frost-free" models dry them out.

Suzanne Martinson

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