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post #1 of 34
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I've read other posts that I can freeze decorated cookies, but is it okay to bake the cookies, freeze them, thaw them out, decorate them, freeze them again, thaw them out and then package them? Will all these temperature changes affect the cookies? I'm planning on doing cookies as favors for my daughter's first birthday party and I don't have too much time. Trying to make cookies with a three year old and a soon to be one year old is no easy task... Any suggestions would be much appreciated. TIA!!
post #2 of 34
Why freeze after bake and then thaw?
I freeze my cut out cookie before baking... and I bake them like that.. and then I decorate them..

I have a 3 and a half daughter and a terrible-two little boy of 22 months.. They've learned that when mom is baking cookie, no one is allowed in the kitchen icon_lol.gif
But I work A LOT when they are sleeping.. so that's mean not a lot of sleep at night! haha
post #3 of 34
I don't freeze mine, but I really would not freeze them twice. I agree with Verano. I was in a bind with some cookies and timing and toyed with the the idea of freezing, but was very concerned. I spoke to a friend of mine who has been a pro for many years (owned two bakeries and did cookies for Nordies, etc) and she said that the only way that she would consider freezing is to do exactly what Verano said and to freeze the unbaked cut-out cookie. I had a schedule change, so I ended up being fine, but if I ever did try it, this is the way I would go.
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post #4 of 34
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Well, I live with my ILs and my MIL makes comments whenever I use the oven. I used the oven to bake one batch of cookies and she complained that the electricity bill went up $50 because of that. So, to make a long story short, I do all my baking at my parents. But I only visit them about once a week and they live 30 miles away. I know it doesn't seem that far, but living in Hawaii, that's FAR! So I wanted to do my cookies in stages. One visit bake. The next decorate. I wanted to do the cookies in advance since I was planning on making my daughter's cake as well. Lots to do!! I'm thinking about doing maybe 200-300 cookies. Any suggestions?
post #5 of 34
How are they to be decorated? Can you make the decorations in advance then bake and decorate them without having to freeze?
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post #6 of 34
sweet56pooh - You need a very big hug {{{{{{{{{{{HUG}}}}}}}}}}.

Living with IL's is never easy, I know from personal experience. I remember living with my first set of IL's....I couldn't do anything right and everything I did she commented about it. They are both deceased now and I can remember then fondly now, but it was tough then and I never forgot that experience.

I was taught to never re-freeze anything once it is thawed. Can you at least make them at your IL's and freeze them, and then go to your parents to bake and decorate?

I'm not much help, but wanted you to know that I feel your pain icon_smile.gif
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post #7 of 34
sweet56pooh, i too feel your frustration; we lived with my IL's for a year and a half a long time ago in order to save money for a house. What a nightmare!!
Anyway, if i need to prep in advance, i'll bake and ice the cookies the same day. Let dry overnight and then wrap and freeze till i need them. Defrost and decorate 2 days before, allow to dry overnight and then wrap.
This way you are only freezing and defrosting once.
I just did this with glace and it worked wonderfully.
post #8 of 34
Sweet56pooh, I'm sorry for you and for the others who have similar IL stories. I am the MIL in the family, I have my soon to be SIL and DIL living with us. (Yep - 4 adult kids - 1 house!) Our electric bill is 500.00 a month! Grocery bill? - who knows I go every day! But, we don't complain - I was in your shoes almost 30 years ago and I told my DH to remember those days!!! They are trying to finish school and save money for a house, Sooooo I get them all and I have to say we really all get along!

As far as your question, I am sorry - but I have to agree - freezing twice usually isn't good.
post #9 of 34
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Thanks everyone! Yup, it's not easy with the ILs, but I just have to bite my tongue and try not to explode. So I'm thinking I will make my dough, cut them out and freeze it. Then a week before the party bake and decorate. How long can I freeze dough? I hope I can do this. My FIL is a pessimist, so he's telling me I can't do it. He's trying to calculate how long it's going to take and that it's impossible. How long do you think it will take a novice to decorate 200 cookies? It's going to be the hugs and stitches theme. So butterfly, flower, ladybug, and bee. Not too much details. Thanks again everyone for everything!
post #10 of 34
I'm sure you can do it! 200 cookies will require a lot of space while they're drying. Are you really having that many guests? If not, maybe you can find bigger cookie cutters and make bigger cookies, but not as many. Big cookies and small cookies seem to take the same amount of time to me.

I use fondant on my cookies, which is faster. I can bake, decorate, and package 50 cookies in about three hours...longer if I have to stop in the middle to do other things, and a lot longer if they have a lot of detail.
post #11 of 34
I have actually done it. I thought that they didn't taste as good a they normally do, but everyone else thought that they were just freshly baked.
post #12 of 34
I'm sorry as well that you are in such a difficult domestic situation. Why don't you try to make your live a lot easier and just ditch the thought of baking 200 (!!!) cookies as favours (!!!) for the 1st birthday of your daughter? Who will ever honour all the time and trouble you had to go through for this?
The suggestion of larger cookies is a good one - maybe make one large cookie per family that attends? Will save you a lot of trouble! Have a great party!
post #13 of 34
I freeze my fully decorated cookies all the time the ones with royal icing on them. Honestly for my family they stay good for 5 months I was shocked myself. The ones I do with regular icing I bake and freeze then frost when they come out. Maybe do something not so intricut for the kiddies????? Good luck with the ILS.
post #14 of 34
I would bake and decorate and then freeze. They will be fine, I would not freeze twice and I think making bigger cookies is easier than little ones.
post #15 of 34
I bake and freeze all the time then take out and frost. I don't re-freeze after frosting. Can you frost and bag at your in-laws (that doesn't require electricity icon_smile.gif )?
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