Monday, November 4, 2013


You have asked about freezing Christmas Cookies, so I thought I better get on that subject.  Most Christmas Cookies can be frozen, but not all.  Cookies that have a filling: cream, meringues, pudding, cake like etc. should not be frozen.  When they defrost they are kind of mushy.  I have learned not freezing them, by experience.  I even tried wrapping each one individually and freezing them and the filled ones came out real soft. Here are a few tips when freezing cookies.

Make sure you use plastic containers (Rubbermaid or Tupperware, etc.) or freezer bags that are air tight.

Use wax paper, aluminum foil, saran wrap, or parchment paper between layers to keep them fresh.

Put similar types of cookies together - chocolate cookies, butter cookies, sugar cookies, etc.

Keep hard cookies and soft cookies in separate containers.

Cool cookies completely before you start packing them for the freezer.

Most places I see say to decorate cookies after your defrost them.  It is easier that way, but you can frost cookies and freeze them. Put them in the refrigerator for a few minutes until the frosting is hardened and pack them for freezing.  When you take them out of the freezer, remove the covering (wax paper, aluminum foil, saran wrap or parchment) before they defrost.

After you have the cookies out of the freezer, should you notice they are starting to harden - add either a slice of bread or a piece of apple to the cookie container.  Change it daily.

I have heard of some people using Christmas Cookie tins to freeze cookies in, I have never done that.  I have packed cookie tins with cookies to give to people as presents, but never frozen cookies in them.  Really, I would rather use those tins to store my fudge in after I make it.  I do not freeze the fudge, I put it in the refrigerator,

Make sure when you put the cookies in the freezer, you label them what kind they are and the date you put them in. I learned the hard way, when we first got married.  Nothing is worse than standing there looking at a bunch of cookie containers and trying to figure out what cookies are in what container.

Most articles say (I have read a lot of cookie articles, cook books, etc.) you can freeze them for 2 to 4 months.  My freezer now is an upright, but when I had the old long one and I couldn't reach in the bottom, David found a box of cookies down there I made a year ago, when we defrosted the freezer.  We let them defrost and tasted them to see if they were any good and they were just fine. I am not telling you to keep the cookies frozen a year, just telling you what happened to us, once. I usually keep my cookies in the freezer no longer than a month or two at the longest.

Some of the best cookies to freeze are: chocolate chip, oat oatmeal, peanut butter. and sugar cookies.  If you never froze cookies before, these would be the best to start with, but most other cookies can be frozen, too.  I also freeze pies, too.

I am putting on a couple of recipes for you to start with.  Maybe you can bake some extra cookies, as gifts,  for those who are unable to bake.  Hope you have fun baking.

Be With God,


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Granulated sugar

Mix powdered sugar, margarine, egg, vanilla and almond extract.  Mix in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Divide dough into halves.  Roll each half 3/16 inch thick on lightly floured covered board.  Cut into shapes.

Sprinkle with granulated sugar; place on lightly greased sheet.  Bake until edges are light brown, 7 to 8 minutes.   Makes about 5 dozen.


2/3 c. shortening
3/4 c. molasses
3 c. sifted all-purpose flour
1 t. ginger
1 t. salt
1 1/4 t. soda

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Cream shortening, add molasses and beat until creamy.  Sift dry ingredients together and add to first mixture.  Chill if very soft.  Roll out 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured pastry sheet.  Cut with fancy cutters.  Place on cookie sheet.  Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes.  You can use this dough for Gingerbread Men, if you have the cutter.


Vickie said...

Good Morning ladies! This is exactly what my MIL does. She has been baking extra dozens of cookies before Christmas for many decades now.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Vickie,
My Mom use to do that, too.


Countryside Reflections said...

Thanks for the information and recipes. Do you freeze your pies before they're baked or after? Are they're certain pies that shouldn't be frozen at all?


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Doreen,
You couldn't have timed those questions better. Jean is on the phone with me now. She usually freezes pies after she bakes, but some like apple pies you can freeze, defrost and bake. Because she bakes to sell, and comes under state law, the ones she sells have to be baked first and them frozen.

Yes, there are certain pies you shouldn't freeze too. Most cream pies shouldn't be frozen. Like pies made with a pudding. They can come out watery and soggy when they are defrosted. Meringue pies also shouldn't be frozen, either because most meringues don't hold well. I know when you go to a store you can buy pies with creams and meringues, in the freezer section, that have been frozen, but they have something in them to
preserve them.


annie said...

sondering if she has the recipes to freeze for the fudge, or Christmas type breads? Also wondering if she makes any treat biscuits for dogs. thank you both for sharing.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hello Annie,
I will see that Jean gets your requesta.


SueAnn said...

I would'nt freeze fudge, the sugar in it will crystalize...fudge can keep a very long time in the fridge.
I have a Christmas bread we freeze, as we make it early, called Hutzlebrot, and I have a recipe for dog biscuits, if you want it.
My friend at the grocery, says their bakery makes the meringues, separtely, cook them, freezes the pies, then freezes the meringues, and adds them to the pies.

New York State Of Mind said...

Jean will talk about the fudge, Christmas Bread and dog cookies a week from tomorrow with her recipe or recipes that week.