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post #1 of 34
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........your decorated cookies could be considered "fresh". I am talking about after you decorate them, let them try 24-48 hours, and individually pkg them in cello. I have been making mine so that they are packaged within a day of when they will be eaten.......but that is becoming super hard to do with life going on and holidays a'comin......
How many days would you still think they taste great?
post #2 of 34
I use the NFSC recipe and honestly, I think they start going stale 4-5 days after packaging. Even sooner if they're not individually wrapped.
post #3 of 34
Is there a stablizer out there or something bakeries can add to the cookies to keep them longer? I saw some stuff on on of my vendor sites. I have never used anything so I have no idea.
post #4 of 34
Sugar cookies? Less than a week. Longer than that the kids still eat them, and people who have no idea what a fresh one tastes like. icon_biggrin.gif
I like to freeze them if I'm going to keep them longer than a few days (after I get the on sale Thanksgiving turkeys out of the freezer so I have room.)
If you want to get your baking done earlier, there are recipes (no sugar cookies that I know about) that get better with age so you make those first. Do you do decorate gingerbread for the holidays? They last longer.
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post #5 of 34
amber, i'm going to bump this thread because, i too would like to know if there is a stabilizer out there to help cookies stay fresher longer.

I went to a party yesterday where they had decorated cookies from a well know cookie decorator in our area. Inadvertently, i found out that the host picked up the cookies last Friday. That means that the decorator would've had to begin preparing the cookies by at least Wednesday in order to have them by friday (could've been before then too). That's about 6 days before the party.

I've gotta tell you, the cookies were so good and so fresh tasting! Now i like my cookies and they do stay fresh for a few days, but not like these. Also, her icing was melt in your mouth delicious. It was hard enough to stack but soft enough so if you'd press your thumb into it lightly, it cracked. I wonder what icing she used......they were just very delicious.
post #6 of 34
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So the concensus is...........3 days? That the cookies would still taste fresh for ~3 days after wrapping? How do people deal with shipping orders, if that is the window? I am not shipping orders.....I just do cookies for friends and family on occasion. But just wondering?
post #7 of 34
Wrapped, I would give them 5 days. If they can be stored in the refrigerator, a couple more days beyond that. I've had people save my cookies for over a month (the too cute to eat thing), then break down and eat them. No complaints....but I have to believe they weren't all that tasty!
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post #8 of 34
Luv, do you know someone that knows the cookie decorator well enough to ask what icing or method she uses?
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post #9 of 34
I add pudding mix to my NFSC and honestly I had some in a gallon ziploc on the counter for 2 weeks and my kids asked for some and I said...eww.....those are old and nasty! They begged and I checked them for any signs of mold and saw none and gave in. They were going nuts about how wonderful they tasted so I had to see for myself. I bit into one and it was moist and yummy like the day I baked them...I'm thinking the pudding mix keeps them from drying out because I had a NFSC w/ out the pudding mix that was only 2 days old and thought it tasted stale and was too crunchy which made it seem old to me too.
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post #10 of 34
The pudding mix might have some sort of preservative in it that helps the cookies stay fresh.
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post #11 of 34
KHalstead, did you delete anything from your recipe, or just add pudding, and how much? I might give it a try. Other people will eat my cookies after a week and longer, no problem at all, they like it, but I don't like them more than a couple or three days.
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post #12 of 34
I add pudding to my NFSC as well as my chocochip cookies, don't know why but it keeps them softer for longer.
I just add 1 4oz pkg per 1/2 recipe ,I rarely make the full recipe but in that case I guess 2 boxes?
post #13 of 34
The way I do the NFSC is like this:

2 sticks butter
1 cup crisco (halved the butter and sub. w/ crisco so they don't spread as much)
3 cups of sugar (I like them a little sweeter)

Cream those together, and add:
3 eggs (1 extra egg than the recipe calls for)
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond (sometimes I leave this out)
pinch of salt

then I add in;
1 pk. pudding mix (vanilla)
then slowly add flour until it's not too sticky ( I touch it with my finger and if it doesn't stick to my finger it's perfect)

The dough is softer than when I don't add the pudding, but it's not sticky. I made them yesterday and got the full 6 cups of four to go in, other times I only need 5 cups, just depends HTH
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post #14 of 34
I delete the leavening too, we like it better without.

Oh almost forgot - instant or the 'needing to be cooked' pudding mix? Or does it even matter?
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post #15 of 34
shiney, no, i don't know anyone close enough to ask her although i don't think she'd even give a hint as what she does because her biz is quite lucrative.
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