Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Freezing Glaze Decorated Cookies?

I REALLY wanted it to work.
The idea of decorating cookies ahead and then freezing them is such a great idea.
But I'm sad to report that when you're using glaze, it is not good idea. :(

Back in November, I made a bunch of Thanksgiving cookies way ahead of time. I wanted to take cookies to work on Thanksgiving Day (cookies always make the dread of working a holiday not be so bad) to cheer everyone up......but I knew I wouldn't have time to make cookies that week. Plus, I wanted to see what decorated cookies did when frozen.

So I stuck them in the freezer.
They were there for at least a week and a half.
They were wrapped and sealed in cello bags, and then put in a airtight container.
When I took them out of the freezer, I thawed them completely before removing them from the container. 

Remember these?



They became these:



If you look close (sorry the photos are not so great).....you can see lots of ugly splotchy white places. It actually was OK for these fruit cookies, because it gave them a more natural character element.......but I would never want to sell cookies that looked like this!
Thankfully, I was giving them away. ;)

So now I know.......don't freeze decorated cookies unless I want to add some ugliness character to them.

20 comments:

Amanda said...

Agreed!  Great info as always! (and sorry about your cookies... they sure are stunning!)

Anita said...

Pam, I'm sorry to see that happened to your cookies because while I've never sold any cookies that I've frozen, I've never had the problem you did. I froze a number of them for more than a month in airtight bags and after thawing them in their bags, the icing looked just as it had when I'd put it on. I'm not sure if the difference might be that the freezer I use is only used for holding frozen containers of glaze and so I don't open it nearly as often. I ran a couple experiments and the only time I had any noticeable changes to the icing was when I thawed them unwrapped and then the moisture from the condensation caused them to sweat which created blotches. Anyway, LOVE the fruit!

Misty @Creative Itch said...

Good to know!  I use glaze icing on my cookies too, and have been wondering if they would freeze well.  Thanks for this post!

Kenni said...

I agree that on the fruit, they splotchy bits don't look bad. I was staring at the second pictures trying to figure out what was wrong, they looked different, but not bad.

Cristin Sohm said...

Yep, unfortunately my glazed cookies look exactly like this when frozen. Brown is the worst culprit, but all of them do it to some extent. It's hugely frustrating! I would love to have cookies "on hand" for friend's birthdays and just to let them know I was thinking of them and it can't be done. I've tried :(

Cookiecrazielady said...

Awww....thanks Amanda. :)

Cookiecrazielady said...

The photo is just lousy. The white blotches were actually worse on those bananas. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

Cookiecrazielady said...

Thanks for the confirmation, Cristin. It certainly frustrating. I want those "on hand" cookies too. The only way I can do that ahead, is to give them older cookies.....which I'm not fond of, but I will do when I need to....t..

Pirogiland said...

Indeed, cookies decorated with icing can not be frozen, to thaw the condensation causes water to seep in and out Glasa spots, plus lose their luster. Greetings and happy 2012

Dharma said...

Indeed, cookies decorated with icing can not be frozen, to thaw the condensation causes water to seep in and out Glasa spots, plus lose their luster. Greetings and happy 2012

Dharma said...

Indeed, cookies decorated with icing can not be frozen, to thaw the condensation causes water to seep in and out Glasa spots, plus lose their luster. Greetings and happy 2012

Dharma said...

Indeed, cookies decorated with icing can not be frozen, to thaw the condensation causes water to seep in and out Glasa spots, plus lose their luster. Greetings and happy 2012

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

Such BEAUTIFUL cookies!! What a shame they can't be frozen..but I love your post :)

Anne Nelson said...

Your snowmen are adorable - as usual!  On freezing cookies, I too had bad luck freezing cookies decorated with glaze.  I also tried freezing cookies decorated with royal icing and the result was splotchy looking cookies.  I have been successful using rolled fondant as an decorating medium, when they thawed out they were not sticky and tasted good.

Anne Nelson said...

But I don't use fondant very often - it's kind of pricey (and I won't make my own) and a bit messy to add color to.  If someone out there has an easy way to do it, I'm open to suggestions!

Charla Counts Tatom said...

That is so weird.  I decorate with glace and I freeze them all the time, especially Christmas cookies!  I've never had any splotches.  But I use two consistencies of the same glace icing for the outline and the fill.  I will put them in a container with parchment paper in between and then seal it good with press & seal before putting on the lid.  But I've also individually wrapped them in the cello bags tied with ribbon and froze them that way as well. And yes, I also make sure that they completely thaw before removing the lid. 

Love2quilt2 said...

So sorry about the cookies.  I don't freeze decorated cookies very often, but I froze my Daughter's  extra wedding cake (turquiose and white with sugar pearls) cookies for a couple of months and they looked the same after I took them out as when I put them in~ and tasted great....they were already individually bagged. Ofcourse I let them completely thaw in the bag inside the sealed container before opening.   And every once in a while I have frozen one or two extras and they were fine.  But it's obvious from the posts that this is not a reliable method with glazed cookies.  Guess I've just been fortunate.

Charla Counts Tatom said...

My mother-in-law recently made cookies using my glace icing recipe and she had the splotches when she froze them.  We figured out that she put them in the freezer after they had only dried for a few hours.  They looked dry, but perhaps were not dry enough.  I will freeze mine only after they have dried overnight and have never had any problems with discoloring or splotches.  I just hate that you didn't have luck freezing your beautiful cookies.  But if yours were good and dry when you froze them, then I have no clue why they did that???

Linda Graham said...

Has anyone tried freezing cookies decorated with Royal Glaze - The hybrid recipe? (by DippinPops/aka Michelle)

cookiecrazielady said...

Hi Linda. I don't use royal icing....so I can't answer your question.....but ask around at one of the cookie forums to see the response. I've heard of people who freeze RI cookies with success. I just can't confirm it for you....

 
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