freezing decorated cookies

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.


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