Can you freeze Gingerbread cookies? You surely can and it is a very quick and easy process.
Some of you may want to bake one big batch of gingerbread cookies and keep them to be enjoyed at a later date, while others might have too much and don’t want to eat everything off at one go. Whatever the reason, gingerbread cookies hold up really well in the freezer and below I am going to show you the exact steps you can take to prepare these cookies for storage.
How to Freeze Gingerbread Cookies?
As I stated above, gingerbread cookies hold up really well in the freezer and you can store them for months and they retain the same texture and taste, you just need to ensure that you are storing them correctly.
If you are going to freeze gingerbread cookies that you just made, the first step is to take them out the oven and let them cool. Placing hot food in the freezer is a no-no, so let them sit and cool down before moving on to step 2.
Once the cookies are fully cooled down, the next step is to wrap them with saran/plastic wrap. You can do individual cookies if you want or smaller batches. The small batches are helpful when you want to munch on a few and you do not have to worry about defrosting the whole serving.
Please note that you need to make sure that the cookies are wrapped properly. This will help to prevent freezer burn or the cookies absorbing the smell of other items that are stored in the freezer (fish anyone?)
If you want to be overkill with the protection, you could add another layer of aluminum foil wrap around the cookies, but it is not absolutely necessary.
Once you have your gingerbread cookies wrapped, you could put them in a heavy duty freezer bag or freezer container. If you are using the freezer bags, try to squeeze out as much air as you can out of the bag before closing it up.
Once you have got everything sealed away, I always suggest that you add a label to the freezer bags or containers. You can ideally store gingerbread cookies in the freezer up to 3 months, so when you have a label, you can have an idea as to how long they’ve been sitting there.
How to Thaw/Defrost Frozen Gingerbread Cookies?
When the time comes to enjoy your frozen gingerbread cookies, you are going to have to let them thaw out. This is pretty easy and all you have to do is let them sit at room temperature till they are full defrosted. When done at room temperature, you don’t have to worry about condensation, which can make the cookies soggy and disgusting.
If you are planning on reheating the cookie, you could put the frozen cookies directly in a 275F oven and let them gently warm up for 10-15 minutes.