How to Store Shortbread Cookies

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How to Store Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread comes in many variations, all of which store easily. (biscuits image by Sean Gladwell from

Shortbread is a traditional holiday treat. In its simplest form, it's comprised of a delicate mix of butter, sugar and flour. Variations can include a cherry garnish, orange or maple flavouring or a sweet chocolate coating. Storing shortbread is a relatively simple task and can be done at room temperature for about a week in an airtight container. You can also freeze shortbread cookies for three to four weeks if you won't be eating them right away.

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Things you need

  • Airtight container
  • Waxed paper
  • Foil
  • Labels
  • Marker

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  1. 1

    Cool cookies completely after baking. If the cookies are placed in an airtight container while they are still warm, they will become soggy.

  2. 2

    Line an airtight container with waxed paper.

  3. 3

    Place the cooled cookies in a single layer along the waxed paper in the container. If you must use several layers to accommodate all of your cookies, place a layer of waxed paper between each layer of cookies.

  4. 4

    Write the date the cookies were stored on a label with a marker and place the label on the outside of the airtight container. Place the airtight container in a spot where it will remain at room temperature.

  5. 5

    Remove the cookies from the airtight container after they have been at room temperature for a week. If you want to freeze them, wrap the cookies in foil and then wrap them again. The cookies need not be wrapped individually; you can wrap several together in a manageable bunch.

  6. 6

    Write the date that the cookies were wrapped in foil on a label with a marker. Place the label on each bunch of cookies.

  7. 7

    Place the cookies in the freezer. Consume them within three to four weeks of freezing.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not wrap shortbread cookies with other kinds of cookies, or they will absorb the other cookies' flavour.

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