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How far advance to make cookies?

post #1 of 16
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I have a bridal shower that I am getting ready for the is next weekend icon_eek.gif and I would like to make some heart shaped cookies for it.
How far in advance can I bake and decorate the cookies and have them still taste good?
Thanks in advance for any and all advice
m0use
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post #2 of 16
ya know m0use. I made cookies for our squadrons childrens christmas party and I made the cookies 2-3 days in advance, put them in an airtight container and decorated them the night before and the day of, they were fine...in fact people loved them...... I am sure you will do absolutely fine!
post #3 of 16
Are you talking this very weekend or Easter weekend? If you make them now they will be just fine for this weekend but I would wait until near the middle of next week to make for Easter weekend. Store them in an air tight container if you want to make them now and decorate closer to the date.


Amy
post #4 of 16
Mine keep in cello or poly bags for 2 weeks. I've even eaten them after a month and they taste fresh. (although I wouldn't sell month-old cookies!)
post #5 of 16
great minds think alike amy (cakemommy)
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Sorry- should have put a date in the first post. The cookies will be for March 26th.
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post #7 of 16
I'm bringing this topic back up again in case anyone else is wondering the same thing.

I use the no-fail sugar cookie recipe with Toba Garrett's glace icing (with milk) and need the cookies for a ceremony on Nov. 28th. What would be the earliest I could bake and decorate them? I will be putting them in cellophane bags with ribbon and then storing them in an air-tight container.

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kos
post #8 of 16
Hi Kos...I recently did some baseball cookies that I wrapped the same way. I baked the cookies 2 days ahead of time and decorated them so they would have 2 days to dry. If you have sevreal dozen to bake I think I would start at least 3 days ahead of time. This is the cookie icing that I used...it dried hard and was easy for putting in the bags.

3 egg whites
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
Beat on high for 7 minutes. You can thin down with a little water for frosting the cookies.
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post #9 of 16
Thanks traci,
I don't know why I figured there was a secret tip that you could bake the cookies a week or more ahead of time without having to freeze.


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kos
post #10 of 16
I would think if you wanted to freeze them...you would be fine to go ahead and bake them. I have frozen cookies before and decorated after they thawed for a while and they were just fine. icon_smile.gif
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post #11 of 16
Mouse I sent you something on this topic. Check your PMs.
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post #12 of 16
I do wonder myself. I tried making the cookies and freezing them UNDECORATED wrapped well in parchment and then ziplock bag for at least a week early then took them out one evening to decorate the next morning. They were fine. I don't think I would ice them to early. I would think it would start to break the cookie down. How many are you having to do?
post #13 of 16
vitade - I only have a couple dozen to make. (I know... sounds like a handful compared to the hundreds decorators do on this site) but I have a lot of things going on during the same time and I'm nervous about the cookies since it's for a ceremony (public showing...my first). icon_cry.gif I'd like to get them out of the way. I seem to recall as a kid, (a long time ago)we made Christmas cookies, including gingerbread--frosted, weeks before Christmas. I wonder if they tasted good? icon_confused.gif

Cake_Princess I'm sure Mouse got your private email. I mentioned in my first post that I was bringing the topic back up...from last March. I've been digging deep in the Forum Searches. icon_lol.gif

Thanks for the tips. I think I'll stay on the usual course and bake them three days ahead of time and decorate the next day.

Thanks guys! thumbs_up.gif

kos
post #14 of 16
LOL.. Grrrrrr then it was you I should have sent that PM to. I scanned something pertaining to this topic but I do not want to post it and infringe on copywrite laws. If you want me to send it to you let me know.




Princess

P.S. i kept wondering about the mention of Easter or next weekend. But I Was only paying half attention LOL....
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post #15 of 16
Kos, make sure and "sample" one and let me, us, know how it goes. Good luck on maybe drumming up some interest!
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