Bakery or homemade cookies can be stored at room temperature two to three weeks or two months in the refrigerator. Cookies retain their quality when stored in the freezer for eight to 12 months. Moist bars, such as cheesecake and lemon bars, can be refrigerated for seven days.
Make sure cookies cool completely before storing. Store them at room temperature in an air-tight container, like Tupperware. Store different flavors separately. Over time, strongly flavored cookies like molasses or mint will seep into other cookies, so if possible store each flavor in its own container.
The answer is yes but it all depends on the type of cookie, how they are stored, if they are opened or unopened, and other factors. Most unopened cookies last 1-2 months in the pantry. Cookies that are already opened last 7-21 days. Many do not think of cookies as going bad but merely going stale.
Cookies Expiration Date
|Packaged Cookies (Soft) last for||7-10 Days||4-5 Months|
|Packaged Cookies (Hard) last for||2-3 Weeks||4-5 Months|
|Homemade Cookies (Soft) last for||2-3 Days||4-5 Months|
|Homemade Cookies (Hard) last for||2-3 Weeks||4-5 Months|
When to Store Cookies in the Fridge
Cookies can last in the fridge for two weeks but eating them sooner is better. Store cookies in the fridge in a fully sealable plastic bag or plastic container.
Shortbread and shortbread cookies: These keep for at least 1 month. Springerles: These should be made 2 weeks before serving and they keep for several months.
Grahams are good for 3 weeks; gingerbread for several months.
- Gingerbread folks: These keep for several months.
- Graham crackers: These keep for at least 3 weeks.
“If you do eat a food past the expiration date [and the food] is spoiled, you could develop symptoms of food poisoning,” said registered dietitian nutritionist Summer Yule, MS. The symptoms of foodborne illness can include fever, chills, stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
How Long Do Chocolate Chip Cookies Last? Chocolate chip cookies will last up to 5-7 days after baking if stored at room temperature.
Properly stored and unopened packaged chocolate chip cookies can last up to two months. If opened, then they can last for up to 3 weeks. Packaged store-bought cookies do last quite a bit longer than homemade cookies.
The easiest way to keep them fresh without adding in a type of preservative, is to scoop cookie dough and freeze them for at least 24 hours before baking. This adds moisture to the dough in the form of ice crystals.
Cookies, Crackers and Chips
When cookies or chips get old, the stale taste is quite obvious. But as long as it doesn’t smell funky (the oils in the cookie may go bad over a long period of time) and it doesn’t crumble apart in your hand, then it’s okay to eat.
Tightly sealed metal tins or canisters, held at room temperature, are the most versatile storage vessels, appropriate for many traditional Christmas cookies, including sugar cookies, spritz, bar cookies, chocolate chip cookies and nut balls.